Vintage Sheet Music – Fundraiser for OrKidstra
April 4, 2018

Vintage Sheet Music at The Leading Note

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.
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Messiah 101
September 10, 2014

Messiah 101

Have you always wanted to sing Handel’s Messiah?

Messiah - Novello EditionStarting September 17, Alcorn Music Studios presents Messiah 101, a 12-week course to help you learn and master the world’s favourite oratorio. Led by choral director Elise Letourneau, this course will help you learn how to keep your place in the score, how to count in your vocal entries, how to listen to the accompaniment or other vocal parts for your note, how to mark up your score and more. Learn about important vocal techniques and choral etiquette to bring you up to speed for CAMMAC’s annual Come Sing Messiah event on December 5th at Dominion-Chalmers United Church.

Don’t forget to bring a copy of the Messiah vocal score, available at The Leading Note for $12.00 +HST.

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New Website Features!
May 21, 2014

The Leading Note is excited to announce the launch of new website features that we are sure you will find extremely useful for making purchasing decisions. Our homepage now features a series of Leading Note Product Guides, including:

Guides to RCM Graded Materials

The Leading Note Guides to RCM Graded Materials

  • - An amazing resource for teachers and students alike!
  • - Find graded materials quickly and easily including both the standard publications from Frederick Harris and all supplementary editions listed in the various RCM Syllabi
  • - Includes links to repertoire, studies, popular selections, theory texts, and more
  • - Now available for piano and voice with violin and other instruments coming soon!

Guide to Products on Sale

The Leading Guide to Products On Sale

  • - The Leading Note has hundreds of books on sale for all instruments
  • - Use the guide to easily browse sale titles by instrument
  • - Save 30-50%, while supplies last!

Guide to Choral Music Repertoire

The Leading Guide to Choral Music Repertoire

All three guides are an ongoing project for us with the goal of making our website a rich source of information for all of your print music purchasing needs.  We are always open to feedback and suggestions for improvement! Please leave a comment below or contact us here.

The Leading Note:
Selection, Information, Expertise, Service, Community
Why would you order anywhere else?

Orchestral Excerpts for Percussionists
November 22, 2013

Orchestral Repertoire for Tambourine, Triangle, and CastanetsThe Leading Note now has a full complement of orchestral excerpts for percussionists. Orchestral Repertoire is a series of books compiled by Raynor Carroll that provides an excellent overview of the performance requirements for orchestral percussionists. Each volume focuses on a particular instrument or group: xylophone, glockenspiel, snare drum, bass drum & cymbals, plus tambourine, triangle & castanets. These are indispensable books for the aspiring performer!

Christmas music is here!
November 1, 2013

Christmas music display at the front of our shop

‘Tis the season for jolly merry-making and the Leading Note has lots of Christmas music to bring plenty of joy to your holiday season! Stop by our shop to check out our vast selection. We have music for voice and piano, strings, winds, brass, and choir. Of course, we have lots of music for solo piano including elementary music for children and advanced collections. (Read more…)

“See Music in a New Light”
September 6, 2013


The Leading Note is pleased to announce that we now carry the Triplet Light Music Stand. This innovative Canadian design makes it much easier for musicians to read their pages in dimly lit concert halls. The stand has been used by the Chamber Players of Canada and many other renowned artists.

Created by Ottawa’s Jack McGowan, the Triplet has a specially-designed LED lamp built into the base of the stand that lights the music from below. The stand is plugged in with a small, unobtrusive cable that runs down the tripod support. With the built in dimmer switch, you can control the brightness to suit your needs. There are no bulbs to replace and the LED lights in the stand are designed to last for 25 years! (Read more…)

Canadian Music History at The Leading Note
August 8, 2013

The bookshelves at The Leading Note are always getting more full. We recently added a few new books to our shelves that tell the stories of major Canadian musical institutions. One of these, The National Arts Centre, is very close to home—only a few blocks away. Other books cover opera, musical theatre and choral music. Read on for more information.

Art and Politics: The History of the National Arts Centre

Sarah Jennings

Art and Politics is the story of the creation and first four decades of one of Canada’s pre-eminent cultural organizations. While it documents the history of the country’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa, it also describes the arts in Canada from the 1960s to the present… Written in a documentary style, moving from episode to episode, the story is enriched by the personal memories of those who participated in the making of the NAC, including the leading artists, managers, officials, and politicians who were involved.

We also have two new books that narrate the history of the theatrical musical productions in Toronto, both opera and music theatre: (Read more…)

Reminder: Store Closing for Summer Holiday
July 11, 2013


For rest, relaxation and recuperation, The Leading Note will be closed July 15-21.

Summer is a somewhat quieter time here at The Leading Note. It has become our tradition to close the shop and take a holiday in the third week of July before the “back to school” rush kicks in.

During our holiday week, you can still make an order by searching our online catalogue.

You may be interested to know that The Leading Note has now introduced an online shopping cart! This new feature makes it easier to order the books you need, either for pick-up or mail delivery. Check out how it works or start browsing! We will also monitor e-mail periodically through the week. Most special orders will arrive July 29.

From all the staff at The Leading Note, we hope you also get a relaxing and rejuvenating break this summer.

Best wishes for the upcoming season,

Tina, Gary, Sheilah & the staff

View our hours and holidays here!