Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music is the first conservatory in Canada to invite major national composers to write music to be published exclusively for young Canadian piano students in a graded series of books. The “Northern Lights” series provides piano students with pre-grade one pieces (premièred 2006) up to the current Grade 8 level books that premièred the summer of 2013. Since 2014 a series of duet books have been produced in the series ranging from Primary Level to Early Intermediate.
Two volumes of “Making Tracks” was the fruit of several composers from across Canada to honour the rail history of our Country. A further volume of “Making Tracks” was produced containing advanced pieces for two pianos. The series concluded with two volumes based on “Small Town Canada” themes. A piano performance/workshop syllabus is available as well as an elementary/primary pedagogy syllabus and several handbooks to go along with the completion of the various pedagogy diplomas.
Each year since 2011, CNCM has a launched a collection of student compositions at its annual Summer Sizzle Keyboard Kamp. These original works include jazz and pop styles, as well as romantic to contemporary sounds at various levels.