A fascinating introduction to music and the orchestra for children. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about the subject, presented in a novel format—a book with a free downloadable app that allows you to interact with the orchestra and listen to Benjamin Britten’s music, performed by The Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Music forms part of the curriculum taught in schools around the world. This book presents a fresh take on a traditional subject, and the instruments are brought to life with the digital element which means readers can see and hear what they put into practice at school.
The book covers key topics including: What is music?: How music is made; Types of music; Recording music; History of music; Composers; Instrument profiles; The orchestra. Each spread is filled with striking photographs and informative, bite-sized chunks of text supplement the music curriculum taught in schools. ‘Did you know?’ and ‘Suggested listening’ feature boxes appear throughout the book to offer an extra level of information.
Special Items Include
• The free interactive app has two sequences profiling four key instruments (the clarinet, violin, trumpet and timpani drum) plus the orchestra.
• The Young Person’s Guide To The Orchestra was composed by Benjamin Britten in 1946 after he was commissioned to write some music to accompany a documentary film called ‘Instruments of the Orchestra’. The film was to be shown in English schools as part of the national music curriculum and the piece is structured to highlight the capacities of each section of the orchestra. Each variation also features a particular instrument in depth. This timeless piece is one of the most popularly used scores in children’s music education.
Joe Fullman is an experienced children’s author and has written many non-fiction reference titles for DK and Quarto. He lives in South London.