The School of Music

The School of Music

Book - 2017
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"Here you will go an a unique and melodious journey, which introduces aspiring musicians to all kinds of music, from classical, to country, to contemporary...and many more! Meet six musicians and learn about different instruments and genres of music, as well as basic theory for beginners, from melodies and harmonies to pitch and rhythm."--
Publisher: New York, NY : Wide Eyed Editions, an imprint of Quarto Inc., ©2017.
ISBN: 9781847808615
Characteristics: 95 pages :,colour illustrations ;,29 cm.

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LPL_MattS Dec 03, 2018

This book really is a school of music, and one of the best books I've encountered at the library for budding musicians. And I say musicians as opposed to guitarists, pianists, drummers, etc. because this book has plenty to offer anyone, regardless of what instrument(s) you play.

For one thing, it gives a nearly encyclopedic treatment of music - from music history (including baroque music to jazz and more), definitions of types of instruments, brief explanations of how string quartets and operas work, and music's relationship to movies, architecture, theater, and math. What's more impressive is that the book manages to condense all this and more material into easily digestible bite-sized chunks that work equally well for busy kids, teens, and adults.

Furthermore, this book isn't a mere survey of various genres or instruments - the authors go in detail about practical things any musician needs to understand, including time and key signatures, how to read staves in different clefs, and even the basics of intervals, harmony, and chord construction.

By the time you finish this book, you'll be fired up by knowing much more than you did and how much you'll now know you don't know yet!

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