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Beethoven for Kids

Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most influential composers of all time, is brought vividly to life and made relevant to today's young musicians in "Beethoven for Kids." Readers learn about Beethoven's troubled childhood and family life, early gift and passion for music, volatile personality, championing of equality and freedom, and persistence in his work despite increasing hearing loss. From Mozart, Haydn, and Schiller to the American and French Revolutions to the bold new ideas of the Enlightenment, the great musicians, thinkers, and movements of Beethoven's time are presented and their profound effect on the composer's life and music explained. Kids also come away with a thorough understanding of complex music concepts and terms, such as counterpoint, ornamentation, improvisation, motifs, and much more. Twenty-one engaging activities, including singing musical variations, dancing a Viennese waltz, creating an operatic diorama, and making a model eardrum, illuminate Beethoven's life, times, and work. A time line, glossary, online resources, and recordings and reading lists for further listening and study round out this comprehensive resource.
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Helen Bauer is the author of Young People's Guide to Classical Music. A classically trained musician and former piano, music theory, and reading teacher, she worked with Leonard Bernstein on his nationally televised Young People's Concerts and performed at Carnegie Hall and elsewhere.


"A good choice for young musicians ... a well-written text." -- School Library Journal "This will be particularly useful for parents and classroom teachers hoping to make the study of great music more interesting." -- Kirkus Reviews "A great introduction to classical piano music." -- Curriculum Review "A far-ranging book that explains musical terms as well as the times in which the composer lived, this is one way to put a face to classical music and show a young person that real, interesting people not only composed this music but also enjoyed playing and listening to it." -- BookLoons "The great composer, the music and the history all come alive! With historic illustrations, diagrams and cool activities (like dancing the Viennese waltz!), the book is full of fab information and makes a great coffee table book. It's a fantastic way to get your kids into classical music, or for those who are taking music lessons." -- Celebrity Parent

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