The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world. Countless young musicians have worked their way through the RCM curriculum, with curated and crafted repertoire books used by music teachers across the continent.
In an effort to support educators in Canada and the US as they emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure they have the materials they need to continue their valued work, the RCM is gifting 20,000 teachers the latest edition in their ‘Celebration Series.’
“We think it is important and essential that this infrastructure that provides the young people of Canada with a path to self-expression and creativity remain healthy and intact,” says Dr. Peter Simon, president of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
“We thought, ‘What is the biggest step we could take?’ and very quickly arrived at the fact that we could provide these books free of charge.”
The RCM plans on gifting roughly 400,000 books across Canada and the United States
An essential resource to piano teachers, the RCM Celebration Series consists of comprehensive, pedagogically levelled repertoire and etude books from beginner Preparatory A through Level 10.
Consisting of more than 500 pieces, the sixth edition features music spanning across centuries and classical genres, including pieces by 73 living composers and 32 recently composed pieces published for the first time.
Gala concert planned to celebrate launch
Headlined by Jan Lisiecki and Stewart Goodyear, RCM presents Music Lights the Way — a special in-person and live-streamed concert from Koerner Hall in Toronto. Presenting selections from Celebration Series, Sixth Edition, the concert will fete music teachers and provide more details on the gifting of books.
To RSVP for the livestream event, visit: rcmusic.com/celebrate