For every genre of music, there's a seemingly infinite range of songs and compositions to go with it - and just about every song and composition is available in a songbook or recorded on a CD for your learning enjoyment. From music books geared toward young musicians to educational CD's that incorporate music into other school subjects like math and vocabulary, this impressive selection of general music collections has something for everyone. Whether you're an educator looking for an exciting way to teach students or a musician who wants to add another songbook to their collection, you'll find something to your liking in these pages.
So, which general music collection is best for you? That will depend on your own musical preferences. If you're a fan of traditional music, check out options like the Alfred Beautiful Music for Two String Instruments, Book I or the Hal Leonard Pentatonic Partners (A Collection of Songs and Activities). As its name suggests, the Music for Two String Instruments book encourages playing with a partner. This volume of duets for two violins helps budding performers develop an awareness of balance, musical phrasing and tone quality while having fun with another musician. The Pentatonic Partners is a creative collection of folksong arrangements for voice and piano. Featuring favorites like "Land of the Silver Birch" and "This Old Hammer," the songs in this collection are sure to be a hit at your next performance.
Now, if you like to play the chart-topping hits of today and days gone by, the Alfred Rockin' the Radio Book & Enhanced CD is an excellent choice for you. Rock out to songs like Katy Perry's "Roar," The Beatles' "She Loves You," and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" with these age-appropriate, skill-building arrangements for Orff and classroom percussion. It comes with an enhanced CD that includes full performance demonstrations of all ten songs, as well as printable/reproducible/projectable instrument parts, making it a great option for larger group practice sessions.
With so many songbooks and CDs to choose from, general music collections can satisfy the musical tastes of individual, band and orchestra musicians of any age or skill level. Learning, practicing and playing an instrument should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience and with any one of these music collections it will be all that and so much more!
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