Hang on, I thought books on classroom teaching were supposed to be worthy but imposing edifices of learned thinking, with titles like "Aspects of Perspectives on Pedagogical Practice (27th Edition)" and suchlike. This book by Nina Jackson, however, is the perfect antidote to that. Concise and written from the heart, full of tried and trusted techniques backed up by research, you can't help but be swept up in the joyous enthusiasm for her subject the author demonstrates on every page. The book's central premise is the use of music as a learning tool in the classroom - the crucial point being that this is not to be confined to the Music classroom, but throughout the curriculum. Advice on what music to use for what purpose is clearly given. There is no requirement on behalf of a classroom teacher to be a music specialist. What is required, however, is an open mind, and a love of music. The author lists specific music examples for several different purposes - enhancing study skills, creating a sense of purpose and motivation, defusing negative behaviour etc. - but is at pains to encourage each individual to discover their "own" music to apply to learning. This is subject to specific criteria such as the music's speed, volume, use (or otherwise) of lyrics and so on, all of which is clearly explained and underpinned by research. "The Little Book of Music for the Classroom" sits comfortably in the series of "Little Book" titles, alongside titles by such innovative education practitioners as Ian Gilbert and Jackie Beere. If you are a teacher at any level of the education system that is searching for ways to add a new dimension to your lessons, then I commend this book to you and the journey that it will lead you on.