A History of Music for Children


Thames & Hudson

A musical journey around the world to meet the composers, musicians and performers who are famous for making the music we love.

A History of Music for Children takes readers on a musical journey around the world to meet a diverse cast of composers, musicians and performers. From Bach to Billie Eilish, Mozart to Miriam Makeba, the music makers in this book are connected by a love of creating and performing music. Tackling big questions including What is music? and Why do we make it?, it looks beyond the Western canon and explores the many exciting ways that music is composed, improvised, listened to, recorded, and passed on from generation to generation.

Includes an online playlist organized by chapter that children can listen to as they read

About the Author

Mary Richards is a publisher, author and illustrator. She adapted and edited David Hockney’s bestselling. A History of Pictures for Children, and is the author of Splat!: The Most Exciting Artists of All Time, both published by Thames & Hudson. David Schweitzer is a composer and songwriter. He has written music for children’s TV shows including Charlie & Lola, The Cat in the Hat, Angry Birds and Miffy. He has also scored documentaries and drama, including the 2020 film, Emma. Together with Mary, he runs a children’s orchestra in London. Rose Blake is an award-winning artist and illustrator who has illustrated numerous books for children, including A History of Pictures for Children. 
Hardback Book

Product details

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Product size

27.9 x 21.6 cm 96 pages


Hard back non fiction book

Ideal for

Reading age 7+ years


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