The Joy of Classical Music: A Guide for You and Your Family

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Who’s Afraid of Classical Music?
 
For years Joan Kennedy, at home, on the campaign trail, and in concert, has shared her love of classical music with adults and children. Now she uses her experience as a teacher and musician to show how you and your family can make music an enriching part of your lives. In this easy-to-understand and reassuring guide, Joan Kennedy ...
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Overview

Who’s Afraid of Classical Music?
 
For years Joan Kennedy, at home, on the campaign trail, and in concert, has shared her love of classical music with adults and children. Now she uses her experience as a teacher and musician to show how you and your family can make music an enriching part of your lives. In this easy-to-understand and reassuring guide, Joan Kennedy explains:

• How to start listening to classical music and enjoying what you hear—with a minimum of effort and expense
 
• Creative, fun ways to bring music to your children—both at home and in school
 
• All you and your family will need to enjoy a musical performance: a brief history of classical music, a user-friendly guide to concert rituals, and advice on how to bring your children to concerts—choosing the performances they will enjoy and making sure they get the most out of the experience
 
Also: a glossary of musical terms • lists of the most popular classical pieces and Joan Kennedy’s personal favorites • a guide to further reading • sixteen pages of photographs • foreword by John Williams, former conducter of the Boston Pops and Academy Award–winning composer of the classic film scores for Star Wars, E.T., and Schindler’s List.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385412636
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st Main Street books ed
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

JOAN KENNEDY has been playing the piano since childhood; she has participated in benefit performances with orchestras around the country as both a pianist and a narrator. She also holds a master’s degree in education and has taught music to children. Counting many musicians among her friends, she frequently attends concert, opera, and ballet performances.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Author's Introduction
1 Growing Up with Music 1
2 College and Opera 15
3 Politics 26
4 Narrating and Music-Making in Washington 33
5 A Short History of Classical Music 59
6 Dance 81
7 Music at Home 95
8 Going to a Concert 113
9 Making Music: Lessons and Beyond 144
10 A Call to Action 164
11 Postscript 176
App.: I Glossary of Terms 183
App.: II My Favorite Pieces 186
App.: III Popular Classical Pieces 189
App.: IV Orchestra Seating Chart 201
App.: V Ticket Prices 202
App.: VI Useful Organizations 203
App.: VII Suggestions for Further Reading 204
Index 209
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