Music

Books & Media

Many excellent books, videos and games that deal with music are currently available for children. Classics for Kids® has compiled a list of some of these resources for you.

Nonfiction
A selection of excellent nonfiction books about music for grades K-12, plus selections for parents.

Fiction
Musical fiction for kids, from young readers through eighth grade.

Adult Fiction
Looking to relax with some musical fiction? Try these books for adults.

Videos
A wide array of classical music choices, ranging from full-length feature films to educational videos.

Video Games
A wide array of video games for kids, ranging from musical instruction to pure entertainment.

If you purchase any of these items from Amazon.com by following the link provided (where available) a portion of your purchase will go to support Classics for Kids®!


Do Re Mi: If You Can Read Music, Thank Guido d’Arezzo

Written by: Roth, Susan L.
Published by: Houghton Mifflin
Ages 8-12

For many years, Guido d'Arezzo, a young man from Tuscany, has imagined that a system for writing music down can be found. He eventually develops a system of lines and spaces that is still used today. The cut paper illustrations are excellent.


Meet the Musicians: From Prodigies (or not) to Pros

Written by: Nathan, Amy.
Published by: Henry Holt and Co.
Grades 5-8

This collection of interviews with 15 musicians of the New York Philharmonic presents an in-depth look at what it takes to become a professional musician. The book discusses how these musicians chose their instruments and became good enough to join this world-renowned orchestra. Readers will also gain insight into the workings of various instruments, practice tips, and what to look for during a performance.


Strange Mr. Satie

Written by: Anderson, M. T.
Published by: Viking,
Grades K-3

Picture book treatment introduces the life of the French composer, Erik Satie, who spent his entire career challenging established conventions in music.


Ten Great American Composers

Written by: Bredeson, Carmen
Published by: Enslow
Grades 6-12

Short biographies of John Philip Sousa, Scott Joplin, Charles Ives, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Philip Glass, and Ellen Zwilich include a few black and white illustrations, photographs and web sites for further research.


Eyewitness: Music

Written by: Ardley, Neil
Published by: Knopf
Grades 4-7

A comprehensive book about music and sound with excellent photographs.


Beethoven: Great Composer

Written by: Carew-Miller, Anna
Published by: Mason Crest Publishers
Grades 3-6

Highly illustrated text gives young readers a glimpse into the life of Beethoven.


The Farewell Symphony

Written by: Celenza, Anna Harwell
Published by: Charlesbridge
Grades 3+

A charming story of how Franz Josef Haydn came to write his Farewell Symphony. Included is a CD of the work.


The Heroic Symphony

Written by: Celenza, Anna Harwell
Published by: Charlesbridge
Grades 3+

Not only a nicely illustrated beginning biography of Beethoven, but the book also includes a CD of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica").


Mozart: World-Famous Composer

Written by: Cook, Diane
Published by: Mason Crest Publishers
Grades 3-6

Highly illustrated text gives young readers a glimpse into the life of Mozart.


What Charlie Heard

Written by: Gerstein, Mordicai
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Grades K-3

American composer Charles Ives wrote music that expressed all the sounds he heard in the world, but his music was not well received during his lifetime


Great Composers

Written by: Kallen, Stuart
Published by: Lucent
Young Adult

Includes readable and informative biographies that are 15 pages or so in length of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Gershwin and Andrew Lloyd Weber.


Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought)

Written by: Krull, Kathleen
Published by: Harcourt Brace and Co.
Ages 9-12

Short, informal biographies of several composers, including Mozart, Brahms, Scott Joplin, Clara Schumann, George Gershwin Sergei Prokofiev, Verdi, Chopin and Tchaikovsky.


Leonard Bernstein: In Love With Music

Written by: Lazo, Caroline Evensen
Published by: Lerner
Grades 6-12

A biography of the 20th century American composer that includes such chapter headings as "Russian Roots," "Hits and Misses," and "Triumphs and Tragedies."


Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?

Written by: McDonough, Yona Zeldis
Published by: Grosset and Dunlap
Grades 3-7

Explores the life and work of this very famous prolific 18th century Austrian composer


Famous Children Series

Written by: Rachlin, Ann
Published by: Children's Press
Ages 4-8

For younger readers, the books in this series tell in story fashion of the early lives of several famous composers, including Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Tchaikovsky.


Masters of Music Series

Written by: Reef, Catherine
Published by: Morgan Reynolds Publishing
Grades 6-9

Two books trace the lives of two 20th century composers, one African-American (William Grant Still), one American-Jewish (George Gershwin).


Clara Schumann, Piano Virtuoso

Written by: Reich, Susanna
Published by: Clarion Books
Grades 5-8

Describes the life of the German pianist and composer who made her professional debut at age nine and who devoted her life to music and to her family.


Scott Joplin: The King of Ragtime

Written by: Sabir, C. Ogbu
Published by: Child's World
Grades 3-6

Examines the life and accomplishments of the well-known ragtime pianist and composer who wrote over 500 pieces of music, including a ballet and two operas.


Composer's World Series

Written by: Thompson, Wendy
Published by: Viking
Ages 12+

Fairly sophisticated biographies that include excellent reproductions of paintings and etchings depicting the composers, their contemporaries and their surroundings plus some musical excerpts. Ms. Thompson has also written several other composer biographies that are not part of this series. Composers include Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Debussy, Beethoven and Mozart.


Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers Series

Written by: Venezia, Mike
Published by: Children's Press
Grades 3-5

Biographies for younger readers use cartoon illustration, photographs, and paintings along with brief text to describe the life and works of renowned composers, including Chopin, Stravinsky, Bach, Bernstein, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.


Introducing Series

Written by: Vernon, Roland
Published by: Chelsea House Publishers
Grades 5-8

The volumes in this series of biographies give good overviews of the lives of several famous composers. Included are lots of drawings, photographs and interesting art plus sidebars that give additional details on people, historical events, and artistic movements mentioned in the text. The series includes volumes on Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin, Mozart, Stravinsky, Verdi and Vivaldi.


Sebastian: A Book about Bach

Written by: Winter, Jeanette
Published by: Harcourt Brace and Co.
Grades K-3

Picture book account of how Johann Sebastian Bach survived the sorrows of his childhood and composed the music the world has come to love.


The Music Box: The Story of Cristofori Bartolomeo

Written by: Guy, Suzanne
Published by: Brunswick Publishing Co.
Ages 4-8

This book tells the story of Bartolomeo Cristofori, a 17th-century Italian harpsichord maker and musician who invented the piano.


Music Makers: Woodwind Instruments

Written by: Reid, Elizabeth
Published by: The Child's World
Grades 2-4

Simple text and full-page photographs provide basic information on a variety of musical instruments.


Music Makers: Cellos

Written by: Stevens, Kathryn
Published by: The Child's World
Grades 2-4

Simple text and full-page photographs provide basic information on a variety of musical instruments.


Music Makers: Saxophones

Written by: Sharth, Sharon
Published by: The Child's World
Grades 2-4

Simple text and full-page photographs provide basic information on a variety of musical instruments.


Music Makers: Tubas

Written by: Temple, Bob
Published by: The Child's World
Grades 2-4

Simple text and full-page photographs provide basic information on a variety of musical instruments.


Music Makers: Trombones

Written by: Temple, Bob
Published by: The Child's World
Grades 2-4

Simple text and full-page photographs provide basic information on a variety of musical instruments.


Carnival of the Animals

Written by: Lithgow, John
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Young Readers

John Lithgow has created a rhyming story to tie the sections of Camille Saint-Saens' work, Carnival of the Animals, together. He is also the narrator on the accompanying CD. This is a delightful book that is both humorous and touching and makes the music come alive.


Peter and the Wolf

Written by: Schulman, Janet
Published by: Knopf
All Ages

This book and CD package introduces children to a classical favorite through a new retelling of Prokofiev's musical fairy tale. The story is accompanied by a CD with music performed by the Cincinnati Pops under the direction of Erich Kunzel and narration by Peter A. Thomas. Also included is helpful information about the cast of characters and the musical instruments that represent them.


The Orchestra

Written by: Blackwood, Alan
Published by: Millbrook Press
Grades 3-5

Contains information on selected composers, orchestras and music history as well as detailed, illustrated descriptions of orchestral instruments.


The Story of the Orchestra

Written by: Hamilton, Meredith
Published by: Black Dog and Leventhal
Grades 4-8

The book has two sections. The first talks about famous composers and the various periods in musical history; the second describes the instruments of the orchestra. There is an accompanying CD that contains accessible classical musical excerpts.


The History of Classical Music

Written by: Kallen, Stuart A.
Published by: Lucent Books
Young Adult

A readable summary of the history of western music from medieval times. Discuses musical styles, composers and instruments and has informative sidebars. Appropriate for middle school children.


The Story of the Incredible Orchestra

Written by: Koscielniak, Bruce
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Co.
Ages 4-8

A fact-filled, entertaining picture book giving the history of various musical instruments and of the orchestra. The descriptions are short but specific. Illustrated.


Marsalis on Music

Written by: Marsalis, Wynton
Published by: W.W. Norton and Company
Ages 9-12+

A companion book to Marsalis' video series with the same name. This guide does an excellent job explaining the basics of music theory and form. There are also sections on various composers and musical instruments plus Wynton's own personal guidelines for learning music. A CD with musical examples that illustrate the text is included.


The Kingfisher Young People's Book of Music

Written by: Wilson, Clive
Published by: Kingfisher
Ages 9-12

Includes one-page articles on any number of musical subjects, including the various periods in music history, musical instruments, music of different lands, various music genres and short composer biographies. It is well-illustrated with pictures and photos.


Random House Book of Opera Stories

Written by: Geras, Adele
Published by: Random House
Grades 3-7

Costume designs and illustrations are included in the author's retellings of The Magic Flute, Aida, Carmen, Cunning Little Vixen, Turandot, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel and Love for Three Oranges.


Aida

Written by: Price, Leontyne
Published by: Harcourt Brace and Co.
Grades K-12

Illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon combine with text for the retelling of Verdi's opera in which the love of an enslaved Ethiopian princess for an Egyptian general brings tragedy to all involved.


Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera

Written by: Shahrukh, Husain
Published by: Barefoot Books
Grades 3-7

Fascinating, dramatic and child-friendly opera tales are illustrated with flamboyant and unique illustrations. Operas included are: The Little Sweep, The Magic Flute, Hansel and Gretel, The Flying Dutchman, La Cenerentola, Orpheus and Eurydice and Christmas Eve.


Bravo! Brava!

Written by: Siberell, Anne
Published by: Oxford University Press
Grades 3-7

A comprehensive guide to all aspects of opera, including its history, composers and production. The book also includes some synopses of famous operas.


Seadogs: An Epic Ocean Operetta

Written by: Wheeler, Lisa
Published by: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Seadog and his canine friends brave storms and pirates at sea in an operetta "composed" by the author. The action takes place in a concert hall and is accompanied by an orchestra. An oversize, colorful book with graphic formats.


The Young Person's Guide to the Ballet

Written by: Ganeri, Anita
Published by: Harcourt Brace and Co.
Grades 5-8

This book includes music on CD from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty.


Footnotes

Written by: Augstyn, Frank and Shelley Tanaka
Published by: Millbrook Press
Grades 7+

A behind-the scenes look at all aspects of ballet and ballet production. Damcers Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Margot Fonteyn are featured. Includes information on Les Sylphides, Giselle, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lane and Romeo and Juliet.


Sound Choices: Guiding your Child's Musical Experiences

Written by: Machover, Wilma and Marienne Uszler
Published by: Oxford University Press

An excellent guide for parents who want to guide their child's music training appropriately. Includes sections on choosing an instrument and teacher, age-appropriate music activities for children and ways to deal with gifted children and those with special needs.


The Young Musician's Survival Guide

Written by: Nathan, Amy
Published by: Oxford University Press

An informative book that addresses the difficulties young people can encounter when studying a musical instrument. Includes hints and comments from teens as well as professional musicians such as Wynton Marsalia, Paula Robison and James Galway.


Raising Musical Kids

Written by: Cutietta, Robert A.
Published by: Oxford University Press

A "road map" for parents who want to develop their child's musical talents.


Those Amazing Musical Instruments

Written by: Genevieve Helsby with Marin Alsop as your guide
Published by: Sourcebooks, 2007
Preschool - 8

From the cello to the drums, this book takes readers on a musical tour, with notes on the history, construction, and sounds of the instruments. Included is an interactive CD-ROM with individual musical samples giving readers an audible example of each instrument. Full color.


Meet the Orchestra

Written by: William W. Suggs
Published by: Voyager, 1991
K-3

This book illustrated by Karmen Thompson, has been reissued in paperback and offers a lyrical introduction to musical instruments of the orchestra played by a variety of costumed animals.


A Child's Introduction to Ballet: The Stories, Music and Magic of Classical Dance

Written by: Laura Lee
Published by: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2007
K-6

Stories of the composers, dancers, choreographers, ballet steps and positions, and the ballets. Includes an audio CD with 19 selections from the world's great ballets. Illustrated by Meredith Hamilton.


Amazing Water: An Introduction to Classical Music

Written by: Ana Gerhard
Margarita Sada, Illustrator

The works of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Debussy, and others are introduced to children by demonstrating how water—the sea, rivers, fountains, and rainfall—has inspired the composers.


Music

Books & Media

Many excellent books, videos and games that deal with music are currently available for children. Classics for Kids® has compiled a list of some of these resources for you.

Nonfiction
A selection of excellent nonfiction books about music for grades K-12, plus selections for parents.

Fiction
Musical fiction for kids, from young readers through eighth grade.

Adult Fiction
Looking to relax with some musical fiction? Try these books for adults.

Videos
A wide array of classical music choices, ranging from full-length feature films to educational videos.

Video Games
A wide array of video games for kids, ranging from musical instruction to pure entertainment.

If you purchase any of these items from Amazon.com by following the link provided (where available) a portion of your purchase will go to support Classics for Kids®!


Do Re Mi: If You Can Read Music, Thank Guido d’Arezzo

Written by: Roth, Susan L.
Published by: Houghton Mifflin
Ages 8-12

For many years, Guido d'Arezzo, a young man from Tuscany, has imagined that a system for writing music down can be found. He eventually develops a system of lines and spaces that is still used today. The cut paper illustrations are excellent.


Meet the Musicians: From Prodigies (or not) to Pros

Written by: Nathan, Amy.
Published by: Henry Holt and Co.
Grades 5-8

This collection of interviews with 15 musicians of the New York Philharmonic presents an in-depth look at what it takes to become a professional musician. The book discusses how these musicians chose their instruments and became good enough to join this world-renowned orchestra. Readers will also gain insight into the workings of various instruments, practice tips, and what to look for during a performance.


Strange Mr. Satie

Written by: Anderson, M. T.
Published by: Viking,
Grades K-3

Picture book treatment introduces the life of the French composer, Erik Satie, who spent his entire career challenging established conventions in music.


Ten Great American Composers

Written by: Bredeson, Carmen
Published by: Enslow
Grades 6-12

Short biographies of John Philip Sousa, Scott Joplin, Charles Ives, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Philip Glass, and Ellen Zwilich include a few black and white illustrations, photographs and web sites for further research.


Eyewitness: Music

Written by: Ardley, Neil
Published by: Knopf
Grades 4-7

A comprehensive book about music and sound with excellent photographs.


Beethoven: Great Composer

Written by: Carew-Miller, Anna
Published by: Mason Crest Publishers
Grades 3-6

Highly illustrated text gives young readers a glimpse into the life of Beethoven.


The Farewell Symphony

Written by: Celenza, Anna Harwell
Published by: Charlesbridge
Grades 3+

A charming story of how Franz Josef Haydn came to write his Farewell Symphony. Included is a CD of the work.


The Heroic Symphony

Written by: Celenza, Anna Harwell
Published by: Charlesbridge
Grades 3+

Not only a nicely illustrated beginning biography of Beethoven, but the book also includes a CD of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica").


Mozart: World-Famous Composer

Written by: Cook, Diane
Published by: Mason Crest Publishers
Grades 3-6

Highly illustrated text gives young readers a glimpse into the life of Mozart.


What Charlie Heard

Written by: Gerstein, Mordicai
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Grades K-3

American composer Charles Ives wrote music that expressed all the sounds he heard in the world, but his music was not well received during his lifetime


Great Composers

Written by: Kallen, Stuart
Published by: Lucent
Young Adult

Includes readable and informative biographies that are 15 pages or so in length of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Gershwin and Andrew Lloyd Weber.


Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought)

Written by: Krull, Kathleen
Published by: Harcourt Brace and Co.
Ages 9-12

Short, informal biographies of several composers, including Mozart, Brahms, Scott Joplin, Clara Schumann, George Gershwin Sergei Prokofiev, Verdi, Chopin and Tchaikovsky.


Leonard Bernstein: In Love With Music

Written by: Lazo, Caroline Evensen
Published by: Lerner
Grades 6-12

A biography of the 20th century American composer that includes such chapter headings as "Russian Roots," "Hits and Misses," and "Triumphs and Tragedies."


Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?

Written by: McDonough, Yona Zeldis
Published by: Grosset and Dunlap
Grades 3-7

Explores the life and work of this very famous prolific 18th century Austrian composer


Famous Children Series

Written by: Rachlin, Ann
Published by: Children's Press
Ages 4-8

For younger readers, the books in this series tell in story fashion of the early lives of several famous composers, including Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Tchaikovsky.


Masters of Music Series

Written by: Reef, Catherine
Published by: Morgan Reynolds Publishing
Grades 6-9

Two books trace the lives of two 20th century composers, one African-American (William Grant Still), one American-Jewish (George Gershwin).


Clara Schumann, Piano Virtuoso

Written by: Reich, Susanna
Published by: Clarion Books
Grades 5-8

Describes the life of the German pianist and composer who made her professional debut at age nine and who devoted her life to music and to her family.


Scott Joplin: The King of Ragtime

Written by: Sabir, C. Ogbu
Published by: Child's World
Grades 3-6

Examines the life and accomplishments of the well-known ragtime pianist and composer who wrote over 500 pieces of music, including a ballet and two operas.


Composer's World Series

Written by: Thompson, Wendy
Published by: Viking
Ages 12+

Fairly sophisticated biographies that include excellent reproductions of paintings and etchings depicting the composers, their contemporaries and their surroundings plus some musical excerpts. Ms. Thompson has also written several other composer biographies that are not part of this series. Composers include Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Debussy, Beethoven and Mozart.


Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers Series

Written by: Venezia, Mike
Published by: Children's Press
Grades 3-5

Biographies for younger readers use cartoon illustration, photographs, and paintings along with brief text to describe the life and works of renowned composers, including Chopin, Stravinsky, Bach, Bernstein, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.


Introducing Series

Written by: Vernon, Roland
Published by: Chelsea House Publishers
Grades 5-8

The volumes in this series of biographies give good overviews of the lives of several famous composers. Included are lots of drawings, photographs and interesting art plus sidebars that give additional details on people, historical events, and artistic movements mentioned in the text. The series includes volumes on Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin, Mozart, Stravinsky, Verdi and Vivaldi.


Sebastian: A Book about Bach

Written by: Winter, Jeanette
Published by: Harcourt Brace and Co.
Grades K-3

Picture book account of how Johann Sebastian Bach survived the sorrows of his childhood and composed the music the world has come to love.


The Music Box: The Story of Cristofori Bartolomeo

Written by: Guy, Suzanne
Published by: Brunswick Publishing Co.
Ages 4-8

This book tells the story of Bartolomeo Cristofori, a 17th-century Italian harpsichord maker and musician who invented the piano.


Music Makers: Woodwind Instruments

Written by: Reid, Elizabeth
Published by: The Child's World
Grades 2-4

Simple text and full-page photographs provide basic information on a variety of musical instruments.


Music Makers: Cellos

Written by: Stevens, Kathryn
Published by: The Child's World
Grades 2-4

Simple text and full-page photographs provide basic information on a variety of musical instruments.


Music Makers: Saxophones

Written by: Sharth, Sharon
Published by: The Child's World
Grades 2-4

Simple text and full-page photographs provide basic information on a variety of musical instruments.


Music Makers: Tubas

Written by: Temple, Bob
Published by: The Child's World
Grades 2-4

Simple text and full-page photographs provide basic information on a variety of musical instruments.


Music Makers: Trombones

Written by: Temple, Bob
Published by: The Child's World
Grades 2-4

Simple text and full-page photographs provide basic information on a variety of musical instruments.


Carnival of the Animals

Written by: Lithgow, John
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Young Readers

John Lithgow has created a rhyming story to tie the sections of Camille Saint-Saens' work, Carnival of the Animals, together. He is also the narrator on the accompanying CD. This is a delightful book that is both humorous and touching and makes the music come alive.


Peter and the Wolf

Written by: Schulman, Janet
Published by: Knopf
All Ages

This book and CD package introduces children to a classical favorite through a new retelling of Prokofiev's musical fairy tale. The story is accompanied by a CD with music performed by the Cincinnati Pops under the direction of Erich Kunzel and narration by Peter A. Thomas. Also included is helpful information about the cast of characters and the musical instruments that represent them.


The Orchestra

Written by: Blackwood, Alan
Published by: Millbrook Press
Grades 3-5

Contains information on selected composers, orchestras and music history as well as detailed, illustrated descriptions of orchestral instruments.


The Story of the Orchestra

Written by: Hamilton, Meredith
Published by: Black Dog and Leventhal
Grades 4-8

The book has two sections. The first talks about famous composers and the various periods in musical history; the second describes the instruments of the orchestra. There is an accompanying CD that contains accessible classical musical excerpts.


The History of Classical Music

Written by: Kallen, Stuart A.
Published by: Lucent Books
Young Adult

A readable summary of the history of western music from medieval times. Discuses musical styles, composers and instruments and has informative sidebars. Appropriate for middle school children.


The Story of the Incredible Orchestra

Written by: Koscielniak, Bruce
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Co.
Ages 4-8

A fact-filled, entertaining picture book giving the history of various musical instruments and of the orchestra. The descriptions are short but specific. Illustrated.


Marsalis on Music

Written by: Marsalis, Wynton
Published by: W.W. Norton and Company
Ages 9-12+

A companion book to Marsalis' video series with the same name. This guide does an excellent job explaining the basics of music theory and form. There are also sections on various composers and musical instruments plus Wynton's own personal guidelines for learning music. A CD with musical examples that illustrate the text is included.


The Kingfisher Young People's Book of Music

Written by: Wilson, Clive
Published by: Kingfisher
Ages 9-12

Includes one-page articles on any number of musical subjects, including the various periods in music history, musical instruments, music of different lands, various music genres and short composer biographies. It is well-illustrated with pictures and photos.


