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Percussion Music Resources

Resources for percussionists

Tips for Searching the Online Catalog


  • A keyword search searches almost every word in a catalog record.
  • It can be a handy way to get started (searching with composer’s name and opus number, for instance) but learning some other searching strategies can make your search more efficient and cut down on irrelevant results.


  • Do an author search for composers and/or performers.
  • Enter authors’ names in indirect order (last name, first).


  • Subject searches use “controlled vocabulary,” an established set of terms that describe the contents of a library object.
  • Starting a search with these established terms can cut down on your search time and improve your results.
  • These subject headings are used for both scores and recordings.


Sample subject headings for solo percussion music: 

Drum music
Drum music (Jazz)
Marimba -- Studies and exercises
Xylophone music, Arranged
Percussion music

Sample subject headings for duets:

Xylophone music (Xylophones (2)) -- Scores

Marimba and piano music -- Scores   

Sample subject headings for 2 or more percussion players:

Percussion ensembles


  • Limit your search by format (sound recording, score, DVD, etc.) to improve results.
  • In a keyword search, apply limits at the beginning of your search.
  • In all other searches, click on “Limit & Sort Search” after you have retrieved results to limit your search.