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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1100L (What's this?)
  • Series: For Kids series
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; Act edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569767114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569767115
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"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

About the Author

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.


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Helen Bauer, born in New York City, is a graduate of the High School of Music and Art (now known as the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts) and Hunter College. As a vocal student at Music and Art she had the privilege of working with Leonard Bernstein on a nationally televised Young People's Concert performance of Aaron Copland's opera The Second Hurricane. Mr. Copland, later that year, conducted another presentation of the opera at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which was broadcast on the radio.

She also participated in several private concerts at Carnegie Hall and a number of public performances as a member of a chorus. Her experience on the stage encompassed summer stock musicals and some off Broadway revivals. Working with a band, she also sang in the large hotels in upstate New York as well as entertaining at private parties. She often headlined at small cafes in the New York area.

Moving to Connecticut after her marriage, Mrs. Bauer directed, staged and conducted several musicals for teen-aged youth groups. One of these teen singing groups toured the Eastern seaboard. She also provided piano and music theory lessons to individuals. A certified teacher, Mrs. Bauer has taught in New York, Connecticut and Florida.

Currently, Mrs. Bauer is working on a book about the composer Giuseppe Verdi.

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The variety of projects is very nice to keep all children's interest.
Kathy Myers
Very interesting, and perfect if you are studying this time period as there will be sections in the book about the culture, times, music.
J. Richter
The book then walks us through Beethoven's life and his major symphonies.
Stuart Dunn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Richter on November 11, 2011
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I bought this from amazon to use as we are studying through the early 1800's for school (homeschool). It was too advanced for my son (1st grade), but it triggered some interesting discussions about Beethoven, and I just sat and read the whole thing myself. Very interesting, and perfect if you are studying this time period as there will be sections in the book about the culture, times, music. It also has activities to do. You could be busy for awhile with this book. I am no expert on Beethoven so cannot comment on it's accuracy but it completely covers his life, career and personal. I feel like I have a much better sense of who he was. Very interesting! We will use more of this book in a few years when we come around to studying this time period again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By enthusiastic mom on October 22, 2012
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I was attracted to this book because of the 21 activities mentioned in the title. The biography information is just right for a bright elementary or middle grade student, and as an adult, there was enough new (to me) information about Beethoven to keep me reading the whole thing. The biographical information is well-written and broken up logically, with activities sprinkled throughout the book. The activities all pertain to Beethoven and music yet cross into other subjects like art, other cultures, and science. They range from how to create variations on a familiar tune (Twinkle Twinkle is the example they suggest) to building a model that shows how the eardrum works. I am planning to try several of the activities with my 12-year-old homeschooled child in the next couple of weeks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Librarydragon on June 4, 2012
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I love this book. Lots of good information on Beethoven and some excellent activities. I will definately be using this resource in the library next year.
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The variety of projects is very nice to keep all children's interest. I also like the fact that are is a little more space between the lines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan K. Ilka on November 29, 2012
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Probably not many kids know about this composer since he lived so long ago, but the biographical material is well researched and the projects are interesting. For a kid who is interested in music and history this one's a winner.
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