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It’s often said that music is a universal language. Communicating through music transcends cultures, barriers and borders. In a world filled with uncertainty, music may provide a shared voice - without relying on translators.

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Products for Ages 2- 4 Years

The Worst Band in the Universe
Ages: All Ages
Author: Graeme Base   Illustrator: Graeme Base  
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., $19.95 (Hard Cover)   

Author Graeme Base has created a universe where music separates the planets and gives them their distinct personalities. Base's rhyming verse is delicious fun, and there is the added bonus of a CD of intergalactic songs. This is a gift of cosmic proportions and hours of fun. $19.95

The Young Musician's Survival Guide
Ages: All Ages
Author: Amy Nathan  
Oxford University Press, $9.95 (Hard Cover)   

This lively, highly accessible book will help young people with some of the difficulties involved in learning a new instrument. It is filled with practical tips from more experienced teens and from well-known professional musicians. An extensive resource guide at the end of the book, complete with web address listings, both directs readers to sources of additional help and helps them in their exploration of the world of music. $9.95

Step & Play Piano Step & Play Piano
Ages: 0 - 3 yrs.
Fisher Price, Inc., $89.99

This musical toy grows with baby, from a 360 degree spinning seat that lets baby trigger music and lights with every step to a freestanding musical instrument your toddler can use to create songs note by note. $89.99

Jumbo Music Block Jumbo Music Block
Ages: 1 - 4 yrs.
Neurosmith, $59.99

Each side of this 14-inch velour cube presents a different combination of color, shape, music and related activities. Toe-tapping tunes entertain children while reinforcing important skills. $59.99

Sesame Sings Karaoke
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Sony Wonder, $12.98 (DVD)   

Any child who likes to "sing out loud, sing out strong," as well as those who sing a little softer, will enjoy singing along with the Sesame Street characters and special guest performers including Gloria Estefan, Destiny's Child and Ben Stiller. $12.98

Lolli-Pops Concerts: The Orchestra - A Happy Family Lolli-Pops Concerts: The Orchestra - A Happy Family
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Mister Maestro, Ltd., $25.00 (DVD)   

This live recording of a Lolli-Pop Concert is an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra, made appealing to the young ones at home and in the concert hall by a genial conductor who looks as if he just stepped out of a band box, ably assisted by four costumed characters who prance with props: Toot the Bird (charmed by the woodwinds), Buzz the Bumble Bee (enamored of the brass), Bang the Lion (enthralled with the percussion section), and Bow the Panda (yes, you guessed it, a devotee of the strings). $25.00 (DVD)

Horace Hopper's Musical Adventures
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Greenwood Studio, $39.99

Budding Beethovens can build a solid foundation of musical skills with this set of CDs and activities. $39.99

Bob McGrath Rhythm Band Set Bob McGrath Rhythm Band Set
Ages: 3 - 8 yrs.
Rhythm Band Instruments Inc., $34.95

A full complement of easy-to-play instruments, selected by Bob from Sesame Street, plus a play-along CD will inspire young kids to make beautiful music. $34.95

The Story of the Incredible Orchestra
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Bruce Koscielniak  
Houghton Mifflin Co., $15.00 (Hard Cover)   

This labor of love by an artist/musician will tell interested children all about the development of musical instruments from 1600 to the present. $15.00

What Charlie Heard
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
By: Mordicai Gerstein  
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $17.00 (Hard Cover)   

Adults are not too old-- and four is not too young-- for author-illustrator Mordicai Gerstein's exuberant and profoundly moving picture book tribute to groundbreaking composer Charles Ives. $17.00

Mozart's Magic Flute the Music Game Mozart's Magic Flute the Music Game
Ages: 4 & Up
Music Games International, $19.95

As its predecessor, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker the Music Game, the animation in this charming program of Mozart's Magic Flute is simple and quietly enchanting. Matching two sounds and recognizing which instruments are creating those sounds may appear basic in concept, but the musical jigsaw puzzle style is anything but. The exceptional sound quality is a bonus that puts game players in the orchestra seats. $19.95

Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker the Music Game
Ages: 4 & Up
Music Games International, $19.95

A delightfully different program, it not only introduces youngsters to orchestrated classical music but lets them explore the famous holiday ballet's depths and play with its parts. Through a series of nine games, kids learn how composers put together a composition, how each instrument in an orchestra teams with other instruments to create a masterpiece, and how individual instruments sound. $19.95

