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Playing with the Classics Song and Activity Classroom Resource Book Released by Alfred Music Publishing

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Thursday, November 17, 2011
Alfred Music Publishing, the world leader in educational print music publishing since 1922, releases Playing with the Classics, a classroom-tested music masterworks Book and CD with musical activities for preschool children, by author and Professor of Music Education, Peggy D. Bennett.

Fully reproducible and with easy-to-follow instructions, the charming and playful lessons in Playing with the Classics give children a chance to sing, move, and act while they learn about the music of the great composers. Author Peggy D. Bennett presents her ideas for movement, stories, and listening activities designed to delight children with selections from Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Bizet's Carmen, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, Haydn's Surprise Symphony, and many more. Detailed biographies of each composer and descriptions of their music are paired to each track on the CD, to help give students a well-rounded idea of what they are listening to.

An invaluable source for experienced music teachers and novices alike, Playing with the Classics was developed to make great music masterworks a part of students’ beloved repertoire of music, capturing their interest in orchestral music for a lifetime. An overview of the book, teaching tips, and FAQs are included as a resource to make lesson-planning effortless.

As part of Alfred’s ongoing commitment to improving the environment, this songbook is printed on 100% recycled paper stock.

Playing with the Classics Book & CD (00-37605) is now available for $26.99 at music retail stores and at

Titles: An American in Paris * Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks * Flight of the Bumblebee * In the Hall of the Mountain King * The Moldau * The Sorcerer’s Apprentice * Surprise Symphony * Symphony No. 5 * Toreador’s Song * Trepak * William Tell Overture