A Child's Introduction to the Orchestra (Revised and Updated)

A Child's Introduction to the Orchestra (Revised and Updated)

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Item #: 023532
ISBN: 9780762495474
Grades: 3-7

Product Description:

This book brings the culture and beauty of orchestra music to children by sharing the history of the art, describing the instruments involved, giving fun facts about different composers and music, and providing samples of the music on the accompanying online access. Orchestra Bob, a cartoon gentleman, is the guide through the book. The first half of the book tells about the different composers of orchestra music, and the second half describes the physical layout of an orchestra and the different instruments involved. The first half is broken into the Baroque, Classical Music, Romantic, and Modern Eras, highlighting famous composers from each time period. The book describes how this music became part of and affected each era and shows how each composer affected orchestra music. Orchestra Bob points out when to play certain tracks, which give famous samples of many of the composers' works. The book does a good job of highlighting the importance of each composer, but it does not give a thorough biography of each life, more of a general description of the way they affected the art and a list of their greatest works. Colorful text boxes, fun cartoon illustrations, and famous quotes make the book interesting and fun to read, and the music lets children connect the composers with their creations. The second half of the book covers the instruments themselves and is broken down into string, woodwind, brass, and percussion sections, as well as keyboard instruments. Readers see an illustration of an orchestra and then go on to learn about the specific instruments involved. The book explains how each instrument is played, points out special features, and gives some details of each instrument's history and development. In this section, Orchestra Bob instructs readers to listen to special tracks which provide examples of the music made from featured instruments in actual works from different composers. He also points out how to listen for the different instruments that have been discussed. This section is as colorful and fun as the first, with actual photographs of each instrument covered. It provides a great way to listen to the music of the orchestra while simultaneously learning about the history, instruments, and composers. ~ Rachel S.

Publisher Description:

This interactive, bestselling introduction to the world of classical music — from music history and key composers to instruments and arrangements — now includes a removable poster and access to downloadable music so elementary-age children (and their parents) can listen as they learn.

A Child’s Introduction to the Orchestra is a fun and exciting musical journey. With cheery narrator Orchestra Bob as their guide, kids are encouraged to listen, learn, and enjoy as they are introduced to the most powerful works from the greatest composers throughout history. He tells wacky stories about deaf composers and quirky musicians, and explores the inspirations behind monumental pieces. Kids will also learn about each instrument of the orchestra from the cello to the timpani, as well as different musical styles from Baroque to Modern.

Each step of the way, children can listen to musical examples of what they are learning about by downloading audio tracks from an exclusive website. 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. Also included is a removable a poster of instruments and their location in the orchestra.

Illustrated in exquisite and colorful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, this is the perfect introduction to the magical world of classical music.

Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
Trade Cloth
1 hr. 10 mins.
Teachers Edition, Instructors Manual, etc., Illustrated
9 to 12
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Black Dog and Leaventhal
1.6 (lbs.)
10.25" x 10.38" x 0.62"
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Krista L on Aug 14, 2022
Orchestra for CC Cycle 3, we read the The Poetry book by the same author and loved it.
Elizabeth C on Oct 12, 2020
Krista L on Aug 14, 2022
introduce my kids to music and instruments.
Amanda M on Aug 11, 2022
Orchestra for CC Cycle 3, we read the The Poetry book by the same author and loved it.
Elizabeth C on Oct 12, 2020
Philip Z on Sep 12, 2020
plan to tach kids music
Inna K on Jul 24, 2020
Homeschool Enrichment
User on Jul 16, 2020
Highly recommended by several friends as part of our classical music study.
Bethanna R on Aug 18, 2018
My kids love music and we are studying this in classical conversations.
Sherie H on Jul 22, 2018
For Beautiful Feet books classical studies
Nancy T on Aug 6, 2017
I've heard so many good things about this book and CD.
Kristen B on Jun 23, 2017
I purchased this for a Orchestra study at our homeschool co-op.
Laura B on Jan 28, 2017
This book was recommended with the History of Classical Music
LORETTA on Nov 16, 2016
This will be incorporated to our family morning time. We will learn about the orchestra in bite-sized chunks one day each week.
Kristine A on Aug 31, 2016
This was recommended to me as a fun music history tool to teach my young elementary school children. We really enjoyed reading it and listen to the cd.
Madelyn W on Aug 19, 2016
Recommended on one of our favorite blogs.
Tomika B on Jul 21, 2016
"Suggested by Half A Hundred Acre Wood Blogger to accompany our Classical Conversations Curriculum."
Andrea G on Jun 30, 2016
It came highly recommended from several friends and we chose it to use for a few of our music study/appreciation times.
User on Jan 14, 2016
This was required material for History of Classical Music.
Tami S. on Nov 6, 2015
introduce my kids to music and instruments.
Amanda M on Aug 11, 2022
Philip Z on Sep 12, 2020
Can you tell me if this is hardcover or paperback?
A shopper on Oct 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If it is the one I purchased it is a hardcover
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Rated 5 out of 5
Very basic music history book...good starting point and the CD is a great addition
January 15, 2017
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
The Story of the Orchestra is a well rounded introduction to musical instruments and to composers The composers are in part one and are arranged chronologically by musical era -- Baroque Classical Romantic and Modern Part two about instruments is divided by sections -- string woodwind brass percussion and keyboard An oversized book with lots of illustrations and photographs it's the kind of book that makes a great living book spine for a classical music unit study and will continue to serve as a handy reference through all your years of composer study We reference it often as we listen to our composer of the term (in a Charlotte Mason styled composer study) The companion CD is a nice plus There will be a note on a page telling you which track is relevant For example when we studied Tchaikovsky I pulled out this book and looked for his name in the index I found not only a whole page about him with some quite interesting facts but also a reference to him on the Celesta page On the CD is a track of his "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy " featuring that instrumentIn my opinion this book is appropriate for children aged K-6
May 9, 2009

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