Fundraiser for OYOA
December 11, 2012

The Leading Note is now carrying the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy‘s new cookbook, Sounds Delicious. This book is filled with sweet-sounding recipes by OYOA members past and present. The book is beautifully produced and is in both English and French. The price is $30, tax included (cash only), and 100% of the proceeds are returned to OYOA. Pick up a copy today for yourself or your favourite musician!

The Barenreiter Film
December 6, 2012

Barenreiter Verlag is one of the most highly-regarded publishers in the world. Known for their excellent urtext editions that are practical both for study and performance, Barenreiter seeks out the latest scholarship from musicologists to create authentic editions that are true to the earliest sources. Barenreiter’s scores are also beautifully produced on excellent paper with attractive and durable covers. Their scores are consistently of high quality, both in their content and production, being great examples of the value one gets in a good published edition.

Barenreiter has produced a film to demonsrate how their publications are produced. It is an exciting process to watch. Take a look:

Special Offer on Gift Certificates / Offre spéciale de certificat-cadeau de Leading Note
November 15, 2012

The Leading Note is the perfect place to find gifts for the musicians in your life. We stock:

  • Print Music for piano, strings, winds, brass, voice, choir, organ, guitar
  • Books about composers, teaching, performance, theory, humour, and for children
  • CDs from local artists and the Naxos catalogue
  • Gifts and Accessories, including socks, ties, scarves, notebooks, folders and gig bags
  • Gift Certificates for any value and redeemable for any product in our store!

Gift Certificates are a particularly good choice for your favourite musician if you are not sure which specific book will suit the musician’s taste. Gift certificates can be used to expand a musician’s repertoire library, to fund teaching supplies, to procure rare or special editions; or to encourage students to pursue their musical goals.

The Leading Note is now pleased to announce this special offer:

Purchase a gift certificate of $50 or more between now and December 31, 2012 and receive 10% off any other items purchased at the same time.

You can find out more about Christmas music we currently have on display in this blog post. Our browsable catalogue is online so you can search for just the right book. Our friendly staff are also available in the shop to offer assistance and guidance!

Best wishes for a happy holiday season from all the staff at The Leading Note.


Le magasin de musique Leading Note est l’endroit idéal pour trouver des cadeaux pour vos amis musiciens. Nous offrons:
  • Des partitions pour piano, instruments à cordes, voix, chorale, orgue et guitare,
  • Des livres portant sur une variété de sujets musicaux (compositeurs, enseignement de la musique, performance, théorie musicale, humour et jeunesse),
  • Des disques provenant d’artistes locaux et du catalogue de Naxos,
  • Des cadeaux et accessoires variés, incluant des cartables de musique, des cahiers de notes, des bas, des cravates, des foulards et des sacs,
  • Des certificats-cadeau à valeur indéterminée et échangeables pour n’importe quel de nos produits!

De plus, le magasin Leading Note est fier de vous proposer cette offre spéciale :

Achetez un certificat-cadeau d’une valeur de 50$ ou plus d’ici le 31 décembre 2012 et recevez un rabais de 10% applicable sur tout autre produit acheté simultanément.
Le certificat-cadeau fera le bonheur de votre musicien/ne préféré/e. Il lui permettra d’agrandir son répertoire de musique, de se procurer du matériel d’enseignement, d’obtenir une édition rare ou spéciale ; ou, tout simplement, d’atteindre ses objectifs musicaux!
Vous pouvez maintenant feuilleter notre catalogue en ligne et y trouver les partitions que vous cherchez. D’ailleurs, notre personnel chaleureux est toujours disponible pour vous donner un coup de main si vous en avez besoin!
En vous remerciant de votre appui!
John Cage turns 100!
November 14, 2012

Here at The Leading Note, we are proud to celebrate the life and work of John Cage, one of the most influential figures in music of the twentieth century.  This year marks 100 years since his birth.

Happy Birthday, John Cage

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Christmas Time Is Here
October 16, 2012

Come what joy! The Leading Note is now full of Christmas music for all your holiday needs. We have many new publications in our store for the first time and have also expanded some of our regular offerings to better suit your caroling needs.

At the front of the shop you will find a full display of piano music from elementary to advanced.

Our Christmas music for winds, brass and strings is located in the second room of the shop. Here you will find many books for flexible instrumentation. These include: Christmas Duets for All which includes two-part music for any instrument combination; Strictly Strings: Christmas & Chanukah Ensembles, arranged for any two stringed instruments; and Flex-Ability Holiday, four-part arrangements that allow for combinations of mixed instruments.

This last series is specifically arranged to combine players of different levels: parts 1 and 2 are for more advanced players while 3 and 4 are for beginners.

Vocal and choral music is found in the back room of the shop. Here you will find many collections of solos for advanced singers as well as general collections of Christmas favourites.

Our choral section includes a few new books including the latest installment of Carols for Choirs, and a new collection in Oxford’s New Horizons series, The Ivy and the Holly: 14 Contemporary Carols.

The Ivy and the Holly is great for serious choirs that are looking for new, stimulating repertoire for the Christmas season. The other books shown here are great for carolers looking for simple choral arrangements.

2013 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition
October 9, 2012

Hal Leonard Vocal Competition 2013

Last year, this competition had only 800 entrants from North America.

This city has so much top-notch vocal talent, it would be a shame to let Ottawa go unrepresented!

Please click here for all the entry requirements.

We have many Hal Leonard Art Song and Musical Theatre repertoire books in stock.

 Click here to browse our online catalogue!

Learning to Improvise
September 8, 2012

While learning to improvise has long been a requisite technique for both jazz musicians and organists, renewed interest for the art in the classical tradition has resulted in some interesting new publications lately. The study of improvisation in a jazz style is well covered in the literature and we have numerous books that deal with this specific topic and jazz theory in general that are well worth a look, but we also have a few other books with unique approaches especially tailored to classical musicians. Here are a few examples.

Pattern Play

Akiko & Forrest Kinney’s Pattern Play Series is a progressive improvisation method for pianists published by Frederick Harris, the Toronto company that publishes the books of the Royal Conservatory of Music. In Pattern Play, short musical fragments called “patterns” are provided as a foundation on which the student can begin to improvise. For beginner students, the teacher can play the pattern; more advanced students can play the pattern in one hand while improvising with the other. Each “pattern” is complemented by a “vacation” (or several) that provides a musical alternative from the pattern to create more variety. Suggested variations on the pattern and vacation are also included. Students are instructed to use particular scales for their melodic improvisations. (Read more…)

Stage Star Belt Off!
August 22, 2012

Stage Stars Records - New York, NY

If you’ve ever wanted to go to New York and become a recording artist, your chance is here!

Stage Star Records, producers of a great line of broadway accompaniment CDs, is hosting a singing competition in which one grand prize winner will win a trip to New York City, including airfare and a stay at The Milford hotel in the heart of Manhattan, to be featured on a 2013 Stage Stars recording! He or she will also win a one year subscription to Stage Door Access, a website designed to provide performers with one-of-a-kind online tools that encourage and support ongoing career development in a supportive online environment.

Second, Third and Fourth place winners will receive eight, four and three Stage Star CDs respectively, and all other finalists will be award one CD.

You can visit their Facebook page for instructions on how to enter, and a list of approved audition song choices.

Wondering where to find the backing track required for your entry? We’re glad you asked!

The Leading Note stocks the following Stage Star accompaniment/karaoke CDs:

 Come on in, pick up your audition song of choice and good luck!