Batsford Book of Music for Children
This unassuming book packs enough info for a detailed children's music class! Subjects range from Music Appreciation topics such as types of instruments, ensembles, and genres all the way to Music Theory topics like reading music and playing basic instruments like the recorder, piano, and guitar. The straightforward presentation is accompanied by illustrations to help demonstrate what the text is saying, and although the text is simple enough for a child to read, the book is pretty text heavy so a parent may want to help get a child started. While the book is not structured to be a curriculum, I'm impressed at how much music education could be obtained by a thorough reading of this book. 127 hardcover pages. Laura
Meet Trudi Treble and Barry Bass: they're here to take kids on a musical journey! With their help, children aged 5 to 9 will begin to learn the language of music and understand clefs, staves, notes, and rhythm. In addition to great games, such as making an edible stave and notes with candy, budding musicians will start to play some of the most popular instruments, including the piano, guitar, and recorder. Appealing, comics-style illustrations make the experience thoroughly enjoyable.