Music links thinking processes and creativity. Music improves reading skills. Music stimulates brain circuitry. Music improves decision making and spatial awareness. Music enhances the memory and listening skills. Music has a calming effect.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. --Red Auerbach

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The Mozart Effect for Children THE MOZART EFFECT FOR CHILDREN: Awakening Your Child's Mind, Health, and Creativity With Music

In The Mozart Effect for Children, author Don Campbell shows that music is the perfect tool to improve children's language, movement, and emotional skills at home, school, and play. He presents a wealth of dynamic, inventive ways for parents and teachers to invigorate a child's imagination with music, sounds, and songs, supplying simple exercises and fun activities tailored for each age group and stage of development, from prenatal through age ten. Campbell offers ideas and exercises both practical and profound, from special ways for parents to bond with their newborns to tips on fostering good study habits and stress reduction for elementary school students. READ MORE @AMAZON

Baby Mozart Expose your babies and toddlers to good music early. Help them improve verbal skills, memory, improve academic achievement, reduce anxiety, and most importantly, instill a love of great music.
For Ages Birth to 3 Years.
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Mozart Finds a Melody MOZART FINDS A MELODY
by Stephen Costanza
Ages: 6-9
Wolfgang Mozart must compose a new piano concerto to perform at the famous Burgtheatre in Vienna. But Mozart can't think of a note to write. When he hears his hungry pet starling sing out melodiously, his creativity begins to flow. Before he can put notes to paper, however, his muse escapes through the window, and Mozart is off on a frantic search to bring her back. Will Mozart find both his friend and song in time? Based on a true story about the famous composer and his beloved pet starling, this enchanting tale celebrates inspiration in any form it takes.
--Henry Holt and Company 2004
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For Older Readers, Ages 9-12 - WORLD HISTORY BIOGRAPHIES: MOZART: THE BOY WHO CHANGED THE WORLD WITH HIS MUSIC - Author and musician Marcus Weeks takes us around Mozart's world—from the Royal courts of 18th century Europe to the opera houses and balls where Mozart enjoyed triumph and fame. We meet the kings and queens of the age, learn of the young Mozart's favorite games, see the clothes he wore, and the new musical instruments of the time.

Beethoven's Wig

BEETHOVEN'S WIG: Sing Along Symphonies
A clever, humorous and zany way to introduce anyone to classical music and the composers: Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Jacques Offenbach, Franz Joseph Haydn,Henry Purcell, Robert Schumann, Johann Sebastian Bach, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky. A few samples:
Beethoven's Wig (5th Symphony, Beethoven)
Franz Liszt the Famous Pianist (Hungarian Rhapsody #2, Liszt)
Please Don't Play Your Violin at Night (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart)
Can You Can Can? (Can Can, Offenbach)
Just For Elise (Fur Elise, Beethoven)

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Mr. Bach Comes To Call - Classical Kids (Series)
Beethoven Lives Upstairs - Classical Kids (Series)
Mozart's Magnificent Voyage: Tales Of The Dream Children - Classical Kids (Series)
Mozart's Magic Fantasy: A Journey Through 'The Magic Flute' - Classical Kids (Series)
Tchaikovsky Discovers America - Classical Kids (Series)

Sing-Along Songs - Three Books and a Tape
For Ages Birth to 5 Years.
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SING-ALONG SONGS
by Mary Ann Hoberman, Nadine Bernard Westcott

Boxed with velcro closure and sturdy plastic handle. Includes:
3 Board Books featuring: The Lady with the Alligator Purse, Miss Mary Mack, and Skip to My Lou, plus an audiotape with all three songs.

The Animal Boogie
Music, Song and Dance!
Swing along with creatures of the Indian Jungle as they shake, swing, flap and slither to the sound fo the animal boogie!
Includes a simple music score.
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Addition Celebration
GOOGOL POWER: ADDITION CELEBRATION
Cozmo has never had a birthday! While Nena, El Mundo the Great Wizard and the Googols plan a surprise party for Cozmo's first birthday on Earth, they discover that everyone is having a birthday somewhere. This birthday bash is a real blast with surprise visits from Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, Cleopatra, Mr. I and Benjamin Franklin. Practice addition and learn about math, geography, music, history, space, and art. This is a birthday party you'll never forget. Includes 13 songs and dialogue, addition facts 1-10+, adding patterns, and an introduction to math vocabulary, symbols, skip counting, time, money and powers. Music CD Running time approx 60 minutes (For Ages 3 Up) ORDER@AMAZON
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Multiplication VacationGOOGOL POWER: MULTIPLICATION CELEBRATION
GoogolKids and friends practice their times tables AND use their powers to make multiplication an exciting adventure that journeys "from the jungles deep in Africa, to the ice fields of Antarctica" and even into outer space! Includes 18 songs and dialogue, multiplication facts 0-13, skip counting, math rules and googols MORE. (Math K-5) ORDER@AMAZON
101 Music Games for Children
For Ages 4 Up
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101 MUSIC GAMES FOR CHILDREN
by Jerry Storms

