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Children's Musical Book Collection (3 Hardcover Books with CDs)
SKU: 10503
  
10% off the 3 Hardcover Books with CDs total. 
 
Price: $50.93 $44.99 (3 Hardcover Books with CDs)
 
 
Set includes:
 
 
A delightfully colorful introduction to classical music, aimed to fire the imagination of young children. 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 Magic Flute (Mozart), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Williams), Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saëns), The Planets (Holst), Petrushka (Stravinsky), and Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev).
 
 
 
A little spooky, a little sad, and a lot of musical fun - that's what's in store for you with Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead.
 
The San Francisco Symphony asked composer Nathaniel Stookey to write the music and the great storyteller Lemony Snicket to create the story. Edwin Outwater conducted the world premiere performance and recording of The Composer Is Dead with the SFS in July 2006.
 
by Lemony Snicket (Author), Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
With CD of music composed by Nathaniel Stookey, narrated by Lemony Snicket.
 
 
 
Orchestra Bob Takes You on a Fun and Exciting Journey Through the World of Classical Music.

ALONG THE WAY YOU'LL LISTEN to the greatest works in classical music and HEAR each instrument of the orchestra and LEARN fun facts about the music, composers and musicians, including:

-Bach wasn't famous until 100 years after he died
-Some people think that years of playing the oboe can make you crazy
-Beethoven was totally deaf by the time he wrote the famous 9th Symphony
-The contrabassoon would be 16 feet tall if unwound
-Copland composed at night and on weekends and had a day job as an insurance agent

Illustrated in exquisite and colorful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, engaging text and delightful musical selections on the accompanying 70-minute CD lead children ages 8 to 12 (and parents, too!) on an exciting and educational tour through the instruments and music of the orchestra. The engaging text is broken into three sections: an introduction to each instrument of the orchestra from the cello to the timpani, the stories of famous composers from Bach to Stravinsky and an explanation of different musical styles from Baroque to Modern. Each step of the way, children can listen to actual musical examples of what they are learning about. Young readers will hear the sound of an actual violin as they study the instrument and enjoy the playful tune of a Mozart minuet as they read about the composer's precocious exploits as a child.

Our price: $44.99
My First Classical Music Book (Hardcover with CD)
SKU: 10407
 
A delightfully colorful introduction to classical music, aimed to fire the imagination of young children. 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 Magic Flute (Mozart), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Williams), Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saëns), The Planets (Holst), Petrushka (Stravinsky), and Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev).
 
Features:
Hardcover book
60 beautiful full-color pages with amusing animal characters
28-track CD with music samples from history's greatest composers
9.8 x .05 x 9.8 inches
 
Age range: 5 and older
Written by Genevieve Helsby and Illustrated by Jason Chapman
Our price: $12.99
The Composer Is Dead (Hardcover Book with CD)
SKU: 7789
 
A little spooky, a little sad, and a lot of musical fun - that's what's in store for you with Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead.
 
The San Francisco Symphony asked composer Nathaniel Stookey to write the music and the great storyteller Lemony Snicket to create the story. Edwin Outwater conducted the world premiere performance and recording of The Composer Is Dead with the SFS in July 2006.
 
by Lemony Snicket (Author), Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
 
With CD of music composed by Nathaniel Stookey, narrated by Lemony Snicket.

Hardcover: 40 pages

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Our price: $17.99
Story of the Orchestra (Hardcover with CD)
SKU: 2313
 
Orchestra Bob Takes You on a Fun and Exciting Journey Through the World of Classical Music.

ALONG THE WAY YOU'LL LISTEN to the greatest works in classical music and HEAR each instrument of the orchestra and LEARN fun facts about the music, composers and musicians, including:

-Bach wasn't famous until 100 years after he died
-Some people think that years of playing the oboe can make you crazy
-Beethoven was totally deaf by the time he wrote the famous 9th Symphony
-The contrabassoon would be 16 feet tall if unwound
-Copland composed at night and on weekends and had a day job as an insurance agent

Illustrated in exquisite and colorful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, engaging text and delightful musical selections on the accompanying 70-minute CD lead children ages 8 to 12 (and parents, too!) on an exciting and educational tour through the instruments and music of the orchestra. The engaging text is broken into three sections: an introduction to each instrument of the orchestra from the cello to the timpani, the stories of famous composers from Bach to Stravinsky and an explanation of different musical styles from Baroque to Modern. Each step of the way, children can listen to actual musical examples of what they are learning about. Young readers will hear the sound of an actual violin as they study the instrument and enjoy the playful tune of a Mozart minuet as they read about the composer's precocious exploits as a child.

