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MUAG 1124: Voice Studio: Searching for Songs and Arias in the Library

How to Look Up Songs and Arias

Voice students often come to the Music Library needing help to find scores of songs or arias their teachers have assigned. People trying out for vocal groups or musical shows often come to find or browse for songs to use for their auditions. Our online catalog and our improved cataloging standards have made answering such questions much easier than it used to be. Years ago, catalogers did not usually list all of the songs or arias in each collection we owned, but nowadays they do.

A good way to search the catalog for songs or arias is to go to the music-specific search screen on our old catalog, set the “Material” pull-down to Music Scores, and enter composer and title keywords in the search boxes.

The interface looks like this:

TIP: It’s often better to leave the search-box pull-downs set to Any Field, which does keyword searching. That’s because composers and titles may be listed as contents rather than authors and titles, but the keyword searching will get results either way.

We now have a redesigned catalog called Discover for searching the online catalog in all fields. To search it, go to the Discover homepage. Once there, launch your search. Then you can customize it from the search results page by making selections from a wide variety of facets. Examples for music include Music Recordings and Music Scores.


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