London, UK, 20 September 2021 – Europe’s leading music publisher Hal Leonard Europe (HLE) has teamed up with TV star and musician YolanDa Brown to inspire a new generation of children into the wonderful world of music.
The ABCs of Music: My First Music Book, written by YolanDa Brown and published by Hal Leonard, aims to provide an accessible, fun and informed introduction to music to children aged 6–11. Through a process of discovery, listening, fact-finding, composition and playing, children will be guided on a musical journey inspired by YolanDa’s infectious joy and enthusiasm. Beautifully designed, The ABCs of Music allows children to explore their thoughts and feelings about music through creative exercises and playlists, introducing them to instruments and genres as well as the basics of music literacy. Featuring exclusive educational songs by YolanDa Brown and the opportunity to perform alongside her band, The ABCs of Music is the perfect book for parents, carers and schools looking to facilitate those first steps into music.
“I am extremely proud to have written a book that provides children with an introduction to music and the magic that comes with it. Every child should have access to music, the sounds, genres, instruments and all its wonderful benefits. I would like this book to play a part in introducing a musical world full of joyous learning and discovery to many generations of children.”YolanDa Brown, Author
“We are thrilled to be working with YolanDa Brown and to publish The ABCs of Music. Hal Leonard Europe’s vision is for life-long music making for everyone, and YolanDa has created a fantastic book to help start children on their musical journey. The ABCs of Music introduces the rudiments of notation via fun activities and vibrant, inclusive playlists featuring a diverse range of musical styles from Afrobeats to Musical Theatre – a brilliant way to inspire young music makers!”Tom Farncombe, Business Development Director, Hal Leonard Europe
About YolanDa Brown
YolanDa Brown is an award-winning musician, broadcaster, author and philanthropist. She is known for her delicious fusion of reggae, jazz and soul. She has toured with The Temptations, Jools Holland, Billy Ocean and currently composing music for the iconic “Sesame Street.” A broadcaster too, YolanDa is working across TV and Radio and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of East London in 2011.
A champion for the importance of music education, YolanDa is Chair of Youth Music and has sat on panels for PRS Foundation, The IVORs and delivered keynotes for Music Mark, ABRSM and music hubs across the country. YolanDa was recently invited by the government to sit on an advisory board for the National Plan for Music Education.