The easiest way to find music scores in the SUNY Adirondack Library is to go to the upper floor of the library and browse in the music call number area M 1000 to M 1500. Ask a librarian to direct you if needed. You'll find the scores section easily - most are oversized books in the same section.
Or, click this link below for ideas. That link leads to a search for the word Scores as a subject heading. To limit this search to physical books, click the Circulating Books checkbox in the left column. If you're using this from off-campus, log in with your username password when prompted.
Here are a few examples of sheet music the library has to offer:
To find a book about your musician or a music topic:
You may borrow circulating books for four weeks.
Below are a few examples of books about music and musicians that the library has to offer. New items added to the library collection are listed at the bottom of this page.
To find an article about your musician or a music topic:
You can also search specific library databases to find scholarly and popular articles, encyclopedic entries, and more. Most of the library's databases are searched through the Start Your Research Here search box, but some are not. Below are specific databases relevant to music, as well as links to other subject-specific lists of databases and general databases.
Below are lists of online publications dealing with various aspects of music. Each link leads to a list of journals and magazines that are organized alphabetically by the title of the publication. To find a specific journal or magazine, type a title, subject, or ISSN/ISBN into the search box at the top of the page. To find articles within a specific publication, type a search term into the "Search within Publication" box associated with the desired journal or magazine.
The library subscribes to many print periodicals, including Billboard, Down Beat, Instrumentalist, Journal of Popular Culture, New York Times, People Weekly, and Rolling Stone. They are located on the top floor of the library, near the Reference Desk. Many other publications will also have articles about music and musicians. Our print items are supplemented by thousands of journals and articles in our electronic databases. You can also look at music industry magazine websites for relevant articles and news.
Films on Demand offers more than 38,000 educational and documentary videos from the History Channel, BBC, Ken Burns, Modern Marvels, Royal Opera House, much more.
To set up a playlist and other features, see:
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Try some of the following search terms when looking for library materials related to Music & Musicians:
Band AND music
Below is a link to the 60 Minutes segment about the Landfill Harmonic, the Paraguay town that made musical instruments from its trash.
The library also has the DVD documentary called Landfill Harmonic (DVD ML28.C28 L36 2016). It cannot be checked out, but it can viewed at any of the computers in the library or in a group study room. This DVD is 85 minutes long.
Songs, musical work and sound recordings may be protected by copyright laws. Learn more:
To find a music CD:
All of the CDs are located on the top shelf of the first full height shelf at the head of the stairs in the library. They are organized by call number. For assistance, ask the librarian at the reference desk.
CDs may be borrowed for two weeks.
Here are a few examples of music CDs and DVDs the library has to offer:
Audio CDs in the SUNY Adirondack Library are cataloged based on the ANSCR (Alpha-Numeric System for Classification of Recordings) System. The ANSCR system classifies sound recordings based on 46 different categories.
|The ANSCR Classification System for Sound Recordings|
|A||Music Appreciation: History and Commentary|
|B||Operas: Complete and Highlights|
|EA||Orchestral music: General Orchestral|
|EB||Orchestral music: Ballet Music|
|EC||Orchestral music: Concertos|
|ES||Orchestral music: Symphonies|
|(G)||Solo Instrumental Music|
|GG||Solo Instrumental Music: Guitar|
|GO||Solo Instrumental Music: Organ|
|GP||Solo Instrumental Music: Piano|
|GS||Solo Instrumental Music: Stringed Instruments|
|GV||Solo Instrumental Music: Violin|
|GW||Solo Instrumental Music: Wind Instruments|
|GX||Solo Instrumental Music: Percussion Instruments|
|J||Electronic, Mechanical Music|
|K||Musical Shows and Operettas: Complete and Excerpts|
|L||Soundtrack Music: Motion Pictures and Television|
|MR||Rock, Rhythm and Blues, etc.|
|P||Folk and Ethnic Music (National)|
|Q||Folk and Ethnic Music (International)|
|S||Varieties and Humor|
|SR||Varieties and Humor: Radio Transcriptions|
|ST||Varieties and Humor: Television Transcriptions|
|W||Documentary: History and Commentary|
|X||Instructional or Informational Spoken Recordings|
|Y||Sounds and Special Effects|
|ZI||Children's Recordings: Instructional|
|ZM||Children's Recordings: Music|
|ZR||Children's Recordings: Holiday Music|
|ZRC||Children's Recordings: Christmas Music|
|ZS||Children's Recordings: Spoken|
|ZU||Children's Recordings: Poetry|