Rate your Library 2017


It’s time for you to have your say on the Library and it’s resources.

Last year, due to feedback in the Rate your Library, we contacted tutors to get recommendations for repertoire for purchase, and we also introduced weekly enquiry sessions to help you make the most of Library resources. On top of that we added over 2600 new items to stock and an extra 650 CDs and DVDs. You pleased with that? Is it good enough?

Go to bit.ly/rateyourlibrary2017 to let us know what we’ve done well this year and what we could improve upon. If you prefer you can also fill it out “old school” by picking up a copy from the Library counter. Either way, when you’ve filled it out, you get a chocolate reward!


(The results of the Rate your Library are reported to Learning and Teaching Committee as well as directly back to students.)


Library opening hours: Mid-year recess

The Library will be open as follows during mid-year recess, 18-26 February:


Saturday 18th Feburary: CLOSED

Monday 20th- Friday 24th February: 9.30am-4.30pm

Saturday 25th February: 9am-1pm

Sunday 26th February: CLOSED


Normal term-time hours will resume on 27th February.

Top tips for assignment writing over the vacation

Got an assignment due in January? Here are some handy tips to help you through it whilst still enjoying a bit of the festivities!


  • Check the assignment details. Sounds obvious we know, but it’s really important to make sure you’re answering the question you’ve actually been set! Have a look on the elective page on Moodle for all the details (and the critical readings for the MCP assignment).
  • Check Library opening times: http://bit.ly/2fZyVdV. We have reduced opening times over the holidays, so make sure you know when we’re open to get materials/use the study space.
  • Make sure you know your Athens login details. http://bit.ly/2hbHwtP This is vital for accessing online resources like journal articles, Naxos Music Library and Grove Music Online. Further information on Athens login details can be found here: http://bit.ly/2hFBjHr
  • Use other University Libraries via Sconul Access. For study space, or borrowing if you’re on a PG course. http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access
  • Use RNCM Discovery to search for online resources. For the best marks you need a good mix of types of resources (i.e. not just books). Use RNCM Discovery to help you find articles, recordings, reviews and lots more. The search box is on the Library moodle pages.
  • Reference your sources correctly. Use the Library guide to ensure you follow the College guidelines on referencing and bibliography: http://bit.ly/1MVnoUb
  • Attend a Library enquiry session. We’re running twice weekly enquiry sessions for the first two weeks of January term to help you before the assignment is due, so never fear, we’re here to help!

Aaaand…Relax! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Library Team.

Library opening Christmas 2016/17

Library Opening Hours

Christmas Vacation 2016/17

Monday 19 – Wednesday 21 December 9.30-13.00


Thursday 22 December – Monday 2 January CLOSED
Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 January 9.30-13.00



Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 January CLOSED
Monday 9 January Term-time opening hours resume

From Friday 16 December: 7 Day loans, CDs and DVDs will be issued to Tuesday 3 January

From Wednesday 21 December Short loan items will be issued to 12 noon on Tuesday 3 January

Online resources are still available while the Library is closed using the links on Moodle, or your Athens login.

All opening times are subject to staff availability and the Library reserves the right to close if necessary. You are advised to phone in advance if you are making a special journey to visit the Library (0161 907 5243).

RNCM Library                      +44 (0) 161 907 5243

124 Oxford Road                 library@rncm.ac.uk

Manchester                         www.rncm.ac.uk

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Naxos roundup: Autumn 2016

Here are some of the best new CDs featured in recent issues of Gramophone, Classical Music and BBC Music Magazine (all available to read in the library). Click on the album covers below to listen on Naxos Music Library (if you’re off-campus you’ll need to log-in via Moodle first).

Weekly Library enquiry sessions

The next Library enquiry sessions are:

Tuesday 24th January

Wednesday 1st February

For one-to-one help with Library resources, help finding materials for assignments, or help with writing a bibliography.

Library term-time opening hours

From Monday 25th September we will return to our term-time hours:

Monday-Thursday: 9am-7pm

Friday: 9.30am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-1pm

Sunday: CLOSED

Don’t forget that during Induction week (18-24th September) we will be open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday.

Library party 29/6



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You are warmly invited to join the Library staff celebrate our 3rd IAML Music Library Award

When: Weds June 29, 12-2pm

Where: The Library of course!

For further information about the award please go to www.rncm.ac.uk/news

Summer vacation opening hours

Monday July 4 – Sunday July 31

Monday – Friday 10am-1pm; 2pm-4.30pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Monday August 1 – Sunday September 4 *

Monday – Friday Morning: Closed

2pm-4.30pm: Open

Saturday & Sunday Closed

*Wednesday August 17: CLOSED

*Monday August 29: Bank Holiday: CLOSED

Monday September 5 – Sunday September 18

Monday – Friday 10am-1pm; 2pm-4.30pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Monday September 19 – Sunday September 25: INDUCTION WEEK

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 1pm
Sunday Closed

Normal term time hours resume on Monday September 26

Afternoon opening during August is subject to staff availability – you are advised to phone in advance if you are making a special journey to visit the Library (0161 907 5243)

Journal Selections: Sum 2016

Here are a selection of recent articles taken from the library’s journal subscriptions. Click on the links below to read online (If you’re off-campus you’ll need to log into Athens first).


O’Dair, Marcus. “‘Pardon me, I’m very drunk’: alcohol, creativity and performance anxiety in the case of Robert WyattPopular Music, 35(2): 207-221.

“Robert Wyatt’s relationship with alcohol is multifaceted. He acknowledges its deleterious effect on aspects of his personal life, most notably on his relationship with wife and creative partner Alfreda Benge, and he has been teetotal since attending Alcoholics Anonymous in 2007–8. In professional terms, however, Wyatt continues to view alcohol positively: as a means to overcome anxiety as a performer and recording artist and as an aid to writing…”

Tunbridge, Laura. “Scarlett Johansson’s Body and the Materialization of Voice” Twentieth-Century Music, 13(1): 139-152.

“This article considers three science fiction films, released in 2013–14, featuring Scarlett Johansson: Her(dir. Spike Jonze), Lucy(dir. Luc Besson), and Under the Skin(dir. Jonathan Glazer). It suggests that to engage with the phenomenon of voice in imaginative and productive ways it is necessary to slide over a disciplinary divide and address more explicitly the musicality of speech. In my main example, Her, Johansson provides the voice of an operating system with which the film’s protagonist falls in love. Central to their intimate connection is the establishment of what I call the ‘haptic voice’, which conveys a sense of physical proximity…”

Burwell, Kim. ““She did miracles for me”: An investigation of dissonant studio practices in higher education music” Psychology of Music, 44(3): 466-481.

“In the research focused on studio-based instrumental and vocal learning there is a good deal of evidence indicating that the interpersonal relationship between teacher and student can have an important effect on the success of their work together…This article takes advantage of an opportunity presented within a broader project to explore the nested case study of a student who, exceptionally, reports that her teacher’s approach is not appropriate for her at her current stage of development…”