Primary School Music Books
SCHM 7 years +7 years +
The School of Music is a place bursting with talent and creative energy and is rather special. It encourages children to get the basics right and then let their imaginations run wild!
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Sergio Trunk is the boss (he prefers The Maestro) and throughout the pages of this fascinating book, he'll lead you through 40 lessons that will teach children aged 7 and over all about classical music, the theory behind it and the sheer joy of making and playing it.
HTPR 7 years +7 years +
How to Play the Recorder is a guide from the experts at DK that will help any child learn how they can play the recorder.
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With its gorgeous, colourful design and step-by-step instructions, the book covers the basics of music and then moves through to more challenging music and even shows children how they can play duets on this most popular of first instruments.
Notes are clearly introduced at the most appropriate stages and there are also musical pieces that progress in difficulty as the book progresses. Extra hints and tips are featured throughout the chapters, too, making this an ideal companion to recorder lessons at schools!
AFTZP 7 years +7 years +
The famous recorder course for 7 - 11 year olds noJohn Pitt's classic three-part introduction to the recorder, now in one handy volume!w in full colour. Your child doesn't need to be able to read music or play a note! Just follow the simple instructions. Holding the recorder Beginning to play Developing skills and techniques Designed for solo playing or with live accompaniment on piano, guitar or using separately available CDs. Recorder from the Beginning: a great introduction to music
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AAKTQ 5 years +5 years +
This is a delightfully colourful introduction to classical music, aimed to fire the imagination of young children aged 5-7 years. Readers are asked to think about the different places in which we might hear music, whether it is in a concert hall, or just on television. They are then introduced to a selection of famous composers including Mozart and Beethoven, and learn about each of the musical instrument families, from woodwind to percussion. Throughout the book children are referred to the accompanying CD so that they can hear examples as they read. Music on the CD includes Mozart's "Magic Flute", Williams' "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals", Holst's "Planets", Stravinsky's "Petrushka" and Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf".
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ALKQR 7 years +7 years +
Ukulele From The Beginning is a great collection of favourite songs specially chosen for primary school-age children starting to learn the instrument! No previous knowledge of music is necessary for pupils... or the teacher! Just master the easy-to-play chord shapes and sing along! Ukulele from the beginning is an ideal introduction to this great little instrument and in no time at all the whole class will be playing and accompanying themselves! They'll soon want to learn more!
AHTMF 7 years +7 years +
Designed to present the easiest possible approach to piano playing, complete with an amusing family of characters and illustrations to help emphasise the information being taught, John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course (Book One) makes practising and learning piano so much fun!
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Part one is devoted to developing fluency in reading by note, the biggest hurdle for most young children, and contains its own writing exercises, sight reading drills, review work and technical studies.
AEAZA 5 years +5 years +
As soon as the first notes have been mastere d, there are simple tunes to play, with guidance from friend ly cartoon creatures. The tunes include well-known pop, folk and classical pieces, and there are also games, puzzles and facts about the recorder '
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ALHQA 3 years +3 years +
Learn to play simple, well-known tunes on the sturdy keyboard attached to the book. Each note is represented with a different colour, which corresponds to the same colour on the keys, making this accessible even to very young children. Tunes include Twinkle, Twinkle, Frere Jacques, Ode to Joy and more.
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AHTQY 7 years +7 years +
"Guitar Basics" is a landmark method for young guitarists. It starts at absolute beginner level and progresses to Initial/Preparatory Grade. The method is set out in fifteen stages and contains original pieces and traditional tunes in an array of styles including classical, folk and world music as well as well-known favourite film and TV themes such as "James Bond", "Batman" and "The Flintstones". There is a thorough introduction to standard notation, with sections on chords and TAB, whilst ensemble pieces are ideal for group teaching, including 'Wider Opportunities'. The enhanced CD provides accompaniment parts, teachers' notes and tips for parents which are easily downloaded, or it can be simply used to play the fun backing tracks.
