by Tamsyn

February 29, 2016

music storytime books

Zin, Zin, Zin a Violin!
I know a Shy Fellow who Swallowed a Cello and
M is for Melody

Having a music storytime is a great way to shake things up in the classroom and learn more about musical instruments, terms, and practices.  It can also be very entertaining!  We love story books at our house and we want to share that love by doing a giveaway of three of our favorite music storybooks. (one winner)

children's ballet

Zin, Zin, Zin, a Violin!

This book is a fun musical variation on the common counting books made for children.  First we meet one trombonist playing a solo, then a trumpet player joins him making a duo, and so on until we have a nonet of nine players, a chamber group of ten, and finally the whole orchestra.

The poetry is fun and the illustrations are delightful.  My children especially love the harpist flying through the wings with her instrument hanging from a rope, as well as the animals that stay behind at night to guard the theater.

I know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello

I don't know why he swallowed a cello.  Perhaps he'll bellow.

This silly book is not included as much for its educational aspects (unless the children don't know what a harp or cello are), but for the sheer entertainment aspect of this book.  Naturally the children will enjoy this parody more if they are familiar with "There was an old woman who swallowed a fly."

Why on earth would someone so shy go around and sneakily eat musician's large instruments?  It's just silly, and that is what makes this book so delightful.  The poetry is clever as well.  For example- "I know a shy fellow who swallowed a flute.  That was a hoot, to swallow a flute.  He swallowed the flute to jam with the cymbal..."

M is for Melody- A Music Alphabet

Of the three, this final book is my favorite.  Our family has a small collection of specialized alphabet books, from construction vehicles, beetles, and dinosaurs.  This one is especially great.  Not only do we have an engaging, poetry based story-book with beautiful illustrations, but there are also additional fun-facts about each letter's item on the side underneath the letters- something especially great for older readers when they read the book on their own.  At the end of the book is an optional 10-question quiz to see how well they remember what was read.

The picture above features "M if for Melody" and "M is for Meter", as well as "N is for Note".  You can see how the child is examining a giant staff, the giant melody the girl is hearing, and a 4/4 meter.  The page reads in part, "The letter M is Melody, a tune is what we hear/ when music notes are played in line and flow into our ear."

I is for "Instrument" features a little girl trying to figure out which instrument she would like to play.  The side bar talks about how a musical instrument is anything that can be used to make music.  They can be large or small, fancy or homemade.  Instruments also come in families, including the brass family, the woodwinds, the strings and percussion.

Whenever I pick up an alphabet book, I wonder what they'll do for "X", but this book had a natural choice- "X" is for "Xylophone".  However I was delightfully surprised to see that "Z" is for "Zither", and the illustration shows both the formal, classical instrument and a homemade cardboard box with rubber-bands played in similar fashion.  "W" is for "Woodwinds", and the most common ones are beautifully illustrated and labeled.  But what did the author choose for "Q"?  You'll have to read the book to find out!

Learn more about the books the winner will receive on Amazon

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About the author 


My name is Tamsyn and I love music. I got my bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from USU. I spent many years teaching private piano lessons until I had children of my own. I have attended several children workshops on how to teach children music. I really like the Kodaly method, but have adapted a lot of different techniques for my own children.

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  1. Hand bells, any percussion instruments — kids love hands on music activities! Another great idea is a set of portraits of classical composers or any materials about composers — we like anything that can be used for music appreciation!

  2. Kids musical toys! My kids love making music, dancing, singing. I love seeing how creative they are with it all!

  3. I would love see a giveaway for a musical instrument or books of songs for different instruments. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  4. Book giveaways are fabulous. I’d also like to see a giveaway of some simple children’s musical instruments.

  5. Im new here. I love giveaways for kids books, body wash, adult color books and just about everything else. These look like cute books. Thank you for the chance 🙂

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