Real instruments make all the
difference. Sure, any kid can get sound from a tambourine or a plastic, bean-filled egg, but
real instruments offer children the ability to actually express themselves through music. Pick
up instruments of all sorts at thrift stores, garage sales and eBay, and don't forget to ask
friends and family. Then, invest in instrument stands so it's easy to play when the inspiration
What sort of tunes move your family?
Dive into music in all its forms - from blues to rock to classical to rap and to traditional and
popular forms from around the world!
Lark in the
Lark in the Morning claims to have “the world’s largest
selection of ethnic musical instruments,” and I have a hunch they’re right. From
European hurdy gurdies and Australian didgeridoos to African thumb pianos and Japanese flutes, there’s
something for almost every musical (and geographical!) interest. Some of the instruments are quite
affordable (such as the thumb piano), while others are investments (such as Castagnari’s
beautiful button accordions). A word of caution, however: be prepared to spend a lot of time on this
site! You can read our full review of Lark
in the Morning in issue 14 of Live Free Learn Free.
by Chris Raschka
A small book about Thelonious Monk. The text is written like musical notes, and
the illustrations are colorful and animated. A gem!
The Story of Music
by Nicholas Ingman
book was published in 1972, but may be worth searching out if a child has an interest in music
history. Lots of illustrations and photos. And, by the time you get to the chapter on pop music, you
can see a picture of The Moog Synthesiser, "one of the most advanced electronic instruments."
Little did they know....
"Musopoly turns learning music theory and reading into a creative, fun board game. Students
work together, not against each other, and everybody wins!"