Age range: 8 - 12 (and older!)
Written by Robert T. Levine, Illustrated by Meredith Hamilton
Black Dog & Leventhal Pub—ISBN 1579121489 (hardback with CD), 96 pp.
Our price: $19.95
Noisy Orchestra Book with Music
SKU: 10826
 
From gentle woodwind to crashing drums, this book is a perfect introduction to the world of classical music for young children. Join the animal orchestra as they rehearse for their concert. From hamster on the triangle to Hippo on the tuba, listen to all the animals' instruments by pressing the sound buttons, before hearing the entire orchestra playing together at the end.
 
Written by Sam Taplin
Illustrated by Gareth and Katherine Lucas
 
Size: 11.7" x 10.7" x 0.7"
Pages: 10
Our price: $19.99
The Young Musician's Survival Guide
SKU: 13335
 
Learning to play an instrument can be fun and, at times, frustrating. This lively, accessible book helps young people cope with the difficulties involved in learning a new instrument and remaining dedicated to playing and practicing. Teens from renowned music programs - including the Juilliard School's Pre-College Program and Boston University's Tanglewood Institute - join pro musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Paula Robison, and James Galway in offering practical answers to questions from what instrument to play to where the musical road may lead.
 
In this revised and expanded edition, Amy Nathan has updated the book to address today's more technologically-minded young musician. Expanded sections cover the various ways students can use technology to assist in mastering an instrument and in making practice time more productive, from using the Internet to download pieces to be learned and playing along with downloaded tunes to practicing with computer-based practice programs, CDs, and videos/DVDs of musical performances. She also addresses concerns of young composers and conductors, two groups not mentioned in the original edition. The book's updated Resource Guide suggests where to get additional help, both online and off.
 
Written by Amy Nathan
Age 12+
192 pages
6" x 9"
Our price: $13.95
Young People's Guide to Classical Music
SKU: 8862
 
Most parents and teachers appreciate the value and importance of classical music, and would like to be able to pass on their enjoyment to the next generation. Yet there is a dearth of comprehensive classical music literature available to the young adult reader. Young People's Guide to Classical Music covers all of the information needed for a thorough understanding of the elements that comprise classical music. Written primarily for people unfamiliar with these elements, this is a practical handbook as well as a reference. Included in the section on musical periods are segments that explain the general history and background of each era so that the changes in the music world are in context. This book is for the parents of music students, parents who want to nurture an interest in classical music in their children, young adults who already have an interest in this field, educational institutions that provide instruction in music, and adults who wish to increase their own familiarity with classical music and its composers.
 
Written by Helen Bauer
288 pages
6" x 9"
Our price: $18.99
Simply Fantastic: An Introduction to Classical Music (Hardcover with CD)
SKU: 13336
 
The works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, and others are introduced to children through the magical beings from legends and classic tales—including gnomes, fairies, witches, goblins, elves, and wizards—that inspired the composers. An original and interesting way for younger listeners to discover classical music, this book pairs three centuries of music history with stunning and evocative illustrations. A glossary of musical terms, a short biography of each composer, and a brief presentation of each extraordinary character are included.
 
The accompanying CD features 20 excerpts from various recordings performed by world-class luminaries, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Written by Ana Gerhard
Illustrated by Claudia Legnazzi
 
Size: 8.2" x 8.0" x 0.5"
Pages: 68
Age: 7+
Our price: $18.95
Lang Lang Piano Academy: Mastering the Piano - Level 1
SKU: 015062
 
Mastering the piano is the first series of books to be launched in the Lang Lang Piano Academy, a major new piano program encompassing a range of materials for pianists of all levels. Comprising five progressive books, mastering the piano captures Lang Lang's passion, drive and extraordinary mastery of the piano. Each book gives students the chance to learn from this exceptional talent who has impressed the world.
 
Units in Lang Lang Piano Academy: mastering the piano, Level 1 (approximately equivalent to Grade 1/Early Elementary) include exploring the keyboard, feeling the beat, legato playing, staccato playing, developing dexterity, playing chords, the left hand, and playing with dynamics.
 
Titles: Lantern Song (Traditional Chinese) * Canzonet (Christian Neefe) * Hopscotch (Richard Harris) * Mission Impossible (Pam Wedgwood) * Allegretto in F (Johann Georg Witthauer) * Simple Gifts (Joseph Brackett) * Twilight (Richard Harris) * Cuckoo (Emil Breslaur) * Chasing Tails (Alan Bullard) * Minuet in C (Domenico Scarlatti) * Ode to Joy (Ludwig van Beethoven) * (Allemande (Ludwig van Beethoven) * The Elephant (Camille Saint-Saens) * Lullaby (Johannes Brahms) * Mo li hua (Jasmine Flower) (Traditional Chinese) * Embrukoi (Traditional African).
 
