Yona: Discoveries, Doorways and Musical Superpower (Paperback)

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Yona: Discoveries, Doorways and Musical Superpower (Paperback)
By Joan Thomson Kretschmer

We meet Yona at age ten, an unwanted, scorned child, discovering her unique talents and beginning to exercise her special gift: the power of music. Multi Tasker is her dramatic, magic-wielding piano teacher with his Flights of Fancy, a flying piano. Her new friend Ulysses is a ten-year old boy who finds an abandoned, dilapidated trunk and its colorful, ebullient occupant, Gene E.

Tasker arranges for them to attend The John Brook Summer Music Festival, where they live and study in the historic mansion donated by Mrs. Goodnkind, a wealthy, benevolent role model. Daily lessons include trips and exciting adventures as well as Doorways to Understanding, a series of entryways to learning about creativity, life, nature, the arts, and values.

The tip of the iceberg of their unique curriculum includes music, art, talent, generosity, fear, positive thinking, leadership, science, the beauty and complexity of Mother Nature, the Moon, alleviating suffering, good and evil.

Dr. Joan Thomson Kretschmer, Artistic Director and founder of the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, attended Smith College, graduated from Barnard College, and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from Columbia University, where she was a Clarence Barker Fellow. A pianist and teacher, she has been a music critic for The New York Post and has written articles about music for The New York Times, Opera News, Stagebill, Keynote, The Greenwich Time, and other publications.

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Joshua Tree Publishing; First Edition (May 13, 2018)
  • Dimensions: 6” W x 0.66” D x 9” 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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