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Searching for Scores and Recordings in Scout

More Search Tips

Formatting Names:

  • Use full names for composers with common surnames 
  • Use standard English-language spellings (i.e. "Rachmaninoff" instead of "Rachmaninov")
  • Avoid abbreviating names (i.e. J.S. Bach)

Searching for Vocal Music:

  • To specify vocal range in your search, indicate high, medium, or low voice 
  • You can add vocal range to some subject headings, like "Songs (High voice)" OR you can simply search "high voice" as a keyword
High voice Medium voice Low voice
Soprano Mezzo Soprano Alto
Tenor Baritone Bass


  • Avoid using keys in your search terms (such as "C" or "G minor")

Finding recordings by format:

  • For CDs, add a keyword search for "compact" or "CD"
  • For LPs, add a keyword search for "LP"
  • For streaming media, add a keyword search for "electronic"

Digital Scores

Streaming Media