The World's Very Best Opera For Kids...In English! The World's Very Best Opera For Kids...In English!
Ages: 4 & Up
The Children's Group, $15.99 (CD)   

If you're searching for a way to introduce your children to the wonders of classical music-more specifically, some of the most beautiful and best-loved vocal music every written, this CD is a must-have. The singing is in English and the arias are in turn funny, romantic, playful, and thrilling. $15.99 (CD)

Products for Ages 5- 8 Years

Let's Start! Making Music Let's Start! Making Music
Ages: 5 - 9 yrs.
Advantage Publisher's Group/Silver Dolphin Books, $12.95

Readers can create imaginative musical instruments with the included materials and common household items. $12.95

Mozart's Magnificent Voyage
Ages: 5 - 12 yrs.
Performed By: Various Artists  
The Children's Group, $15.97 (CD)    $8.98 (Cassette)

This beautifully written and performed recording tells the story of the young Mozart, his father, his family and his music. $8.98

Beethoven Lives Upstairs
Ages: 5 & Up
The Children's Group, $19.99 (DVD)   

This lovely tale based in fact and embroidered with fancy, is the story of Ludwig van Beethoven's stay as a boarder in the home of a recently widowed woman and her young son Christoph. Told from the ten-year-old's point of view, Beethoven is at first "the madman who lives upstairs," but later becomes a beloved friend, as the boy grows to understand the composer's genius, the torment of his deafness, and the astonishing beauty of his music. $19.99

Mozart's Magic Flute Story
Ages: 5 & Up
V.I.E.W. Video, $24.98 (DVD)   

This DVD of Mozart’s final and perhaps most enigmatic opera is an edited, highlights presentation of a sumptuous, fully staged production of Die Zauberflöte, or The Magic Flute. Children will come away with an appreciation for the glorious music that Mozart wrote and the overarching tale of good versus evil. $24.98 (DVD)

When Marian Sang
Ages: 6 - 10 yrs.
Author: Brian Selznick  
Scholastic Inc., $16.95 (Paperback)

This handsome oversize book tells admirably the life-story of the celebrated black singer Marian Anderson (1897-1993). Author Ryan manages to cover the highlights of Anderson's long career in a spare and sober text that never lapses into kiddy talk but treats the book's heroine and its audience - children - with the respect they deserve. $16.95

Handel: Who Knew What He Liked
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Artist: Kevin Hawkes   Author: M.T. Anderson  
Candlewick Press, $16.99 (Hard Cover)   

With a tongue-in-cheek irreverence that is rarely associated with Baroque music and the monumental works of George Frideric Handel in particular, this charming picture book tells the story of the life of one of the greatest composers of all time. This is Handel-lite, but Handel-right. $16.99

Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory, Version 2.0- Complete Student Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory, Version 2.0- Complete Student
Ages: 8 & Up
Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., $59.95

Using narration and animated examples helps students of any age build a solid understanding of music theory. This software will best serve students who wish to learn the basics of music theory on their own (or who need extra practice on topics they are studying in a class). $59.95

Bravo! Brava! A Night at the Opera
Ages: 8 & Up
Author: Anne Siberell   Illustrator: Anne Siberell  
Oxford University Press, $19.95 (Hard Cover)   

Author and illustrator Anne Siberell brings the behind-the-scenes world of the opera to vivid life in this information-packed, charmingly illustrated exploration of the team of directors, orchestral players, designers, stagehands, make-up artists, wig masters, dressers, and countless others who bring this particular brand of magic to the stage. $19.95

Bravo! Brava! A Night at the Opera

Jumbo Book of Music Jumbo Book of Music
Ages: 8 & Up
Kids Can Press, $14.95 (Paperback)

Learn how to make musical instruments and find suggestions for tunes in this creative activity book. $14.95

Music Ace 2 Music Ace 2
Ages: 8 & Up
Harmonic Vision Inc., $49.95

This is the Pavoratti of music software, combining 24 engaging, self-paced lessons in musical theory and practice with related games of note. $49.95

Products for All Ages

The Young Person's Guide to the Opera
Ages: 8 & Up
By: Anita Ganeri   By: Nicola Barber  
Harcourt Children's Books, $25.00 (Hard Cover)   

This beautifully photographed and illustrated guide presents a the past and present story of opera - it's history, it's evolution, and the stories behind some of the most well-known operas of our times. And to aid in the digestion of this material, a CD accompanies the book, which showcases many of the world's most beloved operatic arias and melodies. $25.00

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