John Crossingham is a member of the band, Broken Social Scene, and he starts out his book with three fundamentals every kid should know:
- Music isn't complex
- Music is whatever you want it to be
- You already know how to make music
I like how each chapter includes a playlist of songs that illustrate what the chapter is talking about. You can use the playlists to do a quick search on YouTube or Lala and listen to songs by Fiest, Arcade Fire, Beethoven, John Coltrane to learn more about the songwriting and performing tips outlined in the book.
I like that there's a ton of great information in Learn to Speak Music but I love that John Crossingham always keeps the most important rule front and center: PLAY BECAUSE YOU LOVE IT.