Answered By: Lisa Hamilton
Last Updated: Jan 10, 2017     Views: 242

In most cases, a keyword search for a performer or album name and cd (example: black keys cd) will work fine. If you find you are getting too many irrelevant results, you can use the following method to narrow your search:

  1. In the catalog search box, choose your search type using the drop-down menu:
    • Performer or composer - select author
    • Album title - select title
    • Song title - select keyword
  2. Type your search terms in the box. Use quotation marks when searching for a song title, e.g., "I am a rock"
  3. Click Search.
  4. When your search results appear, click Format on the left, click Music & Sound and check the box by Music CD.
     

CALL NUMBERS

The Library switched to a new, more user-friendly system to organize musical recordings. The new call number includes CD, then a word describing the type of music, followed by four characters of the artist's last name. (Example: CD COUNTRY NELS is a country recording by Willie Nelson).

  • APPRECIATION = Music Appreciation
  • BALLET = Ballets
  • BAND = Marching band
  • BLUES = Blues artists
  • BLUEGRASS = Bluegrass artists
  • CHAMBER = Chamber music
  • CHORAL = Choral music, chorus
  • CHRISTIAN = Popular Christian music
  • CONCERTO = Concerti, various instruments
  • COUNTRY = Classic, contemporary
  • ELECTRONIC = Electronic or synthesized music
  • FOLK = American folk music
  • GOSPEL = Traditional gospel music
  • GUITAR = All types, featuring guitar
  • HOLIDAY = Christmas, Chanukah, Halloween, etc.
  • JAZZ = All jazz, including Big Band
  • LATIN = Latin music and artists
  • MUSICALS = Musicals from the stage
  • OPERA = Complete operas, opera highlights
  • ORCHESTRAL = General orchestral music
  • ORGAN = All types of organ music
  • PERCUSSION = Primarily or exclusively percussion instruments
  • PIANO = Piano artists
  • POP = Pop music and artists
  • RAP AND HIP-HOP = Rap and Hip-Hop artists
  • REGGAE = Reggae artists
  • ROCK = 1950s to the present
  • RHYTHM AND BLUES = Rhythm & Blues artists, Motown
  • SOUND EFFECTS = Sound effects, nature sounds
  • SOUNDTRACK = Movies, television
  • STRINGS = Harp, cello, others besides violin
  • SYMPHONY = Symphonies
  • VIOLIN = Violin artists, solo or accompanied
  • VOCAL = Classical, traditional solo vocal performance
  • WIND = Brass, woodwind
  • WORLD = World folk, ethnic music