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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Keyboard Resource Guide


This page collects resources for beginner piano for all ages. Browse the next box to check out selected materials for beginning piano broken up by audience (children and adult resources) - this is just a sampling of the resources available to you at MPAL! To browse the shelves and do some searching on your own, be sure to consult the call number recommendations and suggested search terms provided in the Tips for Exploring the Collection box at the bottom of the page.

For more information on how to locate materials in the library and how to narrow your search for specific types of materials, please see our guide dedicated to Finding Music Materials (linked below).

Suggested Beginner Resources

Tips for Exploring the Collection

Browsing the shelves for materials related to your topic can be a great way to identify items that may be useful to you! If you find one or two items in the catalog that seem promising, look on the shelves at the items surrounding them.

If you want to read more about call numbers and how to decipher them, check our guide to Classification Systems. If you're not sure where to go in the Library to browse one of these call number ranges, please ask us at the service desk and we'll be happy to point you in the right direction or walk you to the shelves! 

For search suggestions to browse the catalog, check out the next tab of this box!

Suggested Call Numbers

  • Piano – Instruction and Study: MT220 - MT255
  • Piano – Instruction and Study – Juvenile: MT745 - MT758
  • Piano – Methods: MT222
  • Piano – Methods – Juvenile: MT746
  • Piano – Fingering: MT232
  • Piano – Pedaling: MT227
  • Piano – Studies and Exercises: MT225 - MT240
  • Piano – Studies and Exercises – Juvenile: MT755
  • Piano Music (One Hand): MT226

Search by Subject

Each item in the library catalog is assigned one or more subject headings to tell you what it is about. By using a subject search, you can use a prescribed set of terms for library materials known as a controlled vocabulary in the form of subject headings in order to increase the precision of your search. By doing so, you can reduce the number of results that are potentially irrelevant to your search and find more materials that fit your needs.

To search by subject in the catalog:

  • Open the library catalog and click on "Advanced Search" to the right of the search bar
  • Underneath "Search filters", you'll see that the default is set to "Any Field"
  • Click on the arrow next to "Any Field" and select "Subject" from the drop-down menu
  • Try a search with one of the subject headings recommended below
  • Once you've found a relevant book in the catalog, you can also use the subjects listed in the record to find additional related materials

Recommended Subject Headings