No Special Instruments Required

Using popular songs, easy rhythms, and musical recordings, the games in this book help children develop creative, personal and social skills. They also learn about music and sound. The games are not competitive—they encourage and reward children for participating, not for winning.
The Maestro Plays
Ages PreK
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The Maestro Plays
by Bill Martin, Jr.
Vladimir Radunsky (Illustrator)

"The Maestro plays. He plays proudly. He plays loudly." He plays with decidedly, lively charmingly,"swingingly," "flingingly," flowingly and glowingly verve. You will rapidly feel this book–colorfully and playfully illustrated in brightly styled collage. This book is a grand testament to the power of the adverb.

Resources:

Grammar Rock - Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here. Learn adverbs through music.

Use colors to interpret mood.

Put music to the test with BABY DANCE .


Pre-school to Age 7
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Itsy Bitsy Spider
Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
I'm a Little Teapot
How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Shoo Fly!
Each of these books is filled with humor and expands on the original nursery rhyme with illustrations, settings and the addition of animals. At the back of each of the nursery rhymes, is the music and verses. The illustrations in every one of these books is simply delightful and playful.
John's Secret Dreams JOHN'S SECRET DREAMS: THE LIFE OF JOHN LENNON
by Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier, Illustrator

John Lennon's influence on music and culture is legendary. He was a rebel, a genius, an innovator, and a peace activist. From a young age he dreamed of fame and fortune. When he achieved it as one of the Beatles, he recognized the need for a deeper meaning in life. His inner search for happiness shaped his life and brought new dimension to the world of rock 'n' roll. As a follow-up to their award-winning title, Martin's Big Words, Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier present John Lennon's life through a combination of narrative and song lyrics, cut-paper collage and watercolor art-capturing the energy and the essence of a man whose vision and creative genius continue to inspire people today. (October 2004)
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Pincus and the Pig PINCUS & THE PIG: A KLEZMER TALE

Jewish humor hits new heights in "Pincus and the Pig" (Tzadik Records), a klezmer version of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, with a new text written and narrated by Maurice Sendak and a newly orchestrated score performed by the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra.

"Did you hear of Boychick Pincus, how he opened wide the gate and hippety-hopped over the sweet warm meadow?" So begins "Pincus and the Pig" resonating with humor, mysterious subtexts, and aural slapstick that will appeal to all generations. (October 2004)
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Package includes CD, full color booklet, original drawings and removable stickers!

M is for Music
All Ages
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M is for MUSIC
by Kathleen Krull
Stacy Innerst, Illustrator

Music and the alphabet have always gone together. Don't kids learn their letters by singing the ABCs? But you've never seen--or heard--a musical alphabet like this one. Beloved tunes. Unusual instruments. Legendary virtuosos. From anthems to zydeco, the language of music and the music of language harmonize in one superb symphony. It's a funky fusion for songsters of all ages! Playful text opens up the world of music to the youngest readers, and conversational endnotes offer older readers a springboard to further musical explorations.
--Harcourt Children's Books 2003

Carnival of the Animals: Poems Inspired by Saint-Saens' Music
Ages: 4-8
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CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS WITH CD : POEMS INSPIRED BY SAINT-SAËNS' MUSIC
by Judith Chernaik, Editor; Satoshi Kitamura, Illustrator
Tap your feet, clap your hands, let the words flow and the music swell, and allow these poems and pictures to transport you. Inspired by Saint-Saëns’ famous "zoological fantasy," this magnificent book combines specially commissioned work by thirteen acclaimed modern poets with bold and glorious illustrations by Satoshi Kitamura.
The accompanying fifty-five-minute CD, performed by the Apollo Chamber Orchestra, features a reading of each of the fourteen poems followed by the appropriate musical passage, beautifully evoking for young listeners each of the animals in Saint-Saëns’ famous 1886 fantasy for two pianos and orchestra. (March 2006)

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CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS

Camille Saint-Saens, Composer
Barrie Carson Turner, Commentary
Sue Williams, Illustrator

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Carnival of the Animals
Ages: 5-10
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THE CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS
John Lithgow
Boris Kulikov, Illustrator

While on a class trip to the Natural History Museum, young Oliver wanders off and falls asleep, only to discover that his classmates, family, and teachers have turned into the animals from the museum displays: His librarian becomes a portly kangaroo; the headmaster becomes a pompous lion; and his great-aunt is a stately swan.

Told as a story for the first time, the jubilant text that accompanies Camille Saint-Saëns's composition was originally written by John Lithgow for a New York City Ballet production of Carnival of the Animals, in which he narrated the story and danced the part of Mabel Buntz, the school nurse who waltzes at the Elephant Ball. Boris Kulikov's inspired illustrations glow with the light of a theatrical performance and illuminate the magic of this wondrous night.

