Wendy Stevens has a new book published by Willis Music Company and she shared a copy with me. Tasty Tunes is an early to mid-elementary book with 10 original pieces all about food. I know from personal experience that food is definitely one of the top topics for elementary age children. They love to talk about food and make jokes about different food combinations. So why not a music book all about food?
The idea is cute and the cover is a beautiful color picture of French fries, but what about the music? Well, the music is very nice. There are appealing lyrics to most of the pieces. Children are going to enjoy reading the lyrics and talking about them. Lyrics are a great starting point for playing with style and artistry. Also, at this level lyrics are used as a tool to learn the rhythm of a piece.
Some of the titles are Macaroni Pizza, Rock ‘n’Roll Rotini, A Pickle Sandwich, French Fries, Ice Cream, and 6 more. Wendy has several children, so I know she was was writing to appeal to them!
Each piece has a different musical style, from folk, to tango, and a rock/boogie sound. Many of the pieces have clever rhythmic ideas that make the melodies fun to play. As the book progresses, the music increases in difficulty, making the book work right along with a method book. I like the fact that several hand positions are included. Use this book with a student in the 2nd book (elementary, often called Book 1) of most method books, after the primer level. The music contains accidentals, all the notes on the grand staff, and no eighth notes.
Wendy has made a clever video to showcase the book. It’s here: http://youtu.be/
The thing about Wendy’s music is that it is always imaginative. It is hard to compose music appealing to students within the bounds their abilities, yet musically interesting. Wendy was able to accomplish this in Tasty Tunes. I think your elementary students will enjoy this book!
Tasty Tunes (6.99) is published by Willis Music and is available from your favorite music store.
You can visit Tasty Tunes on Wendy’s site to read more and see other places to buy this book.
[Disclosure: Wendy sent me a copy to preview. I am never compensated for my reviews, and the opinions are my own. I only review material I use with my own students.]