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Beethoven for Kids
Beethoven for Kids

Beethoven for Kids

His Life and Music with 21 Activities

9 and UpFourth grade and Up

For Kids series


144 Pages, 11 x 8 1/2

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $18.99 (US $18.99) (CA $25.99)

Publication Date: October 2011

ISBN 9781569767115

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2011)


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Ludwig van Beethoven was a great innovator who expanded the limits ofclassical music to write some of the biggest, boldest, most complex and revolutionary compositions of all time. This fascinating man and his works are brought vividly to life and made relevant to today in Beethoven for Kids. Young readers will be intrigued by Beethoven’s hardscrabble childhood and turbulent family life, his early gift and passion for music, and his famously fiery personality. In addition, they’ll learn about the great musicians and thinkers and historical events and movements of Beethoven’s time and how they affected the composer’s life and music. Kids will be inspired to learn how Beethoven championed equality and freedom throughout his life, rejected the strict societal divisions and norms of the day, and never gave up on his work despite increasing hearing loss. Budding musicians will also come away with a thorough understanding of complex music concepts such as counterpoint, ornamentation, improvisation, and motifs. Twenty-one engaging, hands-on activities illuminate the times in which Beethoven lived or reinforce music concepts introduced.


"A good choice for young musicians . . . a well-written text."  —School Library Journal

"This will be particularly useful for parents and classroom teachers hoping to make the study of great music more interesting."  —Kirkus Reviews 

"A great introduction to classical piano music."  —Curriculum Review

"A far-ranging book that explains musical terms as well as the times in which the composer lived, this is one way to put a face to classical music and show a young person that real, interesting people not only composed this music but also enjoyed playing and listening to it."  —BookLoons

"The great composer, the music and the history all come alive! With historic illustrations, diagrams and cool activities (like dancing the Viennese waltz!), the book is full of fab information and makes a great coffee table book. It's a fantastic way to get your kids into classical music, or for those who are taking music lessons."  —Celebrity Parent

Author Biography

Helen Bauer is the author of Young People’s Guide to Classical Music. A classically trained musician and former piano, music theory, and reading teacher, she worked with Leonard Bernstein on his nationally televised Young People’s Concerts and performed at Carnegie Hall and elsewhere.