On the enclosed CD, John Lithgow recites the text, and members of Chamber Music Los Angeles, under the direction of Bill Elliott, play the complete composition.
--Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 2004

THE LONG ROAD TO FREEDOM: An Anthology of Black Music
THE LONG ROAD TO FREEDOM: An Anthology of Black Music
5 CDs and DVD
30 years in the making... this is a musical history of Black music in America.
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Slave spirituals are among the world's most deeply moving songs. This beautiful music tells of the despair of slavery and of the eternal hope for freedom. Spirituals provided a rhythm for work in the fields and were a means of grieving, celebrating, and even storytelling.

In 1871, six years after slavery was abolished, a group from Fisk University known as the Jubilee Singers embarked on a tour to raise money for their struggling school. Despite a lack of funds and encounters with racism, they eventually became one of the most famous musical groups of the nineteenth century.
--DK Publishing, Inc.

SLAVE SPIRITUALS AND THE JUBILEE SINGERS
SLAVE SPIRITUALS AND THE JUBILEE SINGERS
By Michael L.Cooper
Ages 10 Up
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All Night, All Day
Ages 6-10
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ALL NIGHT, ALL DAY: A Child's First Book of African-American Spirituals
Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Bryan has selected twenty best-known and best-loved African-American spirituals, including the title song, "All Night, All Day," and such others as "This Little Light of Mine," "O When the Saints Go Marching In," and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." Glorious full-color pictures, piano accompaniment, and guitar chords help capture the spirit and essence of these timeless songs that can be enjoyed by people of every age and every level of musical skill.
Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow - A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix  by Gary Golio, Javaka Steptoe
Ages 7-9
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Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow - A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix by Gary Golio, Javaka Steptoe, Illustrator

Jimi Hendrix was many things: a superstar, a rebel, a hero, an innovator. But first, he was a boy named Jimmy who loved to draw and paint and listen to records. A boy who played air guitar with a broomstick and longed for a real guitar of his own. A boy who asked himself a question: Could someone paint pictures with sound?

This a story of a talented child who learns to see, hear, and interpret the world around him in his own unique way. It is also a story of a determined kid with a vision, who worked hard to become a devoted and masterful artist. Jimi Hendrix--a groundbreaking performer whose music shook the very foundations of rock 'n' roll.

An author's note addresses Hendrix's substance use and lists books and websites where kids, parents, and caregivers can learn about drug and alcohol abuse. An illustrator's note, source notes, selected discography and videography, and web resources are also included.


Ages 9-12
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Spirit Seeker:
John Coltrane's Musical Journey
by Gary Golio, Paintings by Rudy Gutierrez

Growing up, John was a seeker. He wondered about spirit, and the meaning of life. And whether music could be a key to unlocking those mysteries. Like his grandfather’s preaching and his parents’ songs, could John’s music bring people closer to God?

Told in moving prose and powerfully illustrated, this is the story of a shy, curious boy from a deeply religious family who grew up to find solace and inspiration in his own unique approach to both spirituality and music. John Coltrane—a legendary jazz musician whose work shattered boundaries and continues to influence countless artists to this day.

One Love, One Heart: A History of Reggae

Ages 10 Up
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ONE LOVE, ONE HEART: A HISTORY OF REGGAE
by James Haskins

Reggae is the heart of the island of Jamaica and has shaped its culture, religion, dress, and language. From its beginnings in traditional African folk songs to its metamorphosis into a vehicle for messages of Rastafarianism and social and political protest, reggae is truly a music of the people. Influencing the sounds of artists worldwide, it is a music that captures the universal desire for peace and a better world.

Also by James Haskins:

ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE: Rap Music and Its Roots

GERSHWIN'S RHAPSODY IN BLUE
Ages 6-10
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GERSHWIN'S RHAPSODY IN BLUE
by Anna Harwell Celenza
George Gershwin only has a few weeks to compose a concerto. His piece is supposed to exemplify American music and premiere at a concert entitled "An Experiment in Modern Music." Homesick for New York while rehearsing for a musical in Boston, he soon realizes that American music is much like its people, a great melting pot of sounds, rhythms, and harmonies. JoAnn Kitchel's illustrations capture the 1920s in all their art deco majesty.
Includes a CD of Rhapsody in Blue performed by George Gershwin (1925 piano roll) and the Columbia Jazz Band, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.
ELLA FITZGERALD: THE TALE OF A VOCAL VIRTUOSA
Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa
Ages 5-9
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The text is divided into four rich and lively illustrated tracks(chapters) applauding Ella's remarkable career that spanned over half a century:
Track 1: Hoofin' in Harlem
Track 2: Jammin' at Yale
Track 3: Stompin' at the Savoy
Track 4: Carnegie Hall Scat

