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Music Scores


MARC Coding
028 Publisher's Number
092 Call Number
       092 Adult vs. J Collection
       092 Music Scores + CDs
1XX Main Entry
245 Title
       245 |c Statement of Responsibility
300 Pagination
       300 Accompanying CD
500 Notes
505 Contents Note
6XX Subject Headings
7XX Added Entries
       700 |a |t Uniform titles



  • A music score is any music to be sung or played which is written on a staff and occupies most or all of a printed book, including fakebooks, teaching pieces and exercises.
  • This definition determines whether Msc appears in the call number, e.g.

092 Msc 782.42164 GER

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MARC Coding


Fixed fields

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028 Publisher’s Number

  • Record publisher's number or plate number, e.g.

028 30 |a PF0470

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092 Call Number

  • 123 = DDC
  • ABC = cutter

|a Msc 123 ABC
|a J Msc 123 ABC
|a J Msc French 123 ABC

  • For music scores with text (i.e. not lyrics) in world languages:

|a Msc [language]
|a J Msc [Language]

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092 Adult or Juvenile Collection

  • Music scores that are clearly published for children will be classed in the Juvenile collection, e.g.
  • works are illustrated;
  • include stories, games, etc. with the songs;
  • words in the title give the indication that the item is for children (“Children’s songbook”, “100 kids songs”);
  • collections can be of “well-known” or contemporary children’s songs and ability level of the music to be played is not a consideration.
  • Generally, single or collections of music scores of musical or motion picture soundtracks from animated or children’s movies will not be classed as juvenile, i.e. do not consider or match the classification of the videorecording or soundtrack of the movie; however, if there is clear evidence that the item is published for children (see above), class in juvenile, e.g.

“Kids’ Broadway songbook” or “Disney solos for kids” will be classed in juvenile, but “The Lion King Broadway selections”, “Shrek : music from the original motion picture”, or “Disney’s mega-hit movies : 37 contemporary classics from The little mermaid to Lilo & Stitch” will be classed in the adult collection.

  • Items which give an indication that they have been published for teens (“Great songs from musicals for teens”) will be classed as TEEN.

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092 Music Scores Accompanied by CD(s) – Adult material only

  • Music scores in book format which are accompanied by a CD(s) will be classified as print material with CD(s) as the accompanying material.
  • See Cataloguing Overview, Determining predominant format

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1XX Main Entry

  • Enter under the creator of the music score i.e. the person, family or corporate body responsible for the creation of the work (RDA 
  • creators can perform the same role (e.g., as in a collaboration between two composers) OR
  • creators can perform different roles (e.g., as in a collaboration between a composer and a lyricist)
  • Co-creation is no longer limited to a specified number of persons.
  • When multiple works by different creators are combined in a single resource, enter under a collective title; if no collective title is available, enter under the creator of the first work and provide additional entries for creators of additional works.
  • If a group name is given as the composer of every piece, the group will be the main entry (RDA - Corporate Bodies Considered to Be Creators). Note that the group name has to be given; if only individual members of a group are listed (even if all members of a group are included), determine if there is a named creator or title to use as authorized access point.
  • A performing artist, with whom music is associated, is not the authorized access point unless also a creator of the music.

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245 Title

  • In the absence of a title page, prefer the cover as chief source of information.
  • Do not use the Contents page as a title page.
  • Unless grammatically connected, generally do not record a person or group’s name as part of the title if that name appears in close association with the title. See examples below.

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245 |c Statement of Responsibility

  • List here only those composer(s) of the music as determined by 1XX Main entry above.
  • If a composer(s) is listed in the 245 |c, record the name of the person or body who popularized the music (if given prominently on the item) in a 500 note, e.g.

Item tp: Smashing Pumpkins Siamese dream.
100: Corgan, Billy.
245: Siamese dream / |c [words and music by William Corgan].
500: Music popularized by the Smashing Pumpkins.
710: Smashing Pumpkins (Musical group)


Item tp: The Rolling Stones The greatest hits.
110: Rolling Stones.
245: The greatest hits / |c [music by] the Rolling Stones.

  • If there is no composer(s) listed in the 245 |c, the name of the person or body who popularized the music can be recorded in the 245 |c if given prominently on the item, e.g.

