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  • Craig Awmiller, Wynton Marsalis: Gifted Trumpet Player. New York: Childrens Press, 1996. A story of the life and career of Wynton Marsalis, an African American musician who plays both jazz and classical music. Also discusses his fondness for teaching children about music.
  • Robert T. Levine, The Story of the Orchestra: Listen While You Learn About the Instruments, the Music, and the Composers Who Wrote the Music. New York: Black Dog & Leventhal, 2001. The author, who calls himself “Orchestra Bob,” teaches readers about musical periods, famous composers, and various instruments.
  • Diane Lindsey Reeves, Career Ideas for Kids Who Like Music and Dance. New York: Checkmark Books, 2001. An informative book designed for young people who are interested in pursuing musical careers.
  • Harvey R. Snitkin, Practicing for Young Musicians: You Are Your Own Teacher. Niantic, CT: HMS, 1997. Includes techniques designed to help aspiring musicians get more benefits and enjoyment out of regular practice.
  • Leslie Strudwick, Musicians. New York: Crabtree, 1998. Describes the lives and achievements of six female musicians, including a composer, a classical guitarist, a violinist, and others.
  • Stephen Webber, Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ. Boston: Berklee Press, 1999. The story of turntablists and the changes they have made in the music industry. Includes photographs, exercises, and interviews with top DJs.


  • Music Education at DataDragon (http://datadragon. com/education). Includes easy instructions on how to read music, information about music history, and a message board for music-related questions.
  • Music Notes (http://library.thinkquest.org/15413). Information about music theory, history, styles, and careers. Also includes descriptions of musical instruments, as well as interactive games for music lovers.
  • New York Philharmonic Kidzone (www. nyphilkids.org/main.phtml). Site visitors can meet composers and members of the orchestra, learn about different instruments, learn how to invent their own instrument, read music news, and play games.
  • Pay the Piper (www.paythepiper.co.uk). A wonderful collection of music-related information for young people and parents. Describes a variety of instruments and includes advice about how to choose and buy them and about practicing, lessons, and other topics.

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