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Library Research Guides

Percussion Resources

This is a guide to locating information and materials related to percussion in the Music Library.

Audio & Video Recordings

The Music Library holds many audio and video recordings that feature percussion.  Below are some tips to locating these items.

You can conduct a subject search in the Library Catalog by using some of the subject headings below.  The results should list those items that contain your search terms somewhere within the assigned subject for those items.  Be sure to place search phrases in quotes for more exact results.  Once you have a list of results, refine your search results by format.  On the left side of the results list under Format, select the audio or video format you desire.

You can also conduct a keyword (i.e. All Fields) search on the word "percussion" and then limit your results by format; however, be aware that the search results include materials that may only mention percussion.

If you haven't found what you are seeking, try narrowing your scope by searching for specific percussion instruments, such as "marimba" or "xylophone".  Also, for chamber ensemble music, you can use "Percussion ensembles" to locate items with all percussion instrumentation and use "Trios" (or "Quartets", etc.) to locate items with mixed instrumentation (ex., wind and percussion).  Please note that these are general terms and phrases that can lead you to more specific terms and phrases connected to items that feature percussion.

Online Audio Resources

The Music Library subscribes to a number of online streaming databases that include audio recordings featuring percussion.