May 24, 2018
Are you a classically-trained musician looking for a career in music retail that leaves time for teaching or performing? Are you passionate about building small business and working with wonderful customers and fellow musicians?
The Leading Note is Canada’s classical and choral print music specialist. The store opened in 1999 and developed into what is now Ottawa’s classical music hub. Over the last few years, our customer base has grown geographically throughout Canada and the US via our vibrant online store.
The Assistant Manager reports to the General Manager of The Leading Note and will be working with The Leading Note’s committed owners and team. This position is multi-functional and involves a diverse range of responsibilities. This part-time, career-oriented position is long-term and may evolve over time. This employee will play a key role in the growth of both on-line and in-store aspects of the business.
Customer service and Special Orders: (50%)
- Research print music requests
- Organize and oversee receipt of special orders
- Communicate directly with customers (by e-mail, phone, and in-person)
- Enter updated syllabi requirement in database
- Enter and categorize new issues in database
- Maintain customer e-mail database
- Other related duties
Social Media Marketing: (10%)
- Produce content, including photography, for social media (Facebook and Instagram)
- Schedule social media posts in collaboration with the General Manager
- Respond to customer engagement on social media
- Manage all shipping of orders
- Manage all on-line orders
- Prepare customer invoices
Book keeping: (5%)
- Enter supplier invoices into accounting program
- Passion for and knowledge of classical music (classically trained musicians preferred)
- Self-starter, strong initiative
- Enthusiasm for small, community-oriented business
- Excellent English language communication skills
- Computer skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
- Ease with using Social Media (e.g. Facebook and Instagram)
- Familiarity with the Royal Conservatory of Music’s (RCM) curriculum
- Excellent multi-tasking ability and exceptional organizational skills
- A sense of humour!
- Music/arts administration/librarian background
- Retail or customer service experience
- Knowledge of print music publishing
- Strong photography and social media skills
- Strong graphic design skills
- Experience using Simply Accounting software
- French and other languages
The Leading Note music store is located on Elgin Street in downtown Ottawa. All work is performed on-site.
The Assistant Manager is a part-time position of a minimum of 20 hours per week (ideally four hours per day from Monday to Friday), starting in late-July/early-August. The salary range will be in line with experience. A performance review will take place after the first month and after the three month probation period.
Please submit a brief letter of introduction (one page) and résumé by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 15, 2018. (Please do not make telephone enquiries.) Information about The Leading Note music store can be found on-line at www.leadingnote.com. The Leading Note appreciates the effort that goes into every application, but will only respond to those individuals who are called to interview.
April 18, 2018
The Royal Conservatory (RCM) has just announced the fifth edition of their acclaimed classical guitar series. Drawing upon the RCM’s reputation of excellence, this new edition presents a fresh and exciting selection of material to engage classical guitar students at all levels. Each progressive Repertoire and Etudes book explores a wide range of historical periods and styles, featuring pieces compiled from more than 500 years’ worth of guitar and other plucked-string music. With this series, teachers and students will embark on an innovative learning path designed to foster well-rounded musical development and an enduring passion for their instrument.
The nine books in this one-of-a-kind series include carefully chosen repertoire and etudes that introduce students to both classic favorites and new, exploratory pieces. Featuring updated repertoire from modern composers such as Sérgio Assad, Dušan Bogdanović, and Roland Dyens, and an increased presence of South American music, this progressive series provides an excellent balance of styles suitable for students of all ages and learning styles.
We are pleased to offer a 20% discount on the Complete Set of the new 2018 RCM Classical Guitar . The 11 books in this set consist of:
- 9 Repertoire & Etudes books, from Preparatory to Level 8,
- a Technique book that covers Preparatory to ARCT, and
- a Guitar Series Syllabus.
This offer is valid until the end of May, 2018.
Please note that a $15 shipping charge will apply if you would like this set delivered to you (sorry, but we can’t afford to give you a 20% discount plus free shipping ).
April 4, 2018
The Leading Note is grateful for the generous donation of Vintage Sheet Music from Margart Munro, previously owned by Lillian Hoffman. Miss Hoffman, a resident of Farnham, Quebec, was a violinist who graduated from the music program at McGill University in Montreal and was Margaret’s inspiration for learning the violin. Miss Hoffman was a member of the Farnham ensemble (pictured below) and knew the composer Lee Roberts (and some of the sheet music is signed by the composer himself). Miss Hoffman’s collection of nearly 300 vintage titles are currently on sale at The Leading Note and we are pleased to provide all proceeds to Ottawa’s OrKidstra program.
Founded by the owners of The Leading Note, Gary McMillen and Tina Fedeski, OrKidstra is a social development program for children aged 5 to 18 living in under-served areas of Ottawa, Canada. OrKidstra’s mission is to empower kids and build community through the universal language of music. They carry out this mission by providing children from low-income families with free group and individual music lessons and the chance to learn important life skills like respect, compassion, teamwork, and responsibility through playing and singing together.
We hope that you find something to appeal to you!
January 31, 2018
Winnipeg music teacher, Glory St. Germain, is the founder of Ultimate Music Theory. Her Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Complete Rudiments books have been popular with our customers for many years. Glory and her team, including Brockville music teacher, Shelagh McKibbon-U’Ren, have now developed a set of supplemental workbooks, which offer additional exercises to work through the new RCM Theory concepts. There is one supplemental book available for each of the new RCM Theory Levels, to be used with the associated Basic, Intermediate or Advanced books.
November 21, 2017
Some of you may already be familiar with the British publisher SJ Music, which specializes in chamber music for amateurs, particularly string players. The Leading Note is pleased to announce that the entire SJ Music catalogue is now available from us (now distributed in North America by C. F. Peters)!
Be sure to check out all 101 titles of the quirky and eclectic SJ Music catalogue.
July 5, 2017
The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) has completed the roll out of their new theory series, Celebrate Theory. The advanced level harmony, counterpoint and analysis books of this series are now available at The Leading Note!
We are pleased to continue to offer a 15% discount on the complete set of harmony, counterpoint & analysis books. This set includes:
- Harmony, Level 9,
- Harmony and Counterpoint, Level 10,
- Harmony and Counterpoint, ARCT, and
- Analysis, ARCT.
Celebrate Theory is an essential resource for developing well-rounded musicianship. Through the study of theory, harmony, analysis and history, students will engage more meaningfully with the music they hear and play.
RCM will have a special crossover period for these new harmony books that extends to August 31, 2018. Harmony examinations written in the Winter, Spring, and Summer sessions will include alternate questions to accommodate students who have prepared using either the 2009 or 2016 syllabus.
Please note that a $15 shipping charge will apply if you would like this set delivered to you (sorry, but we can’t afford to give you a 15% discount plus free shipping ).
June 30, 2017
2017 is Canada’s 150th year! To mark the occasion, we’ve put together The Leading Note Guide to Canadian Music, with a list of Canadian composers, arrangers, and collections for you to browse. Check out some of our personal favourites below!
Canada has a rich and varied choral tradition, with too many composers to list all in one place! If you’re looking for that perfect Canadian piece for your choir to mark 2017, we recommend the following composers/arrangers: Stephen Chatman, Eleanor Daley, Matthew Emery, Stephen Hatfield, Laura Hawley, Donald Patriquin, Nicholas Piper, Sarah Quartel, Imant Raminsh, Mark Sirett, Nancy Telfer, Ruth Watson Henderson, Healey Willan, and James Wright.
March 20, 2017
RCM Publishing made a rather abrupt announcement last week that the prices on all Royal Conservatory of Music books will be increasing, effective immediately.
This sudden increase took us rather by surprise, as they are relatively significant – between $2 and $6 per book. However, we want to make sure that it isn’t quite as big a shock to our customers – particularly music teachers.
To this end, The Leading Note is pleased to be able to offer all RCM books at the old prices until Apr 1, 2017 (or as long a supplies last). If you haven’t already done so, this is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of our special discounts on one of the following RCM sets: