Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Saturday, 30 October 2010


RSAMD users are reminded that they need to log out (click the red button) after using the service. This ensures maximum logins at any one time, and reduces the chance of getting turned away when we reach our limit! Thank you. Username and password required.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Royalty-free recorded music

Something that might be useful to film-producers - well, anyone needing royalty-free music. Here's a quote from AKM Music's homepage:-
Welcome to AKM MUSIC: the UK’s number one producer of high quality Copyright Free Music / Royalty Free Music. Our music is sold and used worldwide as producers in the media industry see the benefits of using pre-cleared Copyright Free Music / Royalty Free Music in their productions. Our simple no restriction licence allows you to use the music on all commercial projects and the music can be purchased as CDs, CD Roms or MP3 instant downloads.
NB WhittakerLive discovered this serendipitously - not by receiving advertising.

Times Higher Education

Some views about higher education fees - worth a read.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

International Student Christmas - A Cumberland Lodge residential event

International Student Christmas
(Friday 17th - Sunday 19th December 2010)
Cumberland Lodge has been running a Christmas event for international students for over 60 years. This event is mainly for people from overseas who have never been to the Lodge before. This pre-Christmas weekend is the longest established event at Cumberland Lodge. Students from other countries that are currently in Britain are welcome to have a taste of a typical British Christmas with a personal appearance by Father Christmas almost guaranteed. The registration fee is £65, which includes wine, food, shared accommodation and entrance to Windsor Castle. For all registration enquiries please contact:- Janis Reeves Conference Co-ordinator, Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor Tel: 01784 497794 Cumberland Lodge is an educational charity - this event is heavily subsidised.
"The time at Cumberland Lodge was unforgettable and I am confident in saying that it was one of my best Christmases ever (even though I did not spend it with my family)..."

The Sound of a Librarian

Tara Brabazon argues that "Shhhh" is not the sound of a shushing librarian, but of the steam coming out of their ears ... Provocative podcast! Listen here ... Tara suggests that we should all be podcasting more. Much more. Visit her @

Celtic Connections 2011

The programme has been released - so click here to find out more!
  • Celtic Connections is on Facebook, too.
  • Go to the gigs and save, save, save! It would be irresponsible not to tell you about the Celtic Connections discount card!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Just released by Mel Bay this very week!
The Whittaker Library will have it on order before you can say 'Glengarry', so check the catalogue soon ...

Monday, 25 October 2010

How we educate - Sir Ken Robinson on YouTube

RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award. Watch it on YouTube - 11 minutes of very interesting commentary, illustrated with an animated cartoon.

Rob Adams reviews the SNJO concert in the Herald

Last week, Rob Adams reviewed the SNJO in The Herald. Read the review here if you missed it.

Glasgow Galleries Guide

Performers - get some inspiration from the visual arts!
If you're lucky enough to be based in Glasgow, it would be a shame not to take advantage of all that's on offer.
Glasgow Galleries Guide

Saturday, 23 October 2010

On this day - Alexander Campbell returned home ...

195 years ago today, musician Alexander Campbell returned home from his song-collecting trip in the Scottish Highlands and Western Isles. He covered between 1100 and 1200 miles mainly by boat or on foot, gathering specimens for his Albyn's Anthology collection - which he would publish in two volumes between 1816 and 1818.
On 23rd October 1815, Campbell took the mail-coach from Stirling back to his home town, Edinburgh.
No emails or Facebook to check up on, though he had been away for three months. Just a mountain of snail-mail, including communications from all the people whose arms he had twisted to collect songs or tales for his project ...
Yes, RSAMD Whittaker Library has a facsimile copy of Albyn's Anthology. Naturally! Check the catalogue here.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2011)

Colleagues at RSAMD are advised that music education topics are listed amongst the subjects that the conference specifically hopes to cover.
DATES: April 4-7, 2011, Toronto, Canada WEBSITE: CALL FOR PAPERS Canada International Conference
The CICE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The CICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education. The aim of CICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The CICE 2011 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance evaluation. All the accepted papers will appear in the proceedings and modified version of selected papers will be published in special issues peer reviewed journals.


  • December 15, 2010 - if you're offering a Research Paper, Case Study, Work in Progress or Report;
  • December 28, 2010 - Acceptance date for Notification of Paper, Case Study, Work in Progress and Report;
  • March 1, 2011 - Final Paper Submission Deadline for Conference Proceedings Publication;


  • November 20, 2010 - Participant(s) Registration (Open);
  • January 31, 2011 - Author(s) Early Bird Registration Deadline;
  • March 4, 2011 - Author(s) Late Bird Registration Deadline.

Why Irish Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama?

Don't underestimate the links between Welsh, Irish and Scottish Highland music. For example - Irish bards travelled between Ireland and the Highlands. Manuscripts from Mull include harp tunes from Echlin O'Kane, an Irish harp-player. Want early Gaelic harp info? Try this link:-

Irish music from a historical perspective

You'll find a great list of historical editions on the LibraryIreland website. It's designed to introduce you to Irish history and culture. The music list is taken from a book called A History of Irish Music by William H. Grattan Flood. These days, Flood's critical work is considered flawed, but his list is still impressive - chronological - and gives plenty of food for thought.

Australian Music Centre

Don't mourn over the miserable summer that we had in Scotland - just visit the Australian Music Centre website for some summery inspiration to brighten our dull autumnal days.

Irish Music in America

JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY FOR AMERICAN MUSIC Special Issue - Irish Music in the United States Volume 4/04 (November 2010) is now available online. RSAMD staff/students can access this online through the Cambridge Journals website:-
  • Click on the Browse Journals link
  • Search under Journal of the Society for American Music
Exploit our e-journals!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

British Library - Growing Knowledge

Today, there are loads of social media (web 2.0) tools enabling you to organise your research and collaborate with like-minded individuals. Take a look at the British Library's Growing Knowledge page, and be prepared to be amazed.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Turn down the iPod sound!

DANGER DANGER DANGER! iPods are ‘damaging our children’s ears’: the Daily Mail says that hearing loss in teenagers has risen 30% in 20 years. Don't take your hearing for granted - and don't underestimate thehidden dangers of those earphones! One in five adolescents had a hearing problem in a sample taken between 2005-6. Posted on the Daily Mail website 18th August 2010. Teenagers might not appreciate this reminder; however, turning down today's decibels could make tomorrow's communication easier.