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Welcome to the Symphony


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Welcome to the symphony! An illustrated introduction to the world of the orchestra through Beethoven's Symphony No.5 - with nineteen sound buttons that allow children to hear how the different instruments sound, and what different musical concepts mean.

About the Author

Carolyn Sloan is a music educator at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, New York, and the author of Finding Your Voice: A Practical and Spiritual Approach to Singing and Living. A songwriter and musician, she has been writing music for theater, television, and children for the past 20 years. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

  • James Williamson is an illustrator, designer, and artist whose work has appeared in The New York Times and numerous children's books. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, New York.


"An ideal way to introduce children to the magic of music--delightful, charming, wonderfully entertaining, beautifully illustrated."
-Gerard Schwarz, music director, The All-Star Orchestra and music director laureate, Seattle Symphony

--Gerard Schwarz

"A delight for kids of any age! Educational, fun, a visual and aural treat, this book introduces children to the wonderful world of symphony music. With gorgeous illustrations, clear and straightforward descriptions of the instruments, and interactive buttons that play beautiful Beethoven, this will have your kids dragging you to the symphony! I simply adored it."
-Terry Kinney, director, actor, and co-founder of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
--Terry Kinney
"An introduction to one of the greatest of all classical works that quite wondrously includes not just words and pictures, but some of the music itself. And to think that the musicians playing the excerpts are young people as well, members of the New York Youth Symphony! What could be more inspiring?"-Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music
--Ted Libbey
"Lively, beautifully written...a charming way to educate the next generation of concert-goers."
-Orin O'Brien, double bassist, The New York Philharmonic

--Orin O'Brien

"This beautiful book appeals on so many levels...The charming illustrations and brilliant musical recordings provide the perfect sensory stimuli, while the text illuminates every question a child might have about the experience in the most natural and satisfying way."
-Dorothy Lawson, artistic director, Ethel String Quartet

--Dorothy Lawson

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