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Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Workman Publishing
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 10 X 10 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
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The engaging text is broken into three sections: an introduction to each instrument of the orchestra from the cello to the timpani, the stories of famous composers from Bach to Stravinsky and an explanation of different musical styles from Baroque to Modern. Each step of the way, children can listen to actual musical examples of what they are learning about. Young readers will hear the sound of an actual violin as they study the instrument and enjoy the playful tune of a Mozart minuet as they read about the composer's precocious exploits as a child.
Meredith Hamilton graduated from Brown University and has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Formerly an art director at Newsweek and Time, she illustrated the previous six books in the Child's Introduction series, among other books, and her work can be found in magazines and animations as well. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and three children.
scgirlAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent introduction to Music AppreciationNovember 14, 2013scgirlAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am using this book with my own 5th grade child as our music appreciation curriculum. I am also using this book as a music appreciation curriculum at the private music studio where I teach. The text is engaging, the cartoons entertaining. The children are learning so much about not only the great composers and music periods, but the orchestra itself. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
Misty Caira5 Stars Out Of 5September 8, 2009Misty CairaI bought this to use as our homeschool music curriculum this year. My children and I are loving it so far. I've always loved classical music, but my kids, not so much. So anything that gets them to listen to this type of music and actually enjoy it is awesome! They get really excited when they listen to a piece and recognize it from a movie or tv show.
Taylor Bartz5 Stars Out Of 5May 25, 2009Taylor BartzI am a music teacher, and this book was wonderful for teaching kids of any elementary school age about the orchestra and different instrument families. There were also conducting patterns and I felt that the clips of music were the appropriate length and generally good musical choices.
Gina Kuest1 Stars Out Of 5April 25, 2009Gina KuestI was disappointed in the CD which only played very short snips of the music and ended the songs abruptly in the middle. It was also unclear as to which song was playing to coordinate with the book itself. Maybe it is just not for younger kids like my 1st grader, she couldn't follow along. It is now collecting dust on our bookshelf.