A score is a written form of a musical composition; a printed representation of musical notations.
Musical notations: musical language that is visually represented and aurally perceived.
A score’s notations often differ depending on the instrument (i.e. keys, percussion, woodwind, strings, brass).
Scores are written in a musical key, called a scale. Keys are classified in two ways – the major scale and the minor scale – which are comprised of various pitches.
Typical features of a score include: key signature, treble clef, base clef, measures, staff or staff lines, musical alphabet, and notes (types: whole, half, quarter) (accidentals: sharp, natural, flat).
Scores are often called sheet music.
How do I find scores?
To find a score, use a keyword search that might include composer name, instrument, genre or work number.
If you search for a specific key (i.e. major or minor scale), avoid using their notational symbols. For example, use the word "flat" as opposed to ‘♭’, and "sharp" as opposed to ‘♯’.