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Brass Instruments: Call Numbers & Subject Headings

Basic resources for finding information on and music for brass instruments

Call Numbers & Subject Headings

Use the Library of Congress call numbers given below to browse the shelves for books and music; or you can use the  InfoKat Discovery Browse Search.   Set the drop-down menu in the yellow tab to Browse by Library of Congress call numbers. See instructions on browse searching in the box below score and book call number boxes.

When searching online by subject, use the Library of Congress subject headings below in an InfoKat Discovery Subject Browse search or an InfoKat Discovery Advanced Subject search.

Call Numbers


ML933       Brass instruments (general studies; history, etc.)

MT418       Brass instruments (instruction & study; instrumental techniques)


M357.4      Trios (brasses only)

M457.4      Quartets (brasses only)

M557.4      Quintets (brasses only)

M657.4      Sextets (brasses only)

M757.4      Septets (brasses only)

M857.4      Octets (brasses only)

M957.4      Nonets (brasses only)

M1200-M1268     Band music (includes brass bands)

Call Number Browse Search

If you already know the call number of the genre or medium you are looking for, try these steps to browse the shelves online:

  • Go to InfoKat Discovery Browse search
  • Set the drop-down menu in the yellow tab to Browse by Library of Congress call numbers
  • Type in a call number, for example, MT733, and you'll retrieve books about brass bands that the library owns.

Subject Headings for Scores, Recordings, & Books

InfoKat Discovery Subject Browse--Just type in the following and you'll get a listing of each genre with various brass instruments:

For example, browse Brass band music and you'll also see:
   Brass band music -- 19th century
   Brass band music, Arranged
   Brass bands
and other headings.

Or, browse Brass instruments to get the following combinations:
   Brass instruments -- Instruction and study
   Brass instruments -- Tuning

and other headings.

Additional subject headings to browse:
   Brass ensembles
   Brass instruments
   Brass instruments -- Maintenance and repair
   Brass octets

   Brass quintets
   Brass trios
   Concertos brass 
   Wind quintets