For the past 4 or 5 months now we have been studying about different classical composers. I remember back when I was in school we learned about Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. I didn’t remember much of what was taught but a few musical pieces they wrote. It has fun get a chