Chamber Music Enthusiasts: SJ Music is Here!
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.

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New RCM Celebrate Theory: Harmony, Counterpoint & Analysis Special Offer
July 5, 2017

RCM Celebrate Theory: Harmony, Counterpoint, Analysis Set, Levels 9, 10 & ARCT The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) is completing 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 offer a 20% discount on the complete set of harmony, counterpoint & analysis books. This set includes:

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 $10.00 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 :-( ).

CANADA 150 Guide to Canadian Music
June 30, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA!
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!

CHORAL:

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.

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Laura Hawley – Vivre, Aimer, Partager


Local composer (and former Leading Note staff member!) Laura Hawley’s piece “Vivre, Aimer, Partager (Ahlamdoulillah / Tala’ al-Badru ‘Alayna)” gained international acclaim after going viral in December 2015!

RCM Book Prices Are Increasing!
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:

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New RCM Celebrate Theory: History Books Special Offer
January 17, 2017

RCM Celebrate Theory: History Set, Levels 9, 10 & ARCT The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) has completed the roll out of their new theory series, Celebrate Theory. The advanced level history books of this series are now available at The Leading Note.

We are pleased to continue to offer a 20% discount on the complete set of history books. This set includes the history books for Level 9, Level 10 and 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 one-year crossover period from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017. Theory 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 $10.00 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 :-( ).

It’s Christmastime at the Leading Note!
December 12, 2016

It’s almost Christmas time and the elves have already visited the shop (check out our Facebook page for pictures)! If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the musician in your life (be they teacher, student, professional, or just a passionate music lover), here at the Leading Note, we have you covered! Check out some of our gift ideas below!
 

 Musical Instrument Colouring Book New to the shop just a few weeks ago is this super cool Musical Instrument Colouring Book! The intricate designs are perfect for older children and adults alike! You may even see some instruments you don’t recognize…

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New RCM Celebrate Theory Special Offer
July 11, 2016

RCM Celebrate Theory Elementary-Intermediate Set, Levels 1 - 8Have you heard? The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) has just released a new Theory Syllabus along with a new theory series, Celebrate Theory! The elementary and intermediate parts of this series are available at The Leading Note now, with the advanced portion of the series planned for early 2017.

As always, The Leading Note is your best source for this new series! We are pleased to continue to offer a 20% discount on the complete elementary-intermediate set of theory books.

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 one-year crossover period from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017. Theory 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.

This complete elementary-intermediate set includes the books and answer books from preparatory through level 8, along with the new 2016 syllabus — 12 books in total!

Please note that a $15.00 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).

Introducing SiR – Sistema-inspired Resources
April 27, 2016

SiR - Sistema-inspired ResourcesSistema GlobalThe Leading Note would like to announce a partnership with Sistema Global to introduce Sistema-inspired Resources (SiR), a project that will be the most comprehensive source and creative hub of Sistema-inspired print music and pedagogical resources worldwide.

 

Sistema Global has long provided free repertoire and pedagogical resources meant for everyone in the global El Sistema community. To complement this, The Leading Note side of the project is intended to provide resources for sale that reflect the recommendations from a number of Sistema programs and their members. The resources on the SiR product page will consist of:

  • commercially available music from established publishers that has been proven to work for existing Sistema programs:
    • this evolving project will provide a forum for programs to recommend and share ideas about published works that kids love to play.
  • original compositions and arrangements in a wide array of styles (classical, jazz, world, pop, rap, etc.) that are suitable for Sistema programs:
    • this will encourage programs and composers to create a revenue stream by using the platform to sell their own successfully performed arrangements and compositions, and
    • it will include multi-level and flexible-instrumentation works that accommodate a wide range of ensembles.

A 15% discount will be offered to all programs registered with Sistema Global for all music on our site (in addition, a percentage of each sale will be donated to Sistema Global).

Please contact us if:

  • you have any recommendations for commercially available music from established publishers that you have found to work well for your group, or
  • you have any material that you would like to be sold through this site. Given that all copyright considerations are successfully met, all original music will be added to the SiR site and a percentage of the proceeds will be directed to Sistema Global.