"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature can not do without." ~Confucius

Monday, February 6, 2012

Books about Instruments

So, K still loves drums. Although, truth be told... even though we had a lot of grand plans about doing Suzuki violin, we haven't gotten the ball rolling on that yet... Someday not too far away, I hope...
But, he is very interested in the various instruments, as are most kids. So, it's great to talk about the pitch and timbre qualities of each instrument, show them in pictures, and mention which one you are hearing as you listen to them played in various locations/recordings.

So, I thought I'd share some of our favorite instrument books:

"Our Marching Band" by Lloyd Moss
This one has been their favorite for a while... probably because included is a large drum, a soccer ball and net, and a parade. They love seeing all the instruments too and it is told in an attractive rhyming scheme as the students move from a not-so-lovely sound when they begin to being asked to play in the town's parade. My boys love pointing out each one and naming as many as they can. 

 "Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin" also by Lloyd Moss
This one is no obscure book; it's well known. We love it because it is so colorful, descriptive and energetic! The rhyming text is fun and informative while the pictures are a mix of silliness and loveliness. My only complaint.... the character he chose for the oboe. Come on. Maybe Mr. Moss doesn't like the oboe (or the bassoon for that matter...). Sigh.... I should be used to it by now.... the "pretty" instruments get all the attention. I digress.... But, all personal fetishes aside, we love this book!

"Meet the Orchestra" by Ann Hayes
This is a creatively done book with an animal character playing each instrument of the orchestra. Very descriptive illustrations and informative text. Great info. for some early instrument identification. 

Hope you can get some use out of these as we have! 
I'm always on the lookout for more music book gems, of course, so hopefully we'll have more book suggestions as we go! 

And... here is K showing baby M his favorite instrument.... Yep, the drum. :-) 


  1. I put together a similar list last week, but none of our books overlap. I will have to look out for these ones at our library.

  2. Thank you so much for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I love how you tied these wonderful books to learning music concepts.

    I am going to feature his post on the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page tonight.

  3. Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing!