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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Review: The School of Music

Congratulations! You have been accepted into the School of Music. Write your name on your certificate, and join us on the first day of term.

The inspiring people of the School of Music will guide you through 40 lessons, where you will be introduced to a wide range of music and musical instruments.

In term 2, you'll even learn about harmony, melody, rhythm and pitch, and will even learn how to read and write music!

In term 3, you'll enjoy a series of activities that will help you decide what you want to do in music. Do you want to sing? Compose? Play an instrument? Or just enjoy listening?

This beautifully designed, interactive book will delight both children and adults with its comprehensive yet child-friendly introduction to music in its myriad forms. From interviews with main characters (conductors, opera singers, instrumentalists, musical directors, composers) to types of music, a short history of classical music, types of instruments, voice, music for film, stage and dance, and even how music and maths go together, this is a fascinating jangle of melodic inspiration.

Children are guided through the principals of composition, how music is written down, how rhythm is written down, and other such fascinating concepts as time signatures, key signature, musical 'emojis' (if you will!)--notes, clefs, staves, as well as intervals, melodies, basslines--it just goes on.

A whopping 96 pages of musical glory, along with glorious retro-inspired illustrations, this book is priceless for children who are serious about fast-tracking a future music career, as well as any child with the ability to toot a recorder. A must-have for schools and libraries, and an enriching and fascinating book for children at leisure, too.

Children can extend this book's reach by listening and learning online, with bonus music samples. A QR code is provided at the end of the book, or visit www.schoolofmusic.online.

Title: The School of Music
Author: Meurig and Rachel Bowen
Illustrator: Daniel Frost
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions, $29.99
Publication Date: 29 March 2017
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781847808608
For ages: 6 - 12
Type: Picture Book, Non-Fiction