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Nothing moves us like music. Music Mavens transports readers around the world (and beyond)—to a jazz performance in Genoa, an instrument lab in London, a Tokyo taiko dojo, a New York City beatbox battle, and even a film scoring session aboard the starship Enterprise, to name a few. Along the way, it spotlights artists whose work spans musical genres and industry roles, including composing and songwriting, performing and conducting, audio engineering, producing, and rock photography. In Music Mavens, 15 extraordinary women reveal how they turned their passions into platforms and how they use their power to uplift others. Their musical resumes will inspire, but the way each artist lives her life is the real story.
About the Author
Ashley Walker is an author, educator, and amateur musician. She holds degrees in mechanical engineering and artificial intelligence, and she recently graduated from the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she was a three-time award winner. She lives in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit Ashley’s website: www.ashleywalkerbooks.com. Maureen Charles also has an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has worked for many years as a writer, editor, and writing coach. She sings, plays guitar and ukulele, and was married to an arranger, orchestrator, and composer of TV and film music. She lives in Pasadena, California. For more information, visit Maureen’s website at www.maureencharles.com.
"An antidote to the erasure that can limit young people’s conceptions of what is possible...and expand the world of music."—Kirkus Reviews
"Role models for young people are vital. Music Mavens takes inspiring role models and blends their triumphs and challenges into pathways that set a musically interested young person on their journey with a sense of hope—and some very pragmatic life lessons along the way." —Mitch Glickman, composer, conductor, producer, and educator, and founder and music director of Symphonic Jazz Orchestra & SJO's Music In the Schools Program
"What an amazing resource for young people of any identifying gender to learn about the pathways and possibilities of the music industry. All aspects of the industry are embodied in these stories, revealing the nuance of the craft, reaching beyond the stories of fame we too often hear about in mainstream media. Youth can read one chapter or the whole book and be inspired and educated." —Jennifer Carroll, associate director of education, Inner-City Arts
"Overall effect is a rich and inspiring mix of talent and career directions...high-interest volume with educational value."—Booklist