Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Maestro Classics

Good music and good literature are staples in our home, and when you combine the two, you get a product that we've truly enjoyed - Maestro Classics.

CDs are a must-have tool in our homeschool. We listen to them not only for singing, dancing, and composer study, but also over lunch, while doing chores, and especially in the car. CDs are also a great way to keep my little ones occupied and learning while I'm working individually with another child.

When Maestro Classics' The Tortoise and The Hare arrived, I was excited because I had heard good things about their products. They have produced a series of CDs, each one featuring a classic children's story set to wonderful music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Tortoise and The Hare contains 7 tracks featuring:

-Aesop's timeless fable, re-created in turn of the century Paris

-Background information about the story

-An explanation of the music (For example, the composer shows how he has used different instruments, themes and rhythms to represent the different characters in the story.)

-A chance for the whole family to sing-along on The Pretzel Vendor of Paris Song, including a track that gets you ready to perform.

A program booklet is included with each CD that contains learning activities related to the story and music, such as crossword puzzles, dot-to-dots, mazes, and word searches.

What I Liked

-The excellent quality of the music

-It's an entertaining CD that holds my children's interest.

-Some great learning about music and the orchestra is tucked into the fun.

-We had a blast performing with the "karaoke" track.

-My children have listened to it over and over again!

I have already purchased another title in the Maestro Classic series, Casey and the Bat, and have added several others to my Homeschool Wish List.

You can visit Maestro Classics to hear samples of the great stories and music from each of their albums including:

Peter and The Wolf

The Story of Swan Lake

Juanita, The Spanish Lobster

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

The Tortoise and The Hare

Each CD is priced at $16.98, but right now you can purchase 3 for $45.00 when you enter coupon code MAESTRO45 at checkout. Gift sets for Mike Mulligan and Casey and The Bat are also available for $24.99.

You can read more reviews of this product at The Old Schoolhouse Crew Review Blog.

Disclosure: I was not paid to write this review. I was given the product to use, and the opinions contained in this review are mine alone.

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