Alphabone isn’t your average alphabet book. With this book, children can learn their letters alongside creative characters who have a passion for all things music. The radiant illustrations will make reading time pleasurable as your child is introduced to letters and instruments. The use of clever alliteration will help them begin to distinguish initial sounds in words, which promotes vocabulary and language development. The inclusion of a “Glossary of Musical Terms and Instruments”, complete with hand-illustrated instruments, will expand their general knowledge of musical instruments. Alphabone Orchestra is not only a colorful, fanciful introduction to the alphabet and visual arts, consider it as your child’s first music lesson!
With the structure of a traditional alphabet book, Alphabone Orchestra provides an engaging platform to help familiarize toddlers with letters, colors, and sounds. The book teaches the alphabet in the context of creative, colorful and unique instruments illustrated with children’s interests in mind. Children will learn to recognize letters and their shapes and build phonological awareness as they distinguish between initial sounds in words through rhyming and alliteration.
Not only will children continue to grow in their alphabet, vocabulary, language and reading skills, they will also begin to learn musical terms and instruments. Alphabone Orchestra introduces a wide array of musical facts to its readers, helping to boost their familiarity with the world of music. The inclusion of a “Glossary of Musical Terms and Instruments”, complete with hand-illustrated instruments, will expand their general knowledge of music.
Alphabone Orchestra is not only for children. Adults can also learn about the various benefits of music through a series of “Grace Notes” offered throughout. These items highlight music’s power and potential to positively impact issues and outcomes relating to education, community building and personal and public health. Alphabone Orchestra is not only fun and educational for children, but also interesting and informative for the adults who read it to them.
Bring Dr. Gerdy to your school, professional group or community.
John is available for speaking engagements and workshops. He has a unique blend of experience and accomplishments in athletics, music and the visual arts.
He can speak with authority on subjects such as:
The Arts as an Educational and Community Investment
The Role of Sports in Our Schools and Society
Blues for Teambuilding and Development
For more information regarding the types of presentations he makes, please visit his personal website at JohnGerdy.com or contact him at John@AlphaboneOrchestra.com.
For the last two years I have had the great privilege of working with John as HIS mentor and teacher. As a man of many passions and disciplines it came as no surprise when he told me he wanted to explore the visual arts and learn to paint. After the incredibly successful debut of his first complete series, “Fonk Responsibly” in 2019 he immediately began to work on his “Alphabone”series. During our once, sometimes twice a month private classes I would show him new techniques and offer different perspectives to his compositions and of course engage in hours of creative brainstorming. John has been and continues to be a source of great inspiration and advocate of arts education in our schools and communities. It only makes sense that he is now the author AND illustrator of his first children’s book.
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