48 pages
9" x 12"
Our price: $16.95
Lang Lang Piano Academy: Mastering the Piano - Level 2
SKU: 015063
 
Mastering the piano is the first series of books to be launched in the Lang Lang Piano Academy, a major new piano program encompassing a range of materials for pianists of all levels. Comprising five progressive books, mastering the piano captures Lang Lang's passion, drive and extraordinary mastery of the piano. Each book gives students the chance to learn from this exceptional talent who has impressed the world.
 
Units in Lang Lang Piano Academy: mastering the piano, Level 2 (approximately equivalent to Grade 2/Elementary) include exploring the keyboard, hand coordination, rhythmic control, phrasing, developing dexterity, finger control, the left hand, and dynamics.

Titles: Bear Dance (Schumann) * Ecossaise in G (Hassler) * Melody (Le Couppey) * To Begin With (Wilm) * A Joke (Bartok) * Tarantella (Bullard) * Night Journey (Gurlitt) * Takeda Lullaby (Traditional Japanese) * Arabesque (Burgmuller) * Gypsy Dance (Haydn) * Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke) * Soldier's March (Schumann) * Cello Solo (Lang) * Song (Reinecke) * Dedication (Heller) * Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Tchaikovsky).
 
48 pages
9" x 12"
Our price: $16.95
Lang Lang Piano Academy: Mastering the Piano - Level 4
SKU: 015065
 
Mastering the piano is the first series of books to be launched in the Lang Lang Piano Academy, a major new piano program encompassing a range of materials for pianists of all levels. Comprising five progressive books, mastering the piano captures Lang Lang's passion, drive and extraordinary mastery of the piano. Each book gives students the chance to learn from this exceptional talent who has impressed the world.
 
Units in Lang Lang Piano Academy: mastering the piano, Level 4 (approximately equivalent to Grade 4/Early Intermediate) include posture, movement and hand shape, legato pedaling, new accompaniment styles, more on chords, more on rhythm, musical context, phrasing and rubato, and dexterity.
 
Titles: Little Study from Mikrokosmos (Bela Bartok) * Flower Drum Song (Traditional Chinese) * Waltz (Lang Lang) * Little Study (Robert Schumann) * Arirang (Traditional Korean) * Prayer (Reinhold Gilere) * Study in F from 'The Wheel of Progress' (Thomas Dunhill) * Waltz (Johannes Brahms) * About Strange Lands and People from 'Scenes from Childhood' (Robert Schumann) * La petite reunion (Friedrich Burgmuller) * Allegro Assai from Sonata in G (Georg Benda) * Morning Prayer (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) * Study in G (Carl Czerny) * Sonatina from '30 Children's Pieces' (Dmitry Kabalevsky) * Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin) * Ballade (Friedrich Burgmuller) * Watchman's Song from 'Lyric Pieces' (Edvard Grieg) * Sweet Dreams from 'Album for the Young' (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) * Der Dichter spricht from 'Scenes from Childhood' (Robert Schumann) * Alla Siciliana (Felix Gullmant) * Andante (Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach) * Study from L'agilite (Felix Le Couppey) * Sonatina (Muzio Clementi) * Invention in F (Johann Sebastian Bach).
 
60 pages
9" x 12"
Our price: $17.95
The Philharmonic Gets Dressed
By Karla Kuskin
Illustrated by Marc Simont
 
In these pages Karla Kuskin and Marc Simont combine their talents to give us a delightful and unusual inside view of one way an orchestra prepares.
 
Softcover.
Our price: $6.99
Little Ballerina Dancing Book - with dance-along ballet music CD
SKU: 6789
 
This book and CD will delight any aspiring little ballerina.  The CD contains over 30 minutes of enchanting ballet music - perfect for tiptoeing, twirling and skipping. 
Our price: $16.99
Rhinoceros Tap (Hardcover with CD)

SKU: 6385

Sandra Boynton's Rhinoceros Tap is a loopy good time--delicate piano ballads swoon over unloved peas all alone on a plate ("O Lonely Peas") and the pink-nosed object of a lovesick mouse's affection ("I Love You More Than Cheese"); a penful of pigs dig into a doo-wop celebration of their "fabulous swine" selves ("Perfect Piggies"); and a Dylan-esque dog bids his pack adieu with the mournful line, "It's sad but true/I'm 6 years old, but I feel 42" ("So Long, Doggies"). Best of all, skeptics who guessed that Boynton's first CD, the star-studded wacko revue "Philadelphia Chickens," succeeded so brilliantly because she had an army of celebrities behind her are dutybound to shush. There is but one singer here, the pleasantly even-keeled Adam Bryant, and though he lends these 15 numbers a likability that may not have translated without him, it is Boynton's crackpot wit, as well as the winning arrangements she pieced together with musical partner Michael Ford, that de! serves full credit for the way the songs winnow themselves into listeners' brains, be they 3 or 34. --Tammy La Gorce

Our price: $16.95
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