The Rupert Edwards Library provides most RCM students and faculty access to a number of subscription-based online music resources. Scroll down for a description of each resource and for information on how you can gain access from home or from within the RCM.

Database Descriptions

Met Opera on Demand

Access:  The above link from PCs on the RCM network or by selecting the Met Opera on Demand link when logged in to the proxy server. Unlimited access.

Description:  Performances from New York's Metropolitan Opera Company in both standard- and high-definition braodcasts. Includes radio broadcasts of past performances from 1935 to 2014.

Extent: Over 500 performances, live and recorded: Live in HD, 2006-2014; Telecasts, 1977-2003; Radio broadcasts, 1935-2014.

IPA Source

Access:  The above link from PCs on the RCM network or by selecting the IPA Source link when logged in to the proxy server. Unlimited access.

Description: Online since 2003, IPA Source is the web's largest library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts.

Extent: 11,000 titles including art songs, poetry, and arias:

  • More than 1378 aria texts fully translated with the complete International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions
  • See diction help for a guide to the transcriptions.
  • Featuring the texts in Latin, Italian, German, French, Spanish, and English to the works of all the great song and opera composers as found in the most common anthologies.

Oxford Music Online

Access: The above link from PCs on the RCM network or by selecting the Oxford Music Online link when logged in to the proxy server. Unlimited access.

Description: An encyclopedic dictionary of music and musicians. This resource comprises several print publications which, taken together, make it the largest reference source on Western music.

Extent: Includes Grove Music Online, which comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition (2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition (2001). Also contains The Oxford Companion to Music (2002) and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition, revised (2006).

Use for: Beginning your research on a particular composer, period, form, instrument, piece, etc. Articles on each subject are relatively short, but are authoritative. Most articles contain a bibliography, and composer biographies generally include a works list as well. The bibliographies are useful for pursuing further research into a topic and the works lists for discovering repertoire or finding thematic catalogue numbers for particular pieces.


  • You can search all the sources simultaneously or use the Search by Source box to select one or two in particular.
  • Browse biographies or subject entries by using the links at the top of the page.
  • Use Advanced Search to search within bibliographies or works lists.

Naxos Music Library

Access: The above link from PCs on the RCM network or by selecting the Naxos Music Library link when logged in to the proxy server. Limited to ten simultaneous users.

Description: A digital streaming service that allows you to listen to music from your PC.

Extent: The total number of streamable CDs is over 37,000 (or over 500,000 tracks of music) and as many as 1,000 new recordings are added every month. Includes all recordings on the Naxos labels, as well as the catalogues of a significant number of other leading record labels such as Analekta, BIS, CBC, and Chandos.

Use for: Listening to almost any piece of Western art music ever recorded. Your instructors can create custom playlists of listening material, which you can then access and listen to on your own time.


  • Use advanced search to search by catalogue number if you are looking for a particular recording and know the label number.
  • Browse by composer or label using the links at the top of the page. Selecting a composer will give you a biography as well as a discography of everything by that composer in the Naxos Music Library. Selecting a label will give you a description of its scope plus a catalogue of all its recordings in the Naxos Music Library.
  • Many albums have a link called Work Details next to them. Clicking this link allows you to see all the other recordings of this work in the Naxos Music Library as well as musical analysis and other features.
  • Students can create their own personal playlists. Go to Playlists from the menu at the top of the page and click on Sign Up to register for this feature. Faculty can create playlists for their courses, accessible to everyone in the institution. Please see the NML Playlist Guide.
  • There are Naxos Music Library apps available for both the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch and Android phones. Please email us to request login information to use with these apps.


Access: The above link from PCs on the RCM network or by selecting the JSTOR link when logged in to the proxy server. Unlimited use.

Description: JSTOR is an online archive of full-text journals, usually ending one or two years before the current year.

Extent: We subscribe to the music collection, which consists of about 50 music journals in the areas of musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, analysis, and others. The coverage is primarily of Western art music, but some popular music is included as well. Click here for a quick list of journals to which the library subscribes.

Use for: Doing research for specialized topics in music history and theory.


  • Select Browse by Title to see a list of all journals in the collection.
  • Use Search to find individual articles on a particular topic of interest.
  • Search for related images in a set of search results by selecting the Images in JSTOR tab.

Medici TV

Access: The above link from PCs on the RCM network. Unlimited use.

Description: offers over 600 programs available as streaming video on demand with an unlimited access. The majority of films are accessible in very high quality (HD). In addition, concerts from some of the finest concert halls and festivals in Europe are regularly streamed live.

Extent: The catalogue offers:

  • Filmed concerts performed by well-established names in classical music: Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, Anna Netrebko, Gustavo Dudamel, etc.
  • An archive of movies featuring legends of the past: Maria Callas, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Samson François, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, etc.
  • Documentaries on performers and composers directed by well-established names such as Bruno Monsaingeon and Frank Scheffer and movie documentaries directed by the great masters such as Alexander Sokurov and Johann van der Keuken.
  • Numerous educational programs and master classes.

Use for: Viewing concerts and documentaries featuring some of the finest performers, composers, and conductors in Western music.


  • Click on Movies at the top of the page and browse by performer (subcategorized by instrument type, conductor, orchestra), musical periods, composers, category (e.g., documentary, concert, opera, etc.), and director.
  • Click the Live link to view a calendar of upcoming live concerts and events that will be streamed on the site.
  • On a movie page, use the Program listing on the top right to jump to individual sections of a concert of documentary. You can also navigate a movie by using the bar at the bottom of the video player.
  • Use the controls in the video player to switch to a higher or lower resolution or to watch full screen.

Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection

Access: Login required. Access Bridge from our proxy server.

Description: Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection, a database maintained by the New England Conservatory's Career Services Center, provides 24 hour online access to over 2,800 opportunities in music and arts administration. New listings for auditions, teaching jobs, grants, festivals, and competitions are posted every day.

Extent: Thousands of opportunities are searchable in a frequently updated database. Most are located in North America, but other regions are represented to a lesser degree. 

Use for: Finding jobs, auditions, competitions, and other opportunities in the music world.


  • Click on “Opportunities” to search the listings and select your instrument or area of interest on the right hand side.
  • You can narrow your search by specifying the country or US state/Canadian province you are interested in.
  • Narrow your search further by adding keywords, such as “grant”, “competition”, or “Toronto”.
  • You can filter your search results by using the boxes at the top of each column.
  • Also see Bridge Tips for Institutional Subscribers, from the vendor.

Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall

Access: Login required. If you are a registered RCM student from the Glenn Gould School or Taylor Academy, or a registered RCM Faculty member in good standing, create a Digital Concert Hall account from within the Rupert Edwards Library to obtain instiutional access. The registration period expires on January 31, 2016.

Description: The Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall is an online viewing platform that offers High Definition audio/video streaming of western art music concerts from around the world. Users can search by composer, conductor, ensemble, and keyword.

Extent: Users have access to over 220 performances in the DCH archive, as well as concerts that will be aired live, interviews, and more.

Tips: Register from a library computer terminal until January 31st, 2016 to gain institutional access.

Accessing our Subscription Databases

You must be a registered RCM student, faculty or staff member to access the RCM's e-resources. If you are accessing from home, your e-resource username and password that you received from the library is required. Connect to our e-resources from the library's catalogue.

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Are you an RCM faculty member, a Glenn Gould School student, or a Taylor Academy student? Be sure to visit the library to pick up your login information for these electronic resources