For the record
Solo Stars series By Jane Sebba and David Moses pound;7.99 each
AC Black www.acblack.com
The Recorder Magic series offers arrangements for the whole recorder family and piano. The books have 10 themes from the romantic and classical periods, and a Christmas carol book. The pack comprises book, CD with backing tracks and CD-Rom with voice parts. Solo Stars is another series offering the same themes adapted for young performers. It contains a book and CD with backing orchestral tracks.
Bob Dylan - Voice of a Generation By Jeremy Roberts Lerner pound;12.99
Lerner's series of biographies now includes Bob Dylan. It offers an account of his life supplemented with photographs. Other names in the series are Ella Fitzgerald and Leonard Bernstein.
Friendly Matches - a musical play By Vicky Ireland, music by Steve Markwick Dramatic Lines pound;14.99
Vicky Ireland's second musical play, on a football theme, is based on poems and characters created by Allan Ahlberg (15 poems from his latest collection) set to music. The two 40-minute acts can be played by a cast of seven `or more.
Who was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?
Gill Hornby Short Books pound;4.99
The latest addition to the acclaimed "Who Was..." series features the boy genius who, by the age of four, could play the clavier, the organ and the violin to perfection, and, by the age of seven, was touring Europe, giving concerts to kings and queens. Hornby tells Mozart's story with humour and insight, making it a fascinating story for children.
Crash Bang Wollop!
Series for percussion ensemble by Keith Bartlett United Music Publishers Pounds 14.50 each
This series now contains 18 easy percussion ensembles with piano accompaniment for the classroom, with new additions such as "Cossack Capers" and "Viva Mexico". No specialist knowledge is required, and each volume contains hints on how to get the best result out of every instrument. A CD is also included, giving smaller groups and individuals the opportunity to be part of a much larger ensemble.
Roald Dahl Musicals series Goldilocks and the Three Bears By Helen MacGregor and Stephen Chadwick, orchestrated by Kurt Schwertsik AC Black Pounds 24.99
Based on Dahl's Revolting Rhyme where Goldilocks (illustrated here) stands trial for stealing porridge, this musical is available as a CD and CD-Rom with backing tracks, lyrics, games and activities. Other titles in the series include Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Jack and the Beanstalk and Snow-white and the Seven Dwarves.
Sound Foundation: A music handbook for early years Croydon Music Service Pounds 25
This handbook offers inspiration and ideas for all practitioners working with foundation stage children. The book features a range of music activities, with some familiar and some specially written for the course and a CD with samples of some of the songs to help familiarise practitioners with the tunes. It also includes advice on how the activities can be used to monitor children's development and progression.