Toronto conservatory donates 400,000 books to music teachers

The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in Toronto has announced that 20,000 piano teachers in Canada and the US will receive copies of the latest version of the institution's Celebration Series resource after the launch of the sixth edition on 27 April.

The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in Toronto has announced that 20,000 piano teachers in Canada and the US will receive copies of the latest version of the institution’s Celebration Series® resource after the launch of the sixth edition on 27 April.

The comprehensive, pedagogically levelled series features 514 pieces across 12 Repertoire and 10 Etudes books.  Released once every seven years, this series includes both well-known classics and newly commissioned works. The new edition includes pieces by 73 living composers and 32 recently composed pieces published for the first time in this series. This series features composers from more than 20 countries, including 47 Canadian composers and 54 American composers. 

Over the past two years The RCM has supported music teachers by developing free teaching webinars and courses and providing free access to all RCM teachers in Canada and the US to The RCM Teacher Portal, one of the world’s largest online music teacher resources. 

The Conservatory has also offered remote examinations, completed by 50,000 students to date. 

Dr Peter Simon, President & CEO of The Royal Conservatory, said, ‘The work of music teachers is more important than ever because the capacity to create and love music elevates the human condition in a way that no other activity can match.

‘Since the COVID-19 pandemic, our focus has been to ensure the continuance of music education by supporting the critical infrastructure of independent music teachers across North America. This gift of books will enable us to continue this vital support.’