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www.ellafitzgerald.com/

Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald
Ages 7-11
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A swinging bio of young Ella Fitzgerald, who pushed through the toughest of times to become one of America’s most beloved jazz singers. When Ella Fitzgerald danced the Lindy Hop on the streets of 1930s Yonkers, passersby said good-bye to their loose change. But for a girl who was orphaned and hungry, with raggedy clothes and often no place to spend the night, small change was not enough. One amateur night at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, Ella made a discovery: the dancing beat in her feet could travel up and out of her mouth in a powerful song —and the feeling of being listened to was like a salve to her heart. With lively prose, Roxane Orgill follows the gutsy Ella from school-girl days to a featured spot with Chick Webb’s band and all the way to her number-one radio hit "A-Tisket, A-Tasket." Jazzy mixed-media art by illustrator Sean Qualls brings the singer’s indomitable spirit to life.

CHARLIE PARKER PLAYED BE BOP
by Christopher Raschka
Charlie Parker Played be bop
Ages 4 Up
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Introduces the famous saxophonist (Charlie Christopher "Bird" Parker, Jr. (1920 - 1955)and his style of jazz known as bebop.

Learn More about Charlie Parker:
www.charlieparker.com

LOOKIN' FOR BIRD IN THE BIG CITY
by Robert Burleigh
Lookin' for Bird in the Big City
Ages 6-9
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Young Miles Davis goes to New York to find Charlie "Bird" Parker.
Excellent introduction to bebop, bop and "cool" jazz. [fictional]

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www.milesdavis.com

DUKE ELLINGTON: THE PIANO PRINCE AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Duke Ellington : The Piano Prince and His Orchestra
Ages 5-9
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"You ever hear of the jazz-playin' man, the man with the cats who could swing with his band?" "He had fine-as-pie good looks and flashy threads. He was a ladies' man with flair to spare."
This lively and hip picture book biography of Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington beautifully communicates the life and career of this beloved jazz musician.
Learn More about Duke Ellington:
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Roots and : A Celebration
Roots and Blues: A Celebration
by Arnold Adoff
Ages 9-12
Through poems and poetic prose pieces, Adoff celebrates that uniquely American form of music called the blues. In his signature “shaped speech” style, he creates a narrative of moments and joyous music, from the drums of the ancestors, the red dirt of the plantations, the current of the mighty Mississippi, and the shackles, blood, and tears of slavery. Each chop of the ax is a beat, each lash of the whip fashions another line on the musical staff. But each sound also creates the chords and harmonies that preserve the ancestors and their stories, and sustain life, faith, and hope into our own times.
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BEN'S TRUMPET
by Rachel Isadora
Ben's Trumpet
Caldecott Honor
Ben wants to be a trumpeter, but plays only an imaginary instrument until one of the musicians in a neighborhood night club discovers his ambition.
Ages 4-8
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Happy Feet
HAPPY FEET:The Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers
by Richard Michelson; E. L. Lewis, Illustrator

On March 12, 1926, the doors of the Savoy Ballroom swung open in Harlem. It was a night to remember, when blacks and whites, rich and poor, all came together to dance!
Ages: 5-8
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Jaxx ABZ
by Wynton Marsalis,
Paul Rogers, Illustrator
Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz composer Wynton Marsalis teams with cutting edge graphic artist Paul Rogers, and together they create this elegant tribute to twenty-six stellar jazz performers. Marsalis harmonizes his love and knowledge of jazz’s most celebrated artists with an astounding diversity of poetic forms—from simple blues (Count Basie) to a complex pantoum (Charlie Parker), from a tender sonnet (Sarah Vaughan) to a performance poem snapping the rhythms of Art Blakey to life. Complementing Wynton Marsalis’s musical cadences is the bold, poster-style art of Paul Rogers. The art’s vibrant nostalgic feel is echoed in an exquisite design. A stunning book!
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Jazz By Walter Dean MyersFrom bebop to New Orleans, from ragtime to boogie, and every style in between, this collection of Walter Dean Myers’s energetic and engaging poems, accompanied by Christopher Myers’s bright and exhilarating paintings, celebrates different styles of the American art form, jazz. "Jazz" takes readers on a musical journey from jazz’s beginnings to the present day. Time line, glossary. - All Ages




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The Django by Levi Pinfold - In this fictional story inspired by the famous jazz musician Jean "Django" Reinhardt, a young boy named Jean meets a special character called the Django. He’s fun and exciting, but he always gets Jean into trouble. Eventually the Django has to be sent away, and Jean misses him very much, until he discovers that he can still feel close to the Django every time he picks up his banjo. This picture book debut by an exciting new talent includes a page of factual information about the real Django Reinhardt. (Ages 6-8) (2010)
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THERE AIN'T NOBODY THAT CAN SING LIKE ME: The Life of Woody Guthrie
Ages 10-14
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THERE AIN'T NOBODY THAT CAN SING LIKE ME:
The Life of Woody Guthrie
by Anne E. Neimark

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back;
This land was made for you and me.

