The Story of Music: A history of music for children

The Story of Music

A friendly and inspiring introduction to music history, telling the stories of the world's greatest musicians from Bach to Beyonce.

The Story of Music begins with the early drums and flutes of our ancestors, which date back to the last icea age, through to the modern day. Mick Manning and Brita Granström take your on a tour of their personally selected music library which showcases the work of some of the world's most famous artists and few a less well-known ones. The musicians featured include Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry; Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Blondie, Grandmaster Flash, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce as well as Bjork and Kraftwerk.

The friendly text and illustrations help children to appreciate the music, highlighting interesting biographical details and picking out key details to spot. The book's large format means the music artwork is reproduced on a wonderfully impactful scale. This really is a book to give and treasure.

The creative team of Mick Manning and Brita Granström are well-known for their ground breaking children's information books. Their many awards range the TES Information Book Award for What's Under the Bed? and the English Association Non-fiction award for Charlie's War Illustrated.

Author: Mick Manning and Brita Granström

Mick Manning: Mick studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. He is also an exhibiting artist and printmaker.

Brita Granström: Brita was born near Eskilstuna in Sweden and studied at Konstfack in Stockholm. Although her Nordic roots remain self-evident in work made on location; both indoors and outdoors, and in all weathers, she has lived and painted in the UK since 1994. Her paintings are in private and public collections around the world and she has appeared on television and radio. She is represented by Thompsons Galleries and her work is also exhibited at other select galleries across the UK.

Book Details:

  • Format: Hardback
  • Print length: 88 pages
  • Dimensions: 24.6 x 1.2 x 30 cm
  • Reading age: 7 - 9 years old
  • Publication date: 22 Oct. 2020
  • ISBN: 1445163667

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Take a melodious journey through time!

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Ready to embark on a melodious journey through time? Let's dive into the magical world of music, where every note tells a story and every rhythm paints a picture. “The Story of Music” is not just a history lesson—it's an adventure that will captivate young minds and inspire budding musicians.

Our journey begins in prehistoric times, where the first musicians weren't humans at all, but the songs of birds and the rustling of leaves. Early humans joined the chorus with simple instruments like bone flutes and drums made from animal skins. Imagine a time when music was a way to connect with nature and communicate emotions without words. Encourage your little ones to create their own instruments from everyday objects—plastic bottles become shakers, and pots and pans turn into a drum set!

Fast forward to Ancient Egypt and Greece, where music became more structured. The Egyptians used harps and flutes in their ceremonies, while the Greeks believed music was a gift from the gods. They even had competitions to see who could create the most beautiful melodies! Why not organize a mini music contest at home or in the classroom? Let the kids showcase their talent and creativity, just like the ancient Greeks.

Zooming ahead to the Middle Ages, we find music blossoming in churches and courts. Monks chanted in monasteries, and troubadours sang tales of chivalry and love. This era saw the birth of written music, making it easier to share and preserve songs. Introduce your students or children to simple musical notation and let them compose their own tunes. Who knows? You might be nurturing the next Mozart or Beethoven!

From the harmonious Baroque period to the revolutionary sounds of the 20th century, each era of music has its own unique flavour. Keep the fun going by exploring different genres and instruments with your young learners. Remember, the story of music is still being written, and every child has the potential to add their own beautiful chapter. Happy teaching, and may your days be filled with joyful melodies!

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