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My First Classical Music Book is a delightfully colorful introduction to classical music, designed to fire the imagination of children aged 5-7 years. Readers are asked to think about the different places in which we might hear music. Then, each of the major composers and musical instrument families are introduced and brought to life in a vivid and enchanting way. Throughout the book, children are referred to the accompanying audio CD so that they can hear examples as they read. This is the most exceptional book of its kind, providing an absorbing experience for both eyes and ears.

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My First Classical Music Book

by Genevieve Helsby, Illustrated by Jason Chapman

“An exuberant and fascinating introduction to instruments, melodies and composers alike – Handel, Brahms, Stravinsky, John Adams are all included – and comes with a CD, the carefully chosen tracks dovetailing nicely with the text.” – The Daily Telegraph

“This Naxos series, very educational for hearing and sensitivity, is excellent.” – Ritmo Magazine



68 Pages

Full-Color Illustrations

CD Included

Music also available online

After gaining a distinction in piano performance at Durham university, Genevieve Helsby graduated with an MA in music and went on to work at Chandos Records and Oxford University Press before joining Naxos as an editorial manager. Her passion for conveying the fun and vitality of classical music to children has led to a number of bestselling books and apps, most notably Meet the Instruments of the Orchestra!, My First Classical Music Book and My First Orchestra Book. She has also presented children’s concerts promoting some of these titles, and narrated her own rhyming verses for Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals in concert with the Sinfonia of Cambridge. She remains in charge of educational resources for Naxos and is currently looking after the creation of a brand new music website for children.

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