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Music - Recital and Audition preparation

A step by step guide to assist you prepare for recitals and auditions

Step 1: Choosing & finding music

Choosing music

Choosing music to perform is an exciting opportunity for you to discover what music the Library can offer in print and electronic formats.

As a starting point for choosing repertoire to perform, consult with your teacher, peers or the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Manual of Syllabuses available in the Library.

You are also encouraged to broaden your choices of repertoire by selecting music by Australian composers.  Check out the Australian Music Centre (AMC) catalogue to discover new composers and compositions for your instrument/voice. Check the Griffith Library catalogue as well, as we have many scores from the AMC.

Finding music - print

Finding print music held by the Library is easy to do.  Here are some tips to improve your searching in the Library catalogue.

Step 1: Search: Composers last name, title of music score or name of instrument   eg. Mozart concertos piano 

Step 2: Make note of the music score call number so you can find the score on the Library shelf.  Things to note:
  • Music and books in the Library are grouped by subject, so all Mozart piano concertos will be located together
  • The Library has several music score formats - full, miniature, set and parts etc. which are located in different areas

Step 3: Ask for help from our friendly Library staff if you need assistance finding the music on the shelves.

Search tips:

  • Include composer's surname
  • Include the instrument (trumpet, violin, piano, voice type)
  • Use the plural of the music genre (sonatas, symphonies, concertos) 
  • Use unique numbers. Enter the numbers only. If the score is Opus 101, just enter 101
  • Look for the subject links in the catalogue record to link you to other similar musical works 

Finding music - database

Music Online: Classical Scores Library is a database that has been purchased by the Library.  It has an extensive range of music scores available across a wide range of instruments, ensembles and genres.  Search or browse the database to locate music. Music scores can be printed in full but not downloaded.