Notes From the Music Library
Welcome to Notes from the Music Library, our new blog. We will be using this platform to communicate with the public, particularly during the present COVID-19 crisis, when normal library activities have been suspended. Please bookmark this page and check back for bi-weekly posts!
February is Black History Month; an opportunity for us to celebrate and honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.
In celebration of Black History Month, the University of Toronto Libraries is hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to… read more
In June of 2020, alumni from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music submitted a Call to Action to the Faculty, asking it to address systematic oppression, racism, and coloniality within the Faculty’s programming and pedagogical practices. Fuelled… read more
The Music Library is re-opening on Friday, January 8th! We continue to follow public health guidelines in order to keep staff and students safe and healthy. As we move through the semester, we will keep you up to date with further changes. Reminder:… read more
Break out your favourite crayons, coloured pencils, markers, pastels, or whatever your heart desires and get creative! To help you relax after a long, stressful semester, we have created some colouring pages for you from our … read more
A blanket of snow covers the ground and suddenly winter is upon us. Today, we bring you a small selection of winter-themed music from our collection to contribute to your seasonal soundtrack. Included are items from our physical collection (available… read more
I am happy to announce three new collections in the Music Library archives, containing, respectively, the personal and professional papers of Elizabeth Benson Guy, Emmy Heim, and Greta Kraus. All significant performers and educators, their respective… read more
Welcome to the second installment of our Virtual New Arrivals Shelf. As with the first installment, all items may be requested through our library catalogue. Click each call number to view the items in our catalogue and then select “… read more
Did you miss all the great costumes at last year’s Halloween “Frankenstein!!” concert or Barbara Hannigan’s master class with the Contemporary Music Ensemble? Are you a former student reminiscing about your performances at the Faculty of Music in the… read more
Do you miss browsing the new arrivals at the Music Library? Today, we bring you the first installment of our Virtual New Arrivals Shelf. All items may be requested through our library catalogue. Click each… read more
I am very pleased to announce University of Toronto Libraries now offers institutional access to a new digital music score platform called nKoda. This platform offers access to tens of thousands of scores from over 100 publishers, including the likes… read more
The past six month have left me dearly missing the typically endless supply of live music in Toronto in any given week. To help fill the live music void in my life, I have found myself increasingly turning towards online concerts.
I am,… read more
With a new school year upon us, and one where digital access to library resources is more important than ever, this blog provides an overview of University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) licensed e-resources that offer electronic access to audio and video… read more
I am delighted to welcome you back to the Music Library this September! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, library services look a little different this Fall. Since the Edward Johnson Building is now locked with FOB access, only those with FOBs will be able… read more
In the spirit of the back-to-school season, this week’s blog features three historical pedagogical sources to pique your interest. Selected at random from our digital collection of rare books, these instructional manuals will teach you how to sing,… read more
I am happy to share that the Robarts curbside pickup pilot will be expanded to include materials in the Music Library as of this Monday, August 17!
Hidden in the Rare Book Vault at the Music Library is a collection of early-seventeenth-century madrigals for five voices. While access to the physical copy of this treasure is not possible right now, it is fully digitized and available online. The… read more
As we approach the beginning of the Fall 2020 term, we at the Music Library are busy investigating various strategies for accessing music library materials, while maintaining safety protocols to protect library users from exposure to COVID-19. Despite… read more
Although there were some efforts in the early 1800s to publish sheet music in Canada, the sheet music publishing industry did not take off until the 1840s. Early Canadian music publishers, including A. & S. Nordheimer (established in Kingston in… read more
Today's blog post is brought to you by Tegan Ridge, a Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Toronto. The work presented here would have been part of this year's Faculty of Music… read more
In my last post, I shared some open-access resources for digital music scores. As a follow up, I thought it would be helpful to share some strategies for accessing ebooks while our libraries remain closed. Thanks to several wonderful initiatives from… read more
The Music Library holds over 1,000 volumes in its Rare Book Room that were published or copied during the Classical period, including manuscripts, published scores and parts, sheet music rebound into binder’s albums, music histories, instrument manuals… read more