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Tipbook Music for Kids and Teens: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.

* Tipbook Music for Kids and Teens: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers, by Hugo Pinksterboer. The Lorenz Corp. (P.O. Box 802, Dayton, OH 45401), 2006. 204pp. $11.95.

Hugo Pinksterboer sees music, practice and performance as a journey that "leads to who knows where." By the end of the first page, I felt an educational ally whose message is clear: All children should love music. His most recent Tipbook is the 15th volume of the Tipbook Series, which is outlined to help parents guide, encourage and cheerlead their young musicians. Easy to grab and effortless to use, this map-shaped book has short, organized chapters and concise paragraphs. Bold, fun titles like "Make Them Wait," "Off Days," "Sitting In" and "Lips" told me I held no ordinary Music for Dummies paperback.

Pinksterboer covers the basics of borrowing and renting instruments, finding quality instructors and practice habits with the collective wisdom of teachers, parents and musicians. He then travels to gray areas not commonly braved in similar publications: music and dyslexia, the effect of braces on wood wind players, even the best lips for playing trumpet! His personal, conversational style feels like a comfortable chit-chat with helpful friends as he lists reasons children should attend group lessons, play in an ensemble or start their own garage band.

Progressive insights encourage parents to consider the computer a musical instrument for new generation musicians, and concedes that sometimes after preparing for a performance, there is a time a student just has to "Deal With It" in the face of nervous jitters.

Most impressive is Pinksterboer's music teacher advocacy. The opening chapters help parents understand nonmusical benefits of playing an instrument, including social skills, teamwork, communications and relaxation. Brief descriptions of learning styles and an invitation for parents to pick up their own instrument and learn alongside their children made me an instant fan.

Just when I thought there wasn't a resource uncovered by this book, I ran into "Want To Know More?" (could there possibly be more?!), a list of books, organizations, websites, exam boards and teacher finders included between the "Glossary" and "Index" at the end of the book. In addition, the Tipbook Series provides a website offering short videos, sound files and automatic links.

At every turn, the new Tipbook is a treasure! Reviewed by Serena Mackey, Eagle, Idaho

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Author:Mackey, Serena
Publication:American Music Teacher
Article Type:Book review
Date:Oct 1, 2006
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