HarperCollins imprint William Collins has signed a "pioneering" parenting book on how music aids learning by Joan Koenig.
Commissioning editor Tom Killingbeck acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to The Musical Child from Carrie Plitt of Felicity Bryan Associates on behalf of Zoë Pagnamenta at the Zoë Pagnamenta Agency.
Koenig has spent her life as a practitioner and teacher of music. Founder of bilingual private school L’Ecole Koenig, the core idea behind her schools is to integrate music into every aspect of learning.
In this "original and inspiring" book, Koenig will draw on the latest scientific research and on her own experience in and out of her classroom to show how music can aid learning – and how, in the process, they can become talented musicians themselves.
Koenig said: "I am very excited to be writing this book that will allow readers, via an inside view of our classrooms, to witness the extraordinary innate musicality of young children. I have worked with neuroscientists and music cognition experts around the world, and our conclusions are germane: music is not just a hobby or a pleasant pastime; it is an integral part of what makes us creative, happy and human."
Killingbeck said: "What Joan has accomplished at L’Ecole Koenig is extraordinary. The findings from her classes and the frontiers of neuroscience confirm the incredible benefits of music in education and cognitive development, and Joan narrates them with ample wit and charm. This book will be a must-read not only for new parents, but also for anyone who was dazzled by the likes of Oliver Sacks’ Musicophilia and Daniel Levitin’s This is Your Brain on Music."
Koenig graduated from the Juilliard School in 1981. In Europe, Koenig played flute as a soloist and chamber musician with Alexander Lagoya, Patrice Fontanarosa and Frédérique l’Odéon, among others. Koenig taught in several Parisian conservatories before opening the École Koenig.
Publication will be spring 2020.