The Music Collection supports Ball State’s Musical Theatre program with sheet music (scores), recordings, and assists in the selection of DVDs for the Educational Resources collection.   This means that fans of Broadway musicals have access to a rich diversity of materials for enjoyment.

The following are some terms you can use as keywords to help you find what you need in CardCat.  Use “and” to include these types of scores or “not” to exclude them:

  • “Scores, musical:”  when using Advanced Search, this is the format for all printed music
  • “Vocal score” is the descriptive term for any sheet music for voice with piano.  The chords for a guitar are often included.
  • “Anthology” is a collection of songs, usually on a theme.
  • “Excerpts” are songs from a larger work, grouped together.
  • Arrangements are indicated by “arr.” in CardCat listings.
  • “Author” in CardCat can be a singer, songwriter, bandleader, or lyricist.
  • “Title” searches for individual songs or titles of songbooks.  It may accidentally return records for  anthologies or songbooks with similar song titles.  Click on “details” then use “Find” in your browser to verify an exact match for your song.

Subject searching usually works only for retrieving whole songbooks devoted to one subject, such as “Bride’s Guide to Wedding Music,” which has the subject heading “Wedding Music.”  If you need assistance finding songs on a theme, there are many resources to help you identify individual songs to search.  Feel free to ask for assistance.

CDs of accompaniment parts come with many songbooks.  The most important of these is the multi-volume Singers Musical Theatre Anthology.   This anthology comes in editions for all voice types.

Ball State’s Music Librarian, Amy Edmonds, offers one-on-one research consultations in person or by e-mail.  Please contact her if you need assistance.

For assistance in locating scores, recordings, or books, contact Music Collection staff at 765-785-8188, or the music librarian at 765-285-5065.