The School of Music by Meurig Bowen, Rachel Bowen

The School of Music

Written by Meurig Bowen, Rachel Bowen
Illustrated by Daniel Frost
Part of the The School of Series

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This excellent book is an inspiring and all-encompassing guide to the world of music for young people. By inviting them to imagine they are attending a music course over an academic year the authors make it particularly involving for young people and the different ‘lessons’ cover everything from the different kinds of music and musical instruments there are, to the elements of musical language, and how to make music yourself. The tone is engaging and conversational throughout and the book is extremely well-designed, colourful illustrations by Daniel Frost adding to the overall appeal. Readers can listen online to recordings my top musicians too thanks to a QR code. Bravo! ~ Andrea Reece

Companion title to the School of Art.


The School of Music by Meurig Bowen, Rachel Bowen

Welcome to the School of Music, a place bursting with talent, creative energy and special encounters. It is a place of nuts-and-bolts learning - getting the basics for beginners right - as much as a place where musical imagination runs riot and where everyone has triple-fun with the sound of music. Making it...Listening to it...Writing it.

Meet The Boss! He's called Sergio Trunk. Some people call him The Maestro, and he, along with his team of talented musicians, will lead you through 40 lessons that help you to learn about classical music, the theory behind music, and the fun you can have making it.

Written by experts and vividly illustrated throughout, the School of Music's six professors include the percussionist Roxy Mojo, star singer Diva Venus and composer-guitarist Ronny 'Beethoven' O'Reilly. The School of Music introduces children to many different genres of music, from across the centuries and from around
the world: from Gregorian to Gamelan, and from Tango to Techno.


'Much-needed and entirely original...brilliant' * BBC Music magazine * 'Whether you're into Gregorian chanting or grime, this a fun, colourful and informative book' * The Week Junior * 'A brilliantly comprehensive book about all aspects of music, from instruments and musical styles to music theory, how composers work and how performers combat nerves. The book is structured into three terms but it's one children will dip in and out of for years.'--The Huffington Post * The Huffington Post * 'As a lifelong music lover who has never taken an instrument grade exam, I found the beginner's notation lessons excellent.'--The Times * The Times *'

About the Author

Meurig Bowen studied music at King's College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar. His wide ranging professional experience has included spells in management for performers such as The Hilliard Ensemble and the Australian Chamber Orchestra as well as major roles at festivals including Lichfield and Aldeburgh. Since 2007 Meurig has been the Director of Cheltenham Music Festival. Throughout his career Meurig has written extensively about music and musicians for publications and other media such as The Guardian and BBC Radio 3. In 2014, he was Head of Jury for BBC Young Musician and a semi-finals jury member in the 2016 competition. Follow Meurig Bowen on Twitter.

After a decade-long stint working for Nimbus Records in South Wales, Rachel Bowen is now established as an admired director of youth and community choirs in Gloucestershire. Alongside class and singing teaching at Dean Close School in Cheltenham, she conducts eight choirs on a regular basis, including three separate groupings at Cheltenham Youth Choirs and an adult choir Mid-Life Choir-Sis. They have performed a wide range of repertoire in venues such as Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucester Cathedral and, to a crowd of 25,000 at an Olympic Torch Ceremony event in 2012, Cheltenham Racecourse. Follow Rachel Bowen on Twitter.

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96 pages


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Publication date

6th April 2017




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