By: Liz Tousey, Librarian and Collection Development Analyst

Do you have a bride-to-be looking for music to be played live at her wedding? What about a patron who’s thinking about auditioning to the local community theater and needs an anthology of classic stage tunes? Perhaps you have a local church youth choir looking for Christian rock songs. Or maybe you have a patron like me: one who’s currently teaching herself how to play the ukulele, and is interested in self-guided instruction and easy tablature. Well, we now have an eBook for that! OverDrive is happy to announce that over 3,300 Hal Leonard music scores are newly available in ePUB and OverDrive Read!

About the Collection

The scores are predominantly popular music, jazz, and musical theatre books for a vocalist or solo instrument with and without accompaniment, and include songbooks, fake books, and sheet music. There are also plenty of method books and self-guided instruction for private lesson instructors and DIY’ers, as well as music specifically for children. The popular music ranges from turn-of-the-century folk songs to Adele’s Grammy-winning 25, and the musical theater books are just as diverse. Some scores even contain the audio accompaniment! We’ve found that these files look and sound best when downloaded, due to their size.

Search Tips

The most commonly occurring BISAC code is for the collection is: “MUSIC / Printed Music / General.” But some of the more specific codes used are: “Printed Music / Guitar & Fretted Instruments” and “Printed Music / Piano & Keyboard Repertoire” and “MUSIC / Instruction & Study.” To search by instrument, we’ve found that it’s easiest to keyword the instrument, and limit your search in the left navigation bar to Publisher: Hal Leonard. Also, searching by publisher in the Basic or Advanced Search is also an easy way to review the all of the scores available.

Building your Collection

Below are a few recommended lists we’ve created to get you started with your digital music score collection. Click on the links below to log in to Marketplace and view the selections. And as always, our staff librarians would be happy to make you a customized cart of titles to review at any time- just reach out to your Collection Development Specialist, whose contact information can be found in the Support Tab of your Marketplace account.

Musical Theater and Motion Picture Movie Scores
Popular Artist Songbooks and Music Scores
Fake Book Music Scores
Songbooks and Music Books for Kids!
Wedding Songbooks & Romantic Sheet Music

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