What is the Lending Library?

As part of our mandate towards continuing education, APTA has established a library of DVDs on a variety of topics related to music, music history, and piano pedagogy. Members can watch the video in their own home or host a coffee party and invite other teachers in their community to watch the video and discuss it afterward. Many of the videos are suitable to watch with students, especially students preparing for history exams.

How Much Does it Cost?

The library can be used by all APTA members. We charge a per rental fee of $12 per DVD or 2 for $20. This covers express post to your home plus return postage and a small library maintenance fee. Payment can be made by credit card online or by cash or cheque using the APTA Lending Library Brochure.

Can I Suggest a Title?

If you have a suggestion for a video you think APTA should purchase for our library, or if you have an item you would like to donate, please contact Alison Kilgannon: librarian@aptaonline.net.

Download Video Lending Library Loan Agreement

Order your DVDs online

Visa or MasterCard accepted

Our librarian will contact you to let you know the availability of your selection(s).

Video Inventory:

Click on individual titles for more information.  Videos are on DVD unless otherwise noted.


General Interest

Teaching Students with Special Needs / Ages


Concert Titles

Educational Titles

Peter Ustinov reads The Orchestra (VHS)

Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts (each DVD rented separately)

  1. What Does Music Mean?
    What is American Music?
    What is Orchestration
  2. What Makes Music Symphonic?
    What is Classical Music?
    Humor in Music
  3. What is a Concerto?
    Who is Gustav Mahler?
    Folk Music in the Concert Hall
  4. What is Impressionism?
    Happy Birthday, Igor Stravinsky
    What is a Melody?
  5. The Latin American Spirit
    Jazz in the Concert Hall
    What is Sonata Form?
  6. A Tribute to Sibelius
    Musical Atoms: A Study of Intervals
    The Sound of an Orchestra
  7. A Birthday Tribute to Shostakovich
    What is a Mode?
    A Toast to Vienna in 3/4 Time
  8. Quiz – Concert: How Musical Are You?
    Berlioz Takes a Trip
    Two Ballet Birds
  9. Fidelio: A Celebration of Life