Random House Book of Opera Stories

Written by: Geras, Adele
Published by: Random House
Grades 3-7

Costume designs and illustrations are included in the author's retellings of The Magic Flute, Aida, Carmen, Cunning Little Vixen, Turandot, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel and Love for Three Oranges.


Aida

Written by: Price, Leontyne
Published by: Harcourt Brace and Co.
Grades K-12

Illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon combine with text for the retelling of Verdi's opera in which the love of an enslaved Ethiopian princess for an Egyptian general brings tragedy to all involved.


Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera

Written by: Shahrukh, Husain
Published by: Barefoot Books
Grades 3-7

Fascinating, dramatic and child-friendly opera tales are illustrated with flamboyant and unique illustrations. Operas included are: The Little Sweep, The Magic Flute, Hansel and Gretel, The Flying Dutchman, La Cenerentola, Orpheus and Eurydice and Christmas Eve.


Bravo! Brava!

Written by: Siberell, Anne
Published by: Oxford University Press
Grades 3-7

A comprehensive guide to all aspects of opera, including its history, composers and production. The book also includes some synopses of famous operas.


Seadogs: An Epic Ocean Operetta

Written by: Wheeler, Lisa
Published by: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Seadog and his canine friends brave storms and pirates at sea in an operetta "composed" by the author. The action takes place in a concert hall and is accompanied by an orchestra. An oversize, colorful book with graphic formats.


The Young Person's Guide to the Ballet

Written by: Ganeri, Anita
Published by: Harcourt Brace and Co.
Grades 5-8

This book includes music on CD from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty.


Footnotes

Written by: Augstyn, Frank and Shelley Tanaka
Published by: Millbrook Press
Grades 7+

A behind-the scenes look at all aspects of ballet and ballet production. Damcers Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Margot Fonteyn are featured. Includes information on Les Sylphides, Giselle, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lane and Romeo and Juliet.


Sound Choices: Guiding your Child's Musical Experiences

Written by: Machover, Wilma and Marienne Uszler
Published by: Oxford University Press

An excellent guide for parents who want to guide their child's music training appropriately. Includes sections on choosing an instrument and teacher, age-appropriate music activities for children and ways to deal with gifted children and those with special needs.


The Young Musician's Survival Guide

Written by: Nathan, Amy
Published by: Oxford University Press

An informative book that addresses the difficulties young people can encounter when studying a musical instrument. Includes hints and comments from teens as well as professional musicians such as Wynton Marsalia, Paula Robison and James Galway.


Raising Musical Kids

Written by: Cutietta, Robert A.
Published by: Oxford University Press

A "road map" for parents who want to develop their child's musical talents.


Those Amazing Musical Instruments

Written by: Genevieve Helsby with Marin Alsop as your guide
Published by: Sourcebooks, 2007
Preschool - 8

From the cello to the drums, this book takes readers on a musical tour, with notes on the history, construction, and sounds of the instruments. Included is an interactive CD-ROM with individual musical samples giving readers an audible example of each instrument. Full color.


Meet the Orchestra

Written by: William W. Suggs
Published by: Voyager, 1991
K-3

This book illustrated by Karmen Thompson, has been reissued in paperback and offers a lyrical introduction to musical instruments of the orchestra played by a variety of costumed animals.


A Child's Introduction to Ballet: The Stories, Music and Magic of Classical Dance

Written by: Laura Lee
Published by: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2007
K-6

Stories of the composers, dancers, choreographers, ballet steps and positions, and the ballets. Includes an audio CD with 19 selections from the world's great ballets. Illustrated by Meredith Hamilton.


Amazing Water: An Introduction to Classical Music

Written by: Ana Gerhard
Margarita Sada, Illustrator

The works of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Debussy, and others are introduced to children by demonstrating how water—the sea, rivers, fountains, and rainfall—has inspired the composers.


 

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