The Science of Song: How and Why We Make Music

Kids Can. Sept. 2021. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781771387873.
Gr 3-7–This work answers the questions: What is music? How is it made? And how has it changed over time? In this illustrated book, the authors explore the history and science behind these questions. Starting with how sound works and what music is, this volume describes the first instruments, how we listen to music, and music’s ties to emotions. With short, manageable chapters, this book highlights specific people and inventions that were instrumental in the science behind music, including the phonograph, cassette tapes, and MP3 players, as well as inventions that did not quite make it, like the 8-track. In addition, the graphic illustrations by Wiens and the short multi-genre playlists for each topic/chapter add to the usability and high interest of the book. Covering music up to the COVID pandemic, this contemporary, relevant book is geared toward young people with a beginning interest in music. It has strong links to science, history, and music and can be used across subject areas and curriculum topics. Time line, glossary, resources, and index will help with research projects and further reading.
VERDICT A strong and well-curated text sure to engage young people on multiple levels of music history and science.

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