John Crossingham is a Canadian indie rock singer-songwriter based in Toronto, Ontario. He performs with the bands Raising the Fawn and Broken Social Scene
. After his last album, he turned his attention to writing and published Learn to Speak Music
: A Guide to Creating, Performing, and Promoting Your Songs
. Aimed at the nine-to-12-year-old set, Crossingham offers a beginners’ guide to creating music. The scope of this 96-page book is remarkably wide, as he takes the reader through the processes of choosing and learning an instrument, forming a band, writing songs, setting up live performances, recording music, promotion and merchandising, and myriad other little tips.