Is the Guitar for You?

From the Series Ready to Make Music

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

The guitar is one of the coolest, most popular instruments around. Rockers Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen are legendary for their guitar-playing skills. The guitar is also a main instrument in country, blues, jazz, and classical music. But is the guitar the right instrument for you? Or would a different choice be better? Hear what professional guitarists like about their instrument, and learn what skills a good guitarist needs. Discover whether the guitar is your best choice for making music.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Social Studies
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Publication Date 2010-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.7
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
Dewey 787.87'19
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 650
ATOS Reading Level 4.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 138516
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Elaine Landau

Award-winning nonfiction children's book author Elaine Landau has written over 300 books for young readers. She worked as a newspaper reporter, a children's book editor, and a youth services librarian before becoming a full time author.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

Ready to Make Music

Ready to Make Music is an intermediate series that will help budding musicians select an instrument to play. Each book profiles a different instrument, from violin to guitar to the human voice. Peppered with pop-culture tidbits and quotations from musicians, the series… View available downloads →


The Horn Book Guide

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School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

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