Music Is... (Hardcover)

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Music Is... (Hardcover)
By Stephen T. Johnson

Caldecott Honor winner and two-time New York Times Best Illustrator of the Year author and illustrator Stephen T. Johnson’s lyrical journey of sounds, styles, and rhythms culminate in this highly imaginative and beautifully orchestrated celebration of music.

Experience ten different types of music – classical, Latin, jazz, country, heavy metal, hip-hop, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, electronica, pop, and a surprise finale. Unfolding through an inventive accordion form is a masterful concert of playfully crafted singsong text in harmony with delightfully whimsical art. On the reverse side is a rich, in-depth glossary for each genre, sure to be a wonderful resource for all ages.

“Bright, colorful illustrations and short, catchy an accessible, knowledgeable format [that] is a solid success.” (School Library Journal)

“From classical to pop, an exploration of ten Western musical genres.... The child audience of readers, listeners, and players will find this a rich resource to explore.” (Kirkus Reviews)

  • Hardcover: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; Illustrated Edition (October 27, 2020)
  • Dimensions: 11” W x 0.8 D x 8” H


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Music Notes

Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.



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