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Music Library resources for musicianship and music theory

The Music Library (MDML) provides SmartMusic Classic software, which is installed on laptops and iPads that can be borrowed by Music students. Also available for loan are 2 SmartMusic USB vocal microphones for use with this program. Students with SmartMusic Classic subscriptions can sign in to their account on any of the MDML Retina laptops or iPads to use the software.

Students who do not have a SmartMusic Classic subscription are limited to using Retina Mac 4 and Retina Mac 5, which have SmartMusic Practice Room subscriptions installed. Note: Reserving these laptops in advance is strongly recommended as they are in high demand. Those wishing to use the Practice Room subscriptions must first sign up for a free MakeMusic account and then sign into the SmartMusic program with that account and an internet connection. 

Practica Musica
The Music Library subscribes to Practica Musica, a software tutor in music fundamentals, ear training, and basic composition. Practica Musica is installed on the four computers with MIDI keyboards at Carrels 37, 39, 40, and 42, on the 4th floor of the Music Library, and on all desktops in the Music Student Computer Room on the 5th floor.

Resources on reserve
The Music Library's reserve collection includes several print and audio resources for musicianship and music theory training. Consult the following course reserve lists to view a selection of these materials, which can be requested at the 4th-floor service desk:

Helpful websites for musicianship practice

Good Ear
An easy-to-use introduction to intervals, triad qualities, scales, short progressions, and diatonic and chromatic pitches. Exercises
Covers rhythmic and melodic dictation (1 and 2 voices), intervals, chords, progressions, and scales. Although more complicated than Good Ear, Teoria offers more options and advanced exercises.

eMusicTheory: Free resources
Topics: note identification on the musical staff and on various instruments (piano, guitar, strings), rhythmic dictation, key signatures, intervals, scales, triads and 7th chords, and diatonic harmonies. eMusicTheory takes a little time to load and set options, but it has a variety of customizable exercises.

Helpful websites for music theory concepts
Lessons and exercises on music theory fundamentals, basic harmony, and voice leading. Tutorials
Lessons and exercises on intervals, scales, chords, diatonic and chromatic harmony, and musical form. also offers animated analyses of short musical pieces.


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Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
3rd floor - 527 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E3

Resource key

  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library use
  • Catalogue record

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