Children's Education

Music & Drama Books for Kids

  • SCHM 7 years +
    Meurig Bowen
    7 years +
    • £5.99
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    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!

    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 +
    DK
    7 years +
    • £3.99
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    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.

    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!
  • ARJRT 9 years +
    Charlotte Guillain
    9 years +
    • £13.99
    What are myths and legends? How can you write plays that make myths and legends come to life? How can you turn a story full of famous characters into a fresh and exciting production?
  • AYHZY
    Charlotte Guillain
    • £8.89
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    What makes people laugh? How can you write a funny play? How can you turn a hilarious script into a side-splitting production?
  • AYHZZ
    Charlotte Guillain
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    What makes a play exciting or mysterious? How can you write plays full of tension? How can you turn a page-turning script into an edge-of-your-seat production?
  • AYYOX 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £7.19
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    If you're mad about dance, this book will help you make the most of your favourite hobby. Find out how to perfect your skills, whether you're dancing salsa, ballroom, tap or bhangra, and expand your abilities into taking part in dance shows and competitions.
  • AAZWX 8 years +
    Alan Charlton
    8 years +
    • £9.89
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    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.
  • ABPYW 7 years +
    John Gardyne
    7 years +
    • £14.89
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    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.
  • AGMEE 7 years +
    Fanny Waterman
    7 years +
    • £6.39
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    "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.
  • AGQGT 9 years +
    Jake Jackson
    9 years +
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    The perfect companion to the other titles in the "Music Made Easy" series ("Play the Guitar", "Play the Piano", "Guitar Chords", "Piano and Keyboard Chords"), this is the ideal guide for those, of any age, who may enjoy playing instruments, but have not yet mastered how to read music from the page. 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. Supported online by our "See it * Hear it" chord site. Now you can see the chord, then reach for your phone and hear the chord. Using any free QR code reader app (Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows) a web site opens automatically and you can listen to the chord as a strum, an arpeggio (each note played separately) and hear it as a piano chord and arpeggio.
  • AHLUQ 11 years +
    Tim Rutherford-Johnson
    11 years +
    • £11.99
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    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.
  • AHTUK 7 years +
    7 years +
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    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 Two) builds on the skills children learned in the first book!

    Part two is develops on the note-reading fluency skills learned in the Book One and introduces new notes, giving children the opportunity to play exercises where only one hand is required. The book also contains more writing exercises, sight reading drills, review work and technical studies to take children's piano and music skills to the next level.
  • AJJNY Toddlers
    Julia Donaldson
    Toddlers
    • £4.79
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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!

    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!
  • ALLQR 14 years +
    14 years +
    • £15.89
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    A bumper collection of our top-selling songs, all arranged for piano and voice with guitar chords. Features such classics as, I Say A Little Prayer and My Baby Just Cares For Me, with more recent classics like Radiohead's Creep and Let It Go from Disney's Frozen.
  • ALUUQ 7 years +
    Paul Harris
    7 years +
    • £3.89
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    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.
  • AMPPW 3 years +
    3 years +
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    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!
  • AMPPV 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £5.69
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    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!
  • AMSPN 7 years +
    Brien Masters
    7 years +
    • £13.39
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    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.
  • APVUV 5 years +
    Chloe Ryder
    5 years +
    • £4.89
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    Chevalia is an enchanted island where ponies and horses rule, its magic powered by eight golden horseshoes hanging in the royal castle. But the horseshoes have been stolen and must be found before Midsummer Day or the island will lose its magic ...The Special Secret It's Harvest Day on the magical island of Chevalia. Pippa and her Princess Pony friend Stardust head to the grasslands to help - and to search for the missing horseshoes. But Stardust decides that princesses shouldn't get their hoofs dirty doing farm work after all. This upsets her friend Mucker, who works on the farm. Perhaps if Stardust can overcome her pride, they might uncover another missing horseshoe in the fields. The third in a fabulous series of six books filled with spooky Night Mares, unicorns, Princess Ponies, and rip-roaring adventure.
  • AFTZP 7 years +
    John Pitts
    7 years +
    • £9.89
    • RRP £9.95
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    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
  • AAKTQ 5 years +
    Genevieve Helsby
    5 years +
    • £7.89
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    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".
  • ALKQR 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £3.99
    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 +
    John Thompson
    7 years +
    • £4.49
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    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!

    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.
  • APMZA 7 years +
    Anthony Marks
    7 years +
    • £4.79
    • RRP £5.99
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    This lively book will help young guitarists develop their skills in all aspects of classical guitar technique with over 40 simple tunes to play. The pieces are in single-line format and include well-known and less familiar tunes in first and second positions as well as some simple two-part pieces.