How do your organize your library of music books? About a month ago, I purchased a new bookshelf (see photo) for my music, because most of my books were still in boxes with no place to go since our move to our new apartment. In just a few hours, I managed to re-organize all my music books, and I’m proud to say I can actually find stuff I’m looking for when I need it!
Here’s how I organize my books:
I divide my music into two major categories:
- Student-level repertoire
- Advanced repertoire
Within the above categories, I divide my books further into the following categories:
- Sheet music — organized by level (e.g., early elementary, late intermediate, etc.).
- Classical music — alphabetized by composer last name.
- Classical Anthologies — books that contain pieces by a number of different composers. When possible, I organize these books chronologically (i.e., by music period).
- Sacred music — books of hymn arrangements.
I also have a few other categories:
- Method Books — such as Alfred, Faber, etc., organized by method series and then by level.
- Technique — such as Finger Power, Dozen A Day, Hanon exercises, etc.
- Theory — such as Notespellers, books of theory worksheets, etc.
How do you organize your music library?