by National Geographic Kids
I really love how the information is organized in easy-to-read text boxes. Each chapter focuses on one era of music history, covering Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, Modern, and Post-Modern music.
This book has biographies and songs of music styles like Jazz, Pop, Big Band, Blues, Rock, Reggae, Heavy Metal, and a dozen more, featuring music stars, composers, singers, musicians, conductors, and influencers who created the music we know today.
There are suggestions of iconic song titles to look up and listen to, that give a good example of each type of sound, whether orchestral or rock band or cultural world music.
One of the things I really enjoyed were the factoids that described how music influenced other areas of history, from politics to painting to dance. It was wonderful to see how the history of other art forms developed alongside musical styles.
I appreciated that many different styles and cultures are included in this book, including African, Asian, South American, Arabian, and dozens of other rich cultures each with their uniquely beautiful music history.
I was slightly disappointed to see that most of the book deals with modern music, and only the first 60 pages are dedicated to classical music and the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. However, those 60 pages are packed full of wonderful history, paintings, biographies of famous composers, and amazing facts about the history of music.
I am so impressed with this colorful book! It gives the reader reliable facts about history and how music has evolved, and sparks the imagination. The joy of music is evident on every page!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts and are not influenced by anyone.