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Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Music? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Web of Best Books for teaching about Music.



by Jeanette Winter
A long time ago, a boy named Sebastian was born into a family of musicians. He heard music everywhere, especially in his own head, and he wrote down what he heard. Sebastian also created a little book of music especially for his wife, Anna Magdalena, so that in the evenings the whole family could make music together. Hundreds of years after his death, Bach's music is heard and played all over the world. Many people think it is some of the most glorious music ever written. And today young students -- like Bach's own children -- can learn to play the music from Anna Magdalena's notebook.

by Robert Levine
Eye-catching illustrations and engaging text lead children on an exciting and educational tour through the instruments and music of the orchestra. The text is organized into three sections: an introduction to each instrument of the orchestra, the stories of famous composers, and an explanation of different musical styles from Baroque to Modern. Each step of the way, children can listen on the accompanying CD to actual musical examples of what they are learning about.

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by Peter Yarrow, Lenny Lipton
Puff, the Magic Dragon is simply one of the most beloved songs of all time. Now, with Yarrow's and Lipton's blessing, Puff and his friend Jackie Paper frolic on the page in the land of Honalee. Artist Eric Puybaret has brought an entire magical world into being with enthralling landscapes, color, and characters. And everyone will love the way the art cleverly turns the song's end, which at first seemed so sad, into a surprising and joyful moment.

by Leo & Diane Dillon
Bright colors and musical patterns make music skip off the page in this toe-tapping homage to many jazz greats. From Miles Davis and Charlie Parker to Ella Fitzgerald, here is a dream team sure to knock your socks off. Learn about this popular music form and read a biography of each player pictured -- and then hear each instrument play on a specially produced CD. A Caldecott Honor Book.

by Ann Hayes
This lyrical romp through the orchestra begins with animal musicians slowly gathering for the evening performance. Poetic descriptions suggest the sounds of the instruments, and lively watercolor illustrations capture the playful essence of each musician and musical instrument. "It's a smashing introduction to classical music, and a must prior to a first visit to the symphony," according to Publishers Weekly.

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