Finding Percussion Music: Browse Shelves and Online

A guide to locating percussion music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Browse Online by Subject

In the online catalog, the SUBJECT searches below will yield books and music concerning percussion (this is not a complete list).

Remember to use the options on the left side of the results page to refine your search by format or other parameter(s): Music (Printed Music, Music Recordings), Audio, Subject (percussion and piano music, percussion ensembles), etc.:

If you find a piece you want in the online catalog, go to the "Subjects" tab and click on the hyperlinked Subject to see other similar works.

A complete list of subject headings can be found in Music Subject Headings, which is bound in red and kept on the index table in the Reference Room. Percussion subject headings begin on page 376.

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Browse the Shelves

Because printed music and books are classified - that is, grouped with similar items on the shelf - browsing can be an effective method for finding what you want.

If you're looking for percussion music in a particular medium, these classifications can guide you in the stacks (this is not a complete list):

By Library of Congress Call Number:

M Printed Music
M146 Percussion music (drums)
M175.X Solo marimba, vibraphone and xylophone music
M285 Music for 2 or more percussion instruments
M985 Instrumental music incl. one or more player and
two or more percussion instruments
M1038, M1039 Music for percussion and orchestra
ML Literature (books) on Music
Ref. ML102.P4 Percussion instrument dictionaries and encyclopedias
Ref. ML128.P23 Bibliographies of percussion music
ML1030 Books about percussion instruments
ML1035 Books about drums
ML1036 Books about timpani
ML1038 Books about non-western drums
ML1039 Books about bells, chimes, and carillons
ML1041 Books about hammered dulcimer
ML1048 Books about marimbas
MT Music instruction and study
MT655 Percussion instruction and study
MT660 Timpani instruction and study
MT662 Drum instruction and study
MT663 Bongos and Congas instruction and study
MT664 Tabla instruction and study
MT680 Accordion instruction and study
MT682 Harmonica instruction and study
MT711 Handbells instruction and study
MT717 Hammered dulcimer instruction and study


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