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Music Research Guide: Scores

This research guide features resources and strategies for finding information and conducting research related to Music.


In the boxes below are instructions for finding and printing musical scores from the Jerry Falwell Library collection. If you have difficulty in finding what you need, feel free to ask for help. Call or email Mrs. Schwedt or ask for me at the Customer Service Desk.


Phone: 434-592-3357


The library has a collection scores in both print and Ebook format. All print sheet music is stored in the Automated Storage and Retrieval System. 

Method 1 - Searching the JFL Collection for scores:

  1. On the main page, click on Advanced Search. 
  2. Enter your search terms
  3. Under Content type choose Musical Scores

Method 2 - Searching the JFL Collection for scores:

  1. In the dark blue area at the top of the main library page, click on the arrow next to the word Resources.
  2. Choose Books, Articles, & More
  3. Choose Music Scores (Print and digital)
  4. Enter your search term.

Retrieving your score:

If the score is in physical format request it from the robotic system, then Request to pickup at the Customer Service Center and click Send Request.

If the item is an eBook click on the link provided to open the title.


There are two routes to open the Naxos Sheet Music Viewer on a Mac

Option 1:

  1. In the Finder, locate the app you want to open. Don’t use Launchpad to do this. Launchpad doesn’t allow you to access the shortcut menu.


2.   Control-click the App icon, then choose Open from the shortcut menu.


3.  Click Open.The app is saved as an exception to your security settings, and you can open it in the future by double-   clicking it just as you can any registered app.

Option 2:

You can also grant an exception for a blocked app by clicking the “Open Anyway” button in the General pane of Security & Privacy preferences.
To open this pane, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then click General.

Apple Menu>System Preferences:

Select Security and Privacy

The first tab will be the General tab. If the app has not been granted an exception you will see the “Open Anyway” button here in the General pane of Security & Privacy preferences.




In order to access the features of this database you will need to download the Sheet Music Now Viewer to your computer. There are options for a PC and a Mac. You will only need to download this app one time. Click on Transposing and access to the Sheet Music Viewer will be given. Note the instructions for PC and for MAC.

At the top of the main page, there is a search box for entering the title of a particular score.

From the page of sheet music, you are able to play a preview of the piece or download a PDF. After downloading the PDF, the piece is ready to be printed.

If you wish to listen to the piece, click on Get Digitized MP3.

If you want to transpose a piece, click on Transpose Music. A box will appear allowing you to transpose the piece up or down to your desired key. Your piece will then appear as a PDF in the key you have chosen, and it is ready for printing.

If you wish to transpose the piece and then listen to it, you will need to click on Open in Viewer, Download the PDF, then open the PDF.

That will take you to the viewer window where you can transpose the piece and then listen to it or print it in the new key.

If you wish to print the transposed piece, you can click on File  - Print.  Choose Microsoft to PDF and save the file to your desktop. From there you can print the pages.


Give the File a Name and save to your desktop

Open saved document. It should be the piece of music available to print.