Passed along from generation to generation the songs of Woody Guthrie live on and ring true today. This book reveals his life of tragedy, comedy, passion and play all rolled into one along with pictures and song lyrics.
THE WOODY GUTHRIE FOUNDATION AND ARCHIVES

This Land Is Your LandTHIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Paintings by Kathy Jakobsen
Ages 8-11
Beautiful picturebook includes the complete lyrics and musical notation to "This Land is Your Land," photo-essay about Woody, a note from his daughter Nora Guthrie, and a tribute by folk singer Pete Seeger, as well as the award-winning CD containing nine popular folk songs performed by Woody and Arlo Guthrie.
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The Guitar Man

"The Guitar Man" is designed for kids age 3-10 and the accompanying booklet contains whimsical drawings of each guitar which are anatomically correct in every way (except for the hands, feet and faces!).

"The Guitar Man": Guitarist Jim McCutcheon, M.M.Ed takes children through an entertaining and educational listening experience on this CD-cassette release featuring several members of the guitar family including the classical guitar, steel-string guitar, 12-string guitar, quarter-size guitar, electric guitar, lute, mandolin and banjo. Repertoire includes traditional folk music (Oh, Susannah, If I Had a Hammer), an echo song (Kindergarten Cadence), action songs (Four Hands, Circle Time).

The sequel, "A Day with the Guitar Man" features many of the instruments from the first recording, with the addition of three more fretted instruments from around the world: the balalaika, the ukulele and the charango. It is a theme album, describing how a child might experience an entire day with a musician who loves his work.
Both CDs may be purchased online.

A Day with the Guitar Man

Awarded the Spring 2003 Silver Award from the Parents' Choice Foundation.

Pied Piper

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PIED PIPER: Musical Activities to Develop Basic Skills

By John Bean and Amelia Oldfield

78 music activities for groups of children or adults who may have learning difficulties. The emphasis is on using music, rather than learning songs or rhythms, so group members do not need any special skills to be able to participate. Full details are given about anyquipment required for the games, as well as suggestions for variations or modifications.

My Family Plays Music
Lively introduction to music that can be shared at home or classroom. Embracing the Child used this book in their 2003 Camp program. Bright and lively cut-paper art brings this book to life. Ages 4 Up
Glossary of musical terms included.
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A Child's Celebration Of Song

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1. Puff (The Magic Dragon) - Peter, Paul & Mary
2. Ugly Duckling, The - Danny
3. Hey Daddy - Anne Murray
4. Polly Wolly Doodle - Burl Ives
5. Jelly Man Kelly - James Taylor
6. Little Red Caboose
7. This Old Man -Pete Seeger
8. Skip To My Lou
9. Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland 10. House At Pooh Corner - Loggins/Messina
11. Garden Song - Maria Muldaur
12. Baby Beluga - Raffi
13. Banana Boat Song, The - Taj Mahal
14. Wynken, Blynken And Nod - The Doobie Brothers
15. St. Judy's Comet - Paul Simon
Sing through the Day - 80 Songs for Children

Ages Pre-School and Elementary

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SING THROUGH THE DAY:EIGHTY SONGS FOR CHILDREN
Compiled and Edited by Marlys Swinger

It's all here, from waking up in the morning, playing with puppies or on the swing set, watching clouds and picking flowers, to celebrating birthdays, hearing fairytales at bedtime, and dreaming of magic ponies.

The majority of the songs are folk tunes from around the world as well as poems from Christina Rosseti, Robert Louis Stevenson, Hans Christian Andersen, Margaret Wise Brown, William Blake and more.

Each is presented with piano accompaniment and guitar chords and includes a FREE CD. A complete resource in one book.

Songs for America's Children SONGS FOR AMERICA'S CHILDREN
Compiled by Danny and Kim Adlerman

A collection of patriotic lyrics and poetry, illustrated by children from across the United States. Song lyrics and/or poetry in this volume include: America the Beautiful; My Country, 'tis of Thee; The Star Spangled Banner; The Pledge of Allegiance; Grand Old Flag; The New Colossus, and more. Proceeds from this book go to World Hunger Year, established in 1975 by co-founders Bill Ayres and the late, great Harry Chapin. World Hunger Year exists to help feed the impoverished across this nation and indeed the world by teaching them to feed themselves.
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Echoes in the Square

Ages 5 and Up
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ECHOES FROM THE SQUARE
By Elizabeth Wellburn
Deryk Houston, Illustrator

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Author and Illustrator meeting with cellist, Vedran Smailovic.