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AEPCG 3 years +3 years +
This delightful soundchip storybook finds animals in their homes practising their musical instruments as they prepare for a woodland concert. You can press the soundchips to hear Squirrel playing her flute, Mole on the glockenspiel, Weasel plucking his guitar, Badger playing the piano and Fox on his fiddle, before they all meet up to perform altogether. It is an absolutely perfect interactive introduction for little children to different musical sounds.
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Songs + fun and games = little language learners! What better way to capture children's attention and open their minds to a new language than with catchy tunes, giggle-inducing games, and beloved fairy tales? Award-winning author Ana Lomba presents "Hop, Skip, and Sing Spanish" for Kids, an interactive program that will help you teach Spanish to children ages two though seven. Based on the author's proven "Easy Immersion" methodology, this audio package offers 25 songs and games that use repetition and active participation to make language learning a snap while encouraging children to sing, play, and act silly for maximum fun.
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A charming picture book with a musical sound panel, illustrated by Elisa Squillace. The animals are happily playing their instruments together until some of them just can't keep their eyes open. One by one, each falls asleep until it's just Racoon on his flute. A wonderful introduction to different musical instruments, and how they sound on their own and together.
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AIUUP 3 years +3 years +
Easy-to-make instruments for kids shown step by step. It features 16 fantastic projects on how to make, decorate and play your very own musical instruments. The ideas include drums and beaters, pastry cutter castanets, and a kazoo made out of a cardboard tube. Clear step-by-step photographs for every project make it easy for young readers to copy the techniques, learn from them, and delight in the results. It introduces very simple ideas in music theory and sound production, in an easy-to-understand way. All the projects use readily available materials and very basic equipment that you can find around the home. It is the perfect starter book for ages 3-7 years - for older readers to use with minimum supervision, and for younger children to enjoy with adult help. This book is specially designed to build on children's instinctive musical talent, by teaching them about a whole range of instruments to play, and new types of sounds to explore. They will learn how to make and decorate their own musical instruments from all manner of basic materials and odds and ends that are readily found around the home, and how to produce all kinds of noises from them. The projects include a bass made out of an old cardboard box, a bottle xylophone, and a bugle fashioned from a funnel and a garden hose.
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APZYR 5 years +5 years +
Three Singing Pigs has a bright new cover! This baker's dozen of traditional tales retold by the wonderful Kaye Umansky is a much-loved resource of musical fun through stories. Interweaving the stories are songs with familiar melodies and specially rewritten words which carry the action along. Instantly performable pieces of classroom magic. The music activities which accompany each story will be familiar in concept to everyone who uses Music Express. With its new Free downloadable lesson plans, teachers will be able to plan the stories into their music scheme of work. NEW: FREE LESSON PLAN DOWNLOADS ON THE A&C BLACK MUSIC WEBSITE
AMSPN 7 years +7 years +
This much-loved book is a collection of over one hundred songs, some well known, some less known, collected over the years by experienced Waldorf teacher Brien Masters. They are graded for different ages from Class 3 (age 8) to Class 8 (age 14) and grouped into festivals and seasons. They include rounds and four-part songs, and musical notation for recorders and other instruments. This is a wonderful resource for Steiner-Waldorf class teachers, and any teacher or parent looking to introduce music to their classroom or home.
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Even the smallest toddler will enjoy the wonderfully silly animal antics in Animal Music, so join in and sing and dance along - you've never been to a gig like it!
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There's harmony in the air when the animals get together to make music and put on a concert with a difference! Koala's playing his flute, Badger's bashing away on the drums and Squirrel's strumming on the guitar.
Trademark Julia Donaldson rhymes and rhythms accompanied by Nick Sharratt's mischievous and funny illustrations make this bright and playful book a sure winner. Perfect for reading out loud!
AMPPW 3 years +3 years +
This new series of bright, slider board books featuring perennially popular nursery rhymes bursts with energy and cheering illustrations.Each book also comes with five slider mechanisms, and both an instrumental and vocal version of the nursery rhyme - simply scan the QR code on the first page for little ones to listen and sing along!