Item tp: Los Lobos Colossal head.
245 (Title main entry): Colossal head / |c los Lobos.
500: Songs composed by various artists and popularized by los Lobos.
710: Lobos (Musical group)

  • Follow RDA "If there is more than one statement of responsibility, record the statements in the order indicated by the sequence, layout, or typography of the source of information from which the corresponding title, edition, or series information is taken."
  • When necessary, use a short phrase in the 245 |c statement or make a 500 note to clarify the relationship between the person or body listed in the 245 |c and the actual composition of the music.
  • In cases of co-composition, record 245 |c as:

On item: Beck Mellow gold
100: Hansen, Beck
245: Mellow gold / |c [words and music by] Beck [Hansen ; with some co-compositions by Karl Stephenson].
700: Stephenson, Karl

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300 Pagination

  • A music score can be described as:

1 score (50 p.)
[piece(s) of music using multiple staffs on which all the different instrumental and/or vocal parts of a musical work are written (more common in classical music)]


18 p. of music
[for various pieces of music in a book]

  • :|b music is incorrect in a music score.
  • 1 piano score or 1 vocal score must be used with care; use RDA definitions as follows:
    • Piano score - A reduction of an instrumental work or a vocal work with instruments to a version for piano. May include the words of a vocal work.
    • Vocal score - A score showing all vocal parts, with the instrumental accompaniment either arranged for keyboard(s) or other chordal instrument(s) or omitted.

300 Accompanying Part

300 1 score (100 p.) +|e1 part (77 p.) ;|c28 cm.
500 Part in pocket
500 Part for flute in pocket [use medium of performance if not available elsewhere in record]

Contents label:   2 books [if part more than 48 p.]
                            1 book
                            1 booklet

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300 Accompanying CD

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500 Notes

  • Use a 500 note to indicate which instrument/voice for which the musical score is written if not elsewhere in the body of the catalogue record, e.g.

For voice and piano, with guitar chords and symbols.

  • Note absence of a publisher's number or plate number, e.g.

500 |a No publisher's number.

  • Add a 500 note if necessary to clarify the composition of the item, e.g.

245 00 |a Very best / |c [music by] George Jones.
500 note not required.

245 00 |a Creature / |c Moist.
500 |a Songs composed by various artists and popularized by Moist.

110 2 |a Blind Melon (Musical group)
245 10 |a Selections from Blind Melon / |c [music by Blind Melon].
[The corporate body Blind Melon is named as the composer]
500 note not required.

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505 Contents Note

  • Provide a 505 listing titles of individual pieces.
  • For popular music, record the titles separated by hyphens; it is not necessary to record performers or composers, e.g.

505 \0 |aBleeding love -- Better in time -- I will be -- Forgive me -- Angel -- Yesterday.


  • The preference is to record all titles; there is no maximum number.
  • Accept as-is correct 505s in derived records, i.e. do not delete composers or performers; do not edit punctuation or capitalization.
  • Use basic not enhanced MARC coding when inputting 505s originally but do accept enhanced coding in derived records (ensure that 2nd indicator is set to “0”).
  • Before manually entering a contents note, check in SmartPort for a related record and “copy and paste” 505 (from “Display” mode) into record.
  • Do not make 740s for titles listed in 505.

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6XX Subject Headings

  • Retain vendor-supplied 655s, as they are searchable as subjects in BiblioCore.
  • Supply additional 650s as needed to enhance access, but do not duplicate 655s.
  • E.g.,

          Piano music of black composers. Level 2: Early intermediate to intermediate

          650 \0 $aPiano$xInstruction and study.
          650 \0 $aJazz.
          655 \7 $aSongs.$2lcgft
          655 \7 $aNotated music.$2lcgft 
               Add 650 \0 $aMusic by Black composers. 

  • If applicable, provide a subject heading for the type of music, e.g. Popular music, Rock music, Wedding music, etc. If a ‘vocal’ music score (i.e. words have been provided) indicates that the item has been transcribed for a single instrument, provide a further subject heading for the instrument, e.g.

On item: “Easy guitar”
650 \0 $aGuitar music.

  • If, however, the item indicates a diffusion of musical accompaniment, e.g. “Piano/vocals/guitar”, do not add a subject heading for the medium of accompaniment; if in doubt, do not add the subject heading.
  • The qualifier “Arranged” should only be used if the item indicates that the transcribed instrumentation is completely different from the original, e.g. Beatles music arranged for zither; if in doubt, do not add “Arranged’.
  • See also Subject Headings, Music Headings.

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7XX Added Entries

  • For music scores, make an added entry for the artist(s) who has (have) popularized the material and is(are) mentioned on the title page for publicity purposes, e.g.

Elvis Presley songbook - would be title main entry (because he did not write the music); added entry for Presley, because he did make it famous.

  • Make added entries for arrangers/transcribers of music when their names are given on the chief source of information.
  • Editors need to be traced only if they are prominently named and there is no other person or body given as main or added entry.

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700 |a |t Uniform titles

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Last revised Feb. 20, 2024