[See Cello Instruction in Link Section Below]


Ages 8 and Up
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CLARA SCHUMANN: PIANO VIRTUOSO
By Susanna Reich
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Resources:
Short Bio of Schumann
Learn More About Music
Out of the Shadows , a three-part dramatic radio documentary of creative life of Clara Wieck Schumann.

The Young Person's Guide to the Opera
Ages 8 Up
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THE YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO THE OPERA
With Music From the Great Operas on CD

How Opera Began
What Is Opera?
Opera For Everyone: Grand, Modern, Classical
Famous Opera Houses and more.
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Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (And What the Neighbors Thought)
Ages 8-12
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LIVES OF THE MUSICIANS: GOOD TIMES, BAD TIMES (And What the Neighbors Thought)
Fascinating and humorous stories of twenty famous musicians—people of all shapes, sizes, colors and temperments, and lifestyles, from various countries and historical periods. [From Vivaldi to Woodie Guthrie]
A Young Person's Guide to Music
by Neil Ardley, Poul Ruders (Composer), Andrew Davis, Bbc Symphony orchestra.

A look-and-listen guide to music.
Book and CD Edition
Ages 9 Up - Younger with Adult
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by Neil Ardley

Excellent Reference book for discovering the variety of instruments. Superb captioned color photos, drawings, and diagrams throughout.
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The Story of the Incredible Orchestra : An Introduction to Musical Instruments and the Symphony Orchestra
The Story of the Incredible Orchestra: An Introduction to Musical Instruments and the Symphony Orchestra, by Bruce Koscielniak - Ages: 7-10
The history of the orchestra and all the instruments that make up this wonderful gathering of sound. From the "tooter, strings and beaters" of the 1600s to the keyboard synthesizers of today, this playful exploration follows the developments and trends of music and instruments over the past four hundred years.
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Meet the Orchestra

Ages 4-8
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Meet the Orchestra
by Ann Hayes, Karmen Thompson (Illustrator)

Describes the features, sounds, and role of each musical instrument in the orchestra.

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Historic Musical Instruments

The Physics of Musical Instruments Project (Reference)

Musical Instruments - reference written for music theory, arranging, composing, song writing and orchestration.

Ages 4-8
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ZIN! ZIN! ZIN! : A VIOLIN
by Lloyd Moss, Marjorie Priceman (Illustrator)

1996 Caldecott Honor Book

Bernstein Century - Children's Classics

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BERNSTEIN CENTURY CD
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev, Camille Saint-Saëns, et al.
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

See Below for "Peter and the Wolf" and "Carnival of the Animals"

The Bernstein Education Through the Arts Fund is a non-profit philanthropy dedicated to encouraging the love of learning by means of the arts.
What Charlie Heard

Ages 4-8
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WHAT CHARLIE HEARD
By Mordiaca Gerstein

"Charlie listened all through his boyhood, and as he grew into a man, he found he wanted to recreate in music the sounds that he heard every day. But others couldn't hear what Charlie heard. They didn't hear it as music—only as noise.

The life of extraordinary composer Charles Ives who persisted in the face of criticism.

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The Farewell Symphony

Ages6 Up (CD Included)
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This is a true story.
A description of an 18th Century Symphony as well as Author's notes are in the back of the book.

THE FAREWELL SYMPHONY
by Anna Harwell Celenza

Prince Nicholas of Esterhazy spent summers at his palace in the Hungarian countryside accompanied by his royal musicians and director, Joseph Haydn, whose sole responsibility was to entertain the many guests at the palace. Prince Nicholas was very demanding and would not allow the musicians' families to join them. As the musicians grew more and more homesick, Haydn composed a new and rather unusual symphony. It was composed in four movements, each intended to evoke a different emotion and send a message to the Prince.

So powerful and moving was the symphony, that Prince Nicholas bellowed, "You have made your point. I have kept the musicians here far too long....Tomorrow we head for home."

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) spent nearly 30 years working for Prince Nicholas of Esterhazy (1714-1790).

Also by Anna Harwell Celenza: PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION (2003) - the story of three friends, Modest Mussorgsky, Victor Hartmann and Vladimir Stasov who wanted to show the glories of Russia to the World.

Bach's Goldberg Variations
Ages: 6 Up (CD included)
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BACH'S GOLDBERG VARIATIONS
by Anna Harwell Celenza
Johann Gottlieb Goldberg is a young servant in the employ of Count Keyserlingk. A talented musician, the boy secretly practices playing the harpsichord at night. When the count discovers Goldberg one evening, he challenges Goldberg to combine all the harpsichord music he's learned--and to throw in a riddle. In a panic, Goldberg turns to Johann Sebastian Bach for the perfect piece of music to appease the count. Stylized illustrations include elements from the baroque period.
Max Found Two Sticks

Ages 4-8
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MAX FOUND TWO STICKS
by J. Brian Pinkney, Brian Pinkney, Richard J. Needham

Pick up two sticks and follow along with Max.

