Bärenreiter’s Complete Mozart Solo Piano Works
March 18, 2016

Mozart - Complete Works for Piano Solo (5 Volumes in a Slipcase)The Leading Note is pleased to be able to offer Bärenreiter’s Complete Mozart Solo Piano Works for an incredibly low price of $117.95!

Valued at over $200, this five-volume boxed edition of Mozart’s complete oeuvre for solo piano contains the definitive Urtext from the “New Mozart Edition” in a well-presented, full-sized format. For the first time, everything written for solo piano by the man who was perhaps the greatest genius in music history is presented in this unique special edition. All works have been meticulously checked to reflect the latest in musicological research.

Included in this collection are:

Detailed prefaces in German and English provide information on the genesis of the music and details on its performance – an editorial coup and the buy of a lifetime!


The Leading Note Has It All!
January 1, 2016


  • a wonderful brick and mortar shop featuring a broad and deep inventory on hand with remarkable staff who are trained musicians and experts in classical print music
  • a world class website and online store with fantastic search and browse capabilities, backed by personal communication and service
  • owners and staff who care passionately about building community through music – founders of the OrKidstra program (a social program through music for over 500 children from 42 linguistic and cultural backgrounds)


  • exceptional research service for finding and ordering print music thanks to our close collaborations with hundreds of publishers and suppliers worldwide
  • in-stock orders shipped within 24 hours with free shipping on orders over $100
  • quick turn-around times on special orders with rush ordering or digital custom prints available for emergencies


  • competitive pricing (remember to factor in shipping costs, taxes, and customs fees for a true cost comparison with other sources)
  • teacher’s discounts available and a customer loyalty program offering bonus free shipments and gift certificates, where applicable


Christmas is Here at The Leading Note!
December 1, 2015

The official countdown is on – Christmas is fast approaching! This Christmas season, give the best gift of all, the gift of music! The Leading Note is the perfect place to find gifts for the musicians in your life – including yourself. We have a wide selection of gift items to fill your holiday home galore!


Mug - Black With Red Notes BurstWhat better way to start the morning with a burst of music (and coffee of course).
Check out our collection of music-themed mugs and glasses.


Fuzzy Socks - G Clef RedKeep your feet warm and festive with these plush fuzzy knit socks. We have socks of many different colours and patterns.

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Bach to School Sale!
September 5, 2015

The Leading Note is pleased to announce our annual Bach to School Sale! From September 5 to 18, 2016, save 20% on all books by Johann Sebastian Bach.

As Johannes Brahms said:

“Study Bach: there you will find everything.”

Choose a category below to see what books are on sale for your instrument, sorted by popularity:

Piano Sale ItemsOrgan Sale ItemsHarp Sale ItemsGuitar Sale Items
Vocal Sale ItemsChoral Sale ItemsPercussion Sale ItemsEnsemble Sale Items
Violin Sale ItemsViola Sale ItemsCello Sale ItemsDouble Bass Sale Items
Flute Sale ItemsOboe Sale ItemsClarinet Sale ItemsBassoon Sale Items
Saxophone Sale ItemsRecorder Sale ItemsTrumpet Sale ItemsFrench Horn Sale Items
Trombone Sale ItemsTuba Sale ItemsBooks on SaleCDs on Sale

Year-End Gift Ideas!
June 11, 2015

Now that the school year is drawing to a close, so too are music lessons. Will you or your students be participating in year-end recitals? Recitals are a great occasion for students to show off what they have learned, for teachers to showcase their studio and the progress of their students, and for parents to see what their child has accomplished! From my experience as both a student and teacher, there is nothing more rewarding than the year-end recital.


As recital season quickly approaches, now is the perfect time to start to think about teacher gifts, as well as student gifts. We have a wide variety of musical-themed gifts here at the Leading Note that are a great way to say thank you to your teacher, or to congratulate your student on a job well done!

Brooch - Violin (Sterling Silver with Green Amber)
We are now carrying beautiful amber jewellery from Kamila’s Amber. These unique Canadian designs are made with sterling silver and authentic amber from the Baltic Sea!
We have many designs in earrings, brooches, and pendants that range from music notes, to treble and bass clefs, and instruments. These items are a beautiful way to thank your music teacher for all the hard work, patience, and guidance they have provided in the last year.


Mug - Latte (Tall)
What better way to start the morning with a burst of music (and coffee of course).  Browse through our various mugs and glasses.


Cookie Cutters - Music Instruments Set
Turn those plain round cookies into masterpieces with this 7-pc set of cookie cutters. Includes: grand piano, 3 sizes of 8th notes, violin, guitar, and treble clef. We also carry individual cookie cutters.


Note Pad - Chopin Liszt
These notepads are not only useful, but have musical puns (a musician’s favourite)! Browse our many different Note Pads/Books.
Bach 5 Inch Composer Statuette
Does your teacher have a favourite composer? These composer statuettes are a great little accessory for the home or even at the piano.
From Bach to Beethoven to Mozart, we carry a wide variety of composers and sizes.

Students deserve gifts too! From pencils, to bookmarks, to musical straws, we have many small gifts that would be a great way to congratulate your students. And, of course, there is much, much more! Visit our Gifts product page to browse our full range of gifts.

Can’t quite decide on that perfect gift? Gift Certificates are a particularly good choice for your teacher/student. 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.

Complimentary Workshop on New RCM Piano Series!
April 14, 2015

New RCM Piano SeriesThe Leading Note will be hosting an informative, complimentary workshop on the morning of Friday, May 8, 2015.  The workshop will cover all of the aspects of the brand new RCM Celebration Series® for Piano and will be led by Dr. Kent McWilliams, a senior member of the Royal Conservatory’s College of Examiners. This will be a not-to-be-missed workshop for all piano teachers and advanced students!


Here are all the pertinent details, including information on how to RSVP. Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot today!

  • Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (refreshments will be served)
  • Location: First Unitarian Congregation (30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, just off Richmond Road)
  • Transportation: Ample free parking – also served by buses 2 and 87 (stop at Cleary Avenue and Richmond Road) – accessible by bicycle from the Ottawa River Pathway
  • Admission: FREE!
  • Door Prize: Books from the new Celebration Series
  • RSVP: Please reserve in advance through the RCM website (scroll down until you find the May 8 Ottawa/Gatineau workshop) or with The Leading Note directly by emailing (info@leadingnote.com) or phoning (613-569-7888 or 1-866-569-7888)

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New RCM 2015 Piano Series Special Offer
February 17, 2015


RCM 2015 Piano SeriesHave you heard? The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) has just released a NEW Piano Series!

As always, The Leading Note is your best source for this new series! We are pleased to continue to offer special discounts on a variety of different sets to all of our loyal customers. And, we will be hosting a workshop on the new series on Friday, May 8, 2015. See our blog entry for more details.


Special Discounts Available

Now that the books are available, we are pleased to continue to offer the following discounts:

20% discount on the following sets:

15% discount on the following sets:

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The Leading Note Celebrates 15 Years!
November 19, 2014