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AHLUQ 11 years +11 years +
Now available in paperback and with over 10,000 entries, the Oxford Dictionary of Music (previously the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music) offers broad coverage of a wide range of musical categories spanning many eras, including composers, librettists, singers, orchestras, important ballets and operas, and musical instruments and their history. Over 250 new entries have been added to this edition to expand coverage of popular music, ethnomusicology, modern and contemporary composers, music analysis, and recording technology. Existing entries have been expanded where necessary to include more coverage of the reception of major works, and to include key new works and categories, such as multimedia. Entry-level web links are listed and regularly updated on a dedicated companion website, expanding the scope of the dictionary. The dictionary now also includes two useful appendices, one listing French, German, and Italian musical terms with their English translations, and an abbreviations list for letters commonly used in musical scores and musical writing. The Oxford Dictionary of Music is the most up-to-date and accessible dictionary of musical terms available and an essential point of reference for music students, teachers, lecturers, professional musicians, as well as music enthusiasts.
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AGMEE 7 years +7 years +
"Me and My Piano" is the best-selling tutor series designed especially for younger beginners. Part 1 takes the young pianist step-by-step through the earliest stages of piano technique, first with separate hands, then with a sequence of very easy pieces for hands together. All use a constant five finger hand position in the key of C major. Games and puzzles give theory a new lease of life, and children will love the rhymes and songs introducing characters such as the Ostrich and Sammy Squirrel. Originally published in 1989, this new edition retains all the quality teaching material and engaging colour illustrations of the original, with a fresh new look, improved presentation and complete new music setting.
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ABPYW 7 years +7 years +
Sing Musical Theatre: Wouldn't It Be Loverly? features fifteen musical theatre songs in a range of styles, both classic and contemporary with useful background and performance notes, handy singing tips and exercises, and backing track CD. Suitable for Trinity Guildhall Singing and Musical Theatre candidates Grades 1-3 or for anyone looking for a new, practical compilation of the repertoire, carefully selected to be appropriate for the grade.
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AAZWX 8 years +8 years +
The perfect companion to "Kids Chords and My First Recorder Music", this is the ideal guide for those who may enjoy playing instruments, but have not yet mastered how to read music from the page. It is ideal for any age, but ideal for children between 8 and 10 years old. This guide provides the essentials you need to know, explaining pitch, the treble clef, the bass clef, rhythm, accidentals, key signatures and time signatures. You can then practise what you have learnt with the 'Play Along' sections containing simple, well-known examples of music. It comes with helpful diagrams, clear accessible text and a practical ringbound format.
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ALUUQ 7 years +7 years +
Improve your theory! Grades 1 - 5 are the latest additions to the bestselling 'Improve your - ' series by Paul Harris. This theory workbook takes students through every aspect of music theory covered in the grade 1 ABRSM examination. Firmly rooted in Paul Harris's Simultaneous Learning approach, it will transform how music theory is taught and learnt, improving every aspect of musicianship along the way. Never before has theory been so fun or seemed so natural! - Handy fact files that cover different areas of music theory - Practice questions to help students prepare for examinations - Fun games and quizzes to engage students and offer new and interesting ways to tackle difficult concepts - Questions that connect theory directly with pupils' own pieces - allowing them to discover the links between music in theory and music in practice - Opportunities for composing, improvising, aural and listening activities, all carefully devised to consolidate musical understanding.
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ALNWM 14 years +14 years +
Rock & Pop Theory: the essential guide offers musicians of all ages and levels a practical and relevant guide to music theory today. With a special focus on popular music, this indispensable guide: introduces key musical concepts such as pitch, tempo, rhythm, harmony, scales, instruments, musical forms and structure outlines the conventions governing music notation, applying these specifically to rock & pop music provides interesting facts and real music examples to contextualise music theory offers practical tips on how to identify intervals, make up melodies and rhythms, set words to music and much more includes an introduction and 'theory in practice' notes by renowned educationalist Paul Harris contains quick-reference tools including an appendix, list of further repertoire examples, table of instruments, periods of music history, table of scales and modes and summary keys and time signatures.
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