Imagination
Rhythm
Inspiration

Combine this book [rhythms of the city] with Nature/Insects and learn about insects and create songs through the rhythm of quarter notes and eighth notes.

What Do You Hear? - Listening Skills.
World Rythm Training

MORE MUSICAL BOOKS: I SEE RHYTHM by Toyomi Igus [types of music - African origins from slave songs through ragtime.] Ages 9 Up.

THE YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA: Benjamin Britten's Composition on Cd by Anita Ganeri, Ben Kingsley [Overview of an orchestra and groups of instruments, their sounds and history.] Ages 9 Up.

THE ORCHESTRA by Mark Rubin - Introduce the instruments in an orchestra. Ages 6-8

AIDA is the beautiful tragedy of forbidden love and betrayal, composed by Giuseppe Verdi, retold by Leontyne Price. Ages 10 Up

Gonna Sing My Head Off! by Kathleen Krull. Anthology of sixty-two American folk songs. Includes complete lyrics, arrangements, and historical notes. [Adult]

THE GREAT BIG BOOK OF CLASSROOM SONGS, RHYMES & CHEERS (Grades PreK-1)

TAKE ME OUT OF THE BATHTUB AND OTHER SILLY SONGS by Alan Katz. Ages 2-6. Some old favorites with new and kooky lyrics: "Stinky, Stinky Diaper Change," "Cranky Poodle," "I'm So Carsick," I'm Filthy, I'm Dirty," and lots more. Great, zany illustrations by David Catrow.


DANCE
MARIE IN FOURTH POSITION

Ages 4-8
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MARIE IN FOURTH POSITION
by Amy Littlesugar
Ian Schoenherr (Illustrator)

A beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of Marie, a young ballerina in the Paris Opera, who was made famous in a sculpture
by Edgar Degas.

Resources:

Degas Bio
Portrait of Degas
Degas' Art:
Little DancerSculpture
The Dance Class
The Dance Lesson
La classe de danse

Paris Opera Ballet
Paris Opera House

The Firebird
Ages 3-6
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THE FIREBIRD

In a certain land, in a certain kingdom -- as they say in old Russia -- on the far side of a certain tangled wood, a garden shimmered like a green jewel....

Inside that jewellike garden, an evil wizard named Kostchei the Deathless holds a princess and her nine maidens captive, turning all those who attempt to save them to stone. But help is nearby -- Prince Ivan searching the nearby tangled wood for food, finds the young women and vows to save them. And with some help from the powerful and mischievous Firebird, as well as with much true courage from within, Prince Ivan will slay a horde of demons and Kostchei himself in order to free the damsels.

Introduces young readers to the famous Firebird Ballet (choreographed by George Balanchine to Igor Stravinsky's music) and the Russian folklore from which it was inspired.
Ballet Stories
Ages: 8 Up
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The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories
by Jane Yolen, Heidi E. Y. Stemple

All of the jewels of the classical ballet tradition are collected in this volume, waiting to enchant you! The story of "The Sleeping Beauty" will whisk you away to the thorny castle where Princess Aurora awaits her prince, the comedy and confusion of "Coppélia" will delight you, and the magical adventures of Clara in "The Nutcracker" will entrance you. Love, laughter, betrayal, adventure and tragedy intertwine to create stories that will reach deep into your heart and dreams. And the drama of each story is vividly brought to life by prize-winning artist Rebecca Guay, whose personal love of ballet shines through in every sumptuous scene.

This beautiful volume also features a brief history of classical ballet, as well as fascinating historical details of each dance's composition, choreography and early performances. Mesmerizing and richly informative to read, and irresistible to look at, The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories deserves pride of place in the libraries of everyone who is captivated by the dance.
--Barefoot Books 2004

Bijou, Bonbon & Beau : The Kittens Who Dance With Degas
Ages 4-8
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Bijou, Bonbon & Beau
by Joan Sweeney, Leslie Wu

Newborn kittens Bijou, Bonbon and Beau make themselves at home on a Paris stage to the delight of the dancers as well as the artist who quietly sketches them. This adorable picturebook will appeal to cat lovers, art enthusiasts and ballerinas big and small.


Ages 9 Up
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Ballet
by Kate Castle

A reference book discussing all aspects of ballet, examines: dance costumes, the steps, ballet class, choreographers, a glossary of dancers, retellings of favorite ballet stories, and much more.

