Welcome to the symphony! An illustrated introduction to the world
of the orchestra through Beethoven's Symphony No.5 - with nineteen
sound buttons that allow children to hear how the different
instruments sound, and what different musical concepts mean.
About the Author
Carolyn Sloan is a music educator at the Berkeley Carroll School
in Brooklyn, New York, and the author of Finding Your Voice: A
Practical and Spiritual Approach to Singing and Living. A
songwriter and musician, she has been writing music for theater,
television, and children for the past 20 years. She lives with her
family in Brooklyn, New York.
- James Williamson is an illustrator, designer, and artist whose
work has appeared in The New York Times and numerous
children's books. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, New York.
"An ideal way to introduce children to the magic of
music--delightful, charming, wonderfully entertaining, beautifully
-Gerard Schwarz, music director, The All-Star Orchestra and music
director laureate, Seattle Symphony
"A delight for kids of any age! Educational, fun, a visual and
aural treat, this book introduces children to the wonderful world
of symphony music. With gorgeous illustrations, clear and
straightforward descriptions of the instruments, and interactive
buttons that play beautiful Beethoven, this will have your kids
dragging you to the symphony! I simply adored it."
-Terry Kinney, director, actor, and co-founder of the Steppenwolf
"An introduction to one of the greatest of all classical works that
quite wondrously includes not just words and pictures, but some of
the music itself. And to think that the musicians playing the
excerpts are young people as well, members of the New York Youth
Symphony! What could be more inspiring?"-Ted Libbey, author of
The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music
"Lively, beautifully written...a charming way to educate the next
generation of concert-goers."
-Orin O'Brien, double bassist, The New York Philharmonic
"This beautiful book appeals on so many levels...The charming
illustrations and brilliant musical recordings provide the perfect
sensory stimuli, while the text illuminates every question a child
might have about the experience in the most natural and satisfying
-Dorothy Lawson, artistic director, Ethel String Quartet