Bea Breaks Barriers!

How Florence Beatrice Price’s Music Triumphed Over Prejudice
By Caitlin DeLems | Illustrated by Tonya Engel
Bea Breaks Barriers!

FLORENCE BEATRICE PRICE was ALWAYS breaking barriers—especially when it came to music! Raised in the Deep South, Bea broke through the barriers of racism and prejudice to master the piano and excel at school. And when opportunity came to study at the New England Conservatory of Music, Bea traveled north, one of only two Black students to attend.

Bea continued to break barriers when she returned to the South to teach and find inspiration for her music, drawing from many different genres. Bea fought hard to have her works played. One of her triumphs was being the first Black American woman composer whose symphony was performed by a major orchestra. But Bea’s music eventually became lost to time. When her musical scores were recently found in an abandoned house, Bea’s music was rediscovered—bursting forth for all to hear.

BEA BREAKS BARRIERS!
How Florence Beatrice Price’s Music Triumphed Over Prejudice
By Caitlin DeLems | Illustrated by Tonya Engel
Published by Calkins Creek/Astra Books for Young Readers
October 29, 2024 | 48 Pages | 7-10 years | ISBN: 9781635924275

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FLORENCE BEATRICE PRICE was ALWAYS breaking barriers—especially when it came to music! Raised in the Deep South, Bea broke through the barriers of racism and prejudice to master the piano and excel at school. And when opportunity came to study at the New England Conservatory of Music, Bea traveled north, one of only two Black students to attend.

Bea continued to break barriers when she returned to the South to teach and find inspiration for her music, drawing from many different genres. Bea fought hard to have her works played. One of her triumphs was being the first Black American woman composer whose symphony was performed by a major orchestra. But Bea’s music eventually became lost to time. When her musical scores were recently found in an abandoned house, Bea’s music was rediscovered—bursting forth for all to hear.

BEA BREAKS BARRIERS!
How Florence Beatrice Price’s Music Triumphed Over Prejudice
By Caitlin DeLems | Illustrated by Tonya Engel
Published by Calkins Creek/Astra Books for Young Readers
October 29, 2024 | 48 Pages | 7-10 years | ISBN: 9781635924275

Meet-Caitlin-Author

As far back as I can remember, love of story and books grabbed me.