This vibrant book, with over sixty pages of amusing illustrations and music on a bonus audio CD and on a special webpage, offers young children a supreme introduction to classical music.
My First Classical Music Book is a delightfully colourful introduction to classical music, designed to fire the imagination of children aged 5–7 years. Readers are asked to think about the different places in which we might hear music. Then, each of the major composers and musical instrument families are introduced and brought to life in a vivid and enchanting way. Throughout the book, children are referred to the tracks on the CD or online—however they prefer to listen—so that they can hear examples as they read. This is the most exceptional book of its kind, providing an absorbing experience for both eyes and ears.
Following the international success of My First Classical Music Book, Genevieve Helsby and Jason Chapman return with My First Piano Book: an original and vibrant introduction for children to one of the world’s greatest musical instruments.
Bursting with life and humour, My First Piano Book flaunts the piano in all its glory to inspire a new audience. Each page is a treat to explore, as its animal characters show what they know (and what they don’t!). It truly is both informative and great fun.
The piano is an extraordinary invention and, for many music lovers, the greatest instrument of all. My First Piano Book opens a door to loving the sound of the instrument and becoming a pianist: it connects the discovery of brilliant piano playing (Part 1) with that very first go at pressing the keys (Part 2, which contains practical guidance). The joys of the piano are for everybody!
CD 1 / Online Part 1:
WHY IS THE PIANO SO SPECIAL?
23 music tracks including JS Bach Prelude in C, Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21, Joplin The Entertainer, Debussy Clair de lune, Fauré Berceuse, John Cage Perilous Night No. 6, Satie Gymnopédie No. 1, and so many more!
CD 2 / Online Part 2:
HOW DO I PLAY IT?
Play along with 12 specially written pieces, each belonging to an animal. Choose ‘Guide Me’ narration option to be talked through Part 2.
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“It is a gift for children who have already started their piano-playing journey…As one 11-year-old pupil […] said: ‘Overall the book is really fun. I like how it is not just pieces to play but has so much more information about the piano.’”
– Karen Marshall, www.musicteachermagazine.co.uk, May 2018
“The presentation is such fun and children will really enjoy the book; a great one for piano teachers to have to enthuse their pupils. …A very special book.”
“This is an absolutely fantastic Book of the Week for little ones who are just taking their first few steps in learning a musical instrument…an original and vibrant introduction for children to one of the world’s greatest musical instruments. Bursting with life and humour, My First Piano Book flaunts the piano in all its glory to inspire a new audience. Each page is a treat to explore. It truly is both informative and great fun.”
– Read it, Daddy!, 4 May 2018