Learn to Speak Music
A Guide to Creating, Performing, and Promoting Your Songs
Written by John Crossingham
Illustrated by Jeff Kulak
Wanna make some noise of your own? Here’s your all-access pass!
For something so familiar, music remains mysterious to many of us, to the point where our favorite musicians are more like magicians than everyday people. But the truth is, the world of music-making is closer to all of us than ever before. Computers come with recording programs. Internet pages like MySpace allow for immediate circulation of your own songs. Sometimes all that separates us from realizing the potential of our own musical creativity is a little extra know-how.
Learn to Speak Music helps kids learn the simplicity of this universal language by exposing every nook and cranny of how music is made—whether by the pros or by you! And it’s about more than just picking up an instrument. From songwriting and artwork to shooting a video and setting up a practice space, every aspect of the world of popular music is explored.
A long-time musician himself, writer John Crossingham uses his experience as a member of Juno award-winning collective Broken Social Scene to open doors normally closed. A vet of several world tours and many albums recorded both at home and in pro studios, he’s also brought along the expert opinions of a cavalcade of other musicians including Feist, Buck 65, Metric’s Emily Haines, and many more.
Features include tips on buying your first instrument, getting the most out of your playing, setting up your own gig, hints for better songwriting, secrets of home recording, a guide to making your own video with MTVA-nominated director Christopher Mills, and much more! Whether for a seasoned young musician or merely the curious pop culture vulture, Learn to Speak Music is a chance for kids to see the world of music as never before.
9.75” x 9”
full-color illustrations throughout
Ages 9 to 13
About the Author
John Crossingham has spent most of his life playing music and writing words. A veteran of numerous bands, including Broken Social Scene and Raising The Fawn, he toured much of the world; played on Conan, Letterman, and the Junos; and has released several albums and EPs. He has also written and edited dozens of children's books, as well as written about music for FASHION and Chart magazines. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Lesa, and his daughter, Isla.
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