Book Review: Twelve Magical Musical Masters

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You are in for a real treat today! I am excited to introduce you to an interactive book called, Twelve Magical Musical Masters. There is a limited number of books that are music themed and geared towards children. What makes this book unique is the audio recording buttons on the side. When a student reads the book they are literally transformed into a world of classical treasure! Students will learn about twelve different composers and get a taste of their compositions. After reading about the composer, they can press the colored note button that goes along with the composer and listen to the music that composer wrote!

This week in my studio I had this book sitting along with my other books and magazines by the waiting area. I had a pair of sisters here for lessons and one immediately noticed the book, picked it up and wanted to read. The other sister joined her and together they were enjoying the pictures, words and music! They instantly recognized many of the pieces and were really excited when they heard them. With one of the pieces they immediately got up and started dancing.



I was super impressed with the overall quality of the book. Beautiful pictures adorn each page, clean layout, and high quality recordings. You may be interested to know that many of the recordings are from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Matter of fact, Yaacov Mishori who is the writer and editor of Twelve Magical Musical Masters, has served as a principal French-Horn player with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for nearly 40 years.

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Because this book is interactive, it allows for creative uses in the studio. Here are a few ideas I have come up with and plan to do in my studio…

1) In a group format students can take turns and read about a composer and listening to their recording. Afterwards follow up with a game about what they have learned.

2) In a private lesson format, pick a composer to read about and listen to their recording. Learn a piece on the piano by that composer.

3) In a private or group format- Listen to one of the recordings and have students guess which composer it was. Then read about that composer.

4) In a lab setting, give the students a composer to read about, listen to the recording. Have them write their top 3 things they learned about the composer and what they liked about their music. Have them draw a picture representing the composer and/or the music.

The 12 composers you will find in Twelve Magical Musical Masters are: Vivaldi, JS Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Rossini, Strauss and Khachaturian.

Regardless if you are planning to use this with your private students or in a group format which focuses on composers, this is a perfect supplemental resource to include! Check out the promo video.

Twelve Magical Musical Masters is on sale right now. It includes free delivery and has a 90 day money back guarantee. This book is one that can be enjoyed over and over for many years to come not only in your studio but in your home.


Disclaimer:  I received this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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