New RCM Classical Guitar Series: Special Offer
April 18, 2018

RCM Classical Guitar Series - Complete SetThe 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:

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 :-( ).

Ultimate Music Theory – New Resources
January 31, 2018

St. Germain, Glory; Ultimate Music Theory - Supplemental Workbook - NEW!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.

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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) 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:

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 :-( ).

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 15% 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 $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 :-( ).

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 15% 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 15% discount plus free shipping).