Learn to Speak Music


My name is CJ Moss, and I was really excited when Picture Book Depot gave me a copy of Learn to Speak Music by John Crossingham. I’m a member of a singing group called The Hunter/Moss Group, and I play the piano and the tenor sax. I felt this book would help me learn different aspects of music because it covers everything from choosing an instrument to writing a song and performing an entire show.

Me singing Give Love at Christmas (Michael Jackson Version)

This book gives excellent advice on many things, like how to start a band, creating music, picking a name for your band and even marketing yourself.

For me, writing songs is a bit of a challenge, but reading this book has helped me feel more confident in expressing myself through music and songwriting. Also, I sometimes feel butterflies or knots in my stomach before a show, and sometimes I feel nervous about whether I’ll remember how to play all the music correctly. But this book taught me how to do stretching exercises to calm my nerves before a performance – and the exercises worked! They’ve helped me feel more free, like I can do more things.

Some other helpful tips include how to get along with other band members if you have a disagreement. These tips actually work, and I’m glad, because I believe this is a very important aspect to consider. Some great bands have been split up due to such disagreements.

For me, this book was hard to read in some spots, and hard to understand in others, but everything made sense in the end. The illustrations helped a lot; when I wasn’t sure what certain paragraphs meant, the illustrations helped me understand.

Me with The Hunter/Moss Group. I'm on the far left.

I recommend this book to anyone wanting to start a musical career or simply wanting to pick out an instrument of interest. I have learned a tremendous amount of vital information from reading this book.

I give this book a 5-star rating.

I hope this review helps you decide whether this book will help you, too.

Until next time,


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