Book puts fun into music
MUSIC teacher Nick Peterson is bubbling over with delight at launching his new book, Music's Fascinating Fun Facts.
The perfect present for a musician, whether rock gods or classicists, it combines useful information about all aspects of music, including decoding technical terms, giving potted histories of famous composers, and explaining musical notation - all interspersed with humorous anecdotes and witty cartoons drawn by Dillon Naylor.
"I just want to raise peoples' eyebrows and bring a smile to their faces," Mr Peterson told The Northern Star.
"Music is such wonderful fun. I've really enjoyed writing this book.
"My aim was to make it educational, entertaining, amazing and amusing."
Mr Peterson has taught music at many Northern Rivers high schools, as well as teaching music teachers at Southern Cross University, through TAFE, and currently, at conferences held by the Australian Music Teachers Association and the Australian Society for Music Education.
His books are used in Australian schools and internationally as music textbooks.
"The challenge for music teachers facing a class of senior students is there could be a terrific bass player out there and the teacher doesn't play bass; or there could be a drummer and the teacher doesn't play drums - but the teacher still needs to inspire every student no matter what skills the student already brings to the class," he said.
"That's where it's so important for it to be fun and surprising."
An opportunity to catch some of Nick Peterson's infectious energy and enthusiasm for the craft of music comes today at 4.30pm, when he launches Music's Fascinating Fun Facts at the Lismore Library.
Books will be available for sale at the launch or from Planet Music, Molesworth St, Lismore.