Nutcracker by Maurice Sendak
Ages: 9 Up
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NUTCRACKER
by E. T. A. Hoffmann, Ralph Manheim (Translator)
Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)

Listen to NPR Interview, view gallery of Nutcracker illustrations and excerpts, and Read an autobiographical sketch of Sendak

Klexmer Nutcracker Shirim
Klezmer music is the soulful and rocking dance music of the Eastern European Jews. Nutcracker is the soulful and rocking ballet of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky. Put them together and what do you get? Wow!
READ THE REVIEWS and LISTEN
Dance Me a Story
Ages 8 Up
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DANCE ME A STORY
Twelve Tales from the Classic Ballets
by Jane Rosenberg

Introdude children to ballet, the music and choreograpers.
Cinderella, Coppelia, Don Quixote, La Fille Mal Gardee, Firebird, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Petrouchka, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and La Sylphide

Jose! Born to Dance - Jose Limon
Ages: 5-8
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JOSE! BORN TO DANCE
José was a boy with a song in his heart and a dance in his step. Born in Mexico in 1908, he came into the world kicking like a steer, and grew up to love to draw, play the piano, and dream. José's dreaming took him to faraway places. He dreamed of bullfighters and the sounds of the cancan dancers that he saw with his father. Dance lit a fire in José's soul.
With his heart to guide him, José left his family and went to New York to dance. He learned to flow and float and fly through space with steps like a Mexican breeze. When José danced, his spirit soared. From New York to lands afar, José Limón (1908-1972) became known as the man who gave the world his own kind of dance.

LEARN MORE:
José Limón Dance Foundation

Dance, Sing, Remember

Ages 4 Up
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DANCE, SING, REMEMBER
By Leslie Kimmelman

A Jewish Treasury of activities, music and recipes for grown-ups and children.

Rap A Tap Tap

Ages 4 Up
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RAP A TAP TAP: HERE'S BOJANGLES-THINK OF THAT
By Leo and Diane Dillon

Legendary African-American tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878-1949) taps across the pages bringing music to everyone he meets. During the Great Depression, Bill Robinson was the highest paid black entertainer.

Additional Resources:
Video and bio
OTHER BOOKS OF INTEREST:
FOOTWORK: THE STORY OF FRED AND ADELE ASTAIRE (Ages 7-10)
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

MUSIC
Toe-Tapping Music Resources for K-12 Teachers - This page brings myriad resources to the music educator of grades K-12 with ideas to facilitate and enhance your teaching approach and curriculum.

LESSON PLANS BY GRADE LEVEL: Dance & Movement, Instruments, Dynamics & Patterns, Rhythm & Melody, Speed & Tempo, Symbols & Scale, Music History / Literature / Musicians,Singing, Language Arts Connections.

CLASSICAL MUSIC ARCHIVES
Classical Composers' Archive [biographical archive]
Classical Net - extensive resource on classical music and composers.
Children’s Music Web - songs and activities
Introduction to Cello
COMPOSERS: Great American
Aaron Copeland (1900-1990)- About Copeland, his music, The Shakers (Picturebook: Simple Gifts: A Shaker Hymn ) Biographical Slides Basic Repertoire List
COMPOSERS: Great American
Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990) Biography and Foundation
KIDZSING - Garden of Songs - A host of songs (with accompaniment) and links
ESSENTIALS OF MUSIC - Overviews of the six main periods in music history, brief biography of composers, and a Glossary of 200 definitions with numerous musical examples.
Education at the Met - Texaco at the Met series of programs for schools and communities.
ALL MUSIC GUIDE - Database of Recorded Music
Jack's Harmonica Lessons
KIDiddles - games, stories, lyrical archives
Jazz World - Wynton Marsalis , Trumpeter
See Music Section in Education Links
Music at School - free .pdf versions of worksheets and schemes of work, interactive quizzes, online lessons and links to other useful sites
Music Education Launch Site - Meet "Mr. Note," the music teacher. Lesson Plans - grade specific.
Music Education Online - everything music - extensive
Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Songs.com, at www.nursery-songs.com. This site contains recordings and illustrations of many nursery rhymes and songs. A visitor may enjoy listening to the rhymes and songs performed by concert artists, while viewing unique illustrations created by the Dalziel Brothers Studio.
Museum of Musical Inventions - Virtual Museum and A Unit on Sound: Ideas for Interdisciplinary Lessons For Science and Music
OperaWeb - opera history, reviews, singers, and more.
Percussion Information - information on general percussion, drums, timpani, composers.
PIANO: Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos - An exhibition at the International Gallery - Smithsonian Institution - Open March 9, 2000 through June 3, 2001
Piano on the Net - piano lessons (Starter, Intermediate, and Advanced about 35 minutes each)
The Piano Education Page - 600 pages of free information, upgraded biweekly
The Contemporary Recorder - fingering charts, recorder, the history, tips, and MIDI sound files.
SchoolHouse Rock - songs that relate to grammar, mathematics, history, computers, and science. e.g. "Conjunction Junction...what's your function," "A noun's a special kind of word, / It's any name you ever heard."
Violin History and Making by Hans Johannsson

"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd."
—James Crook

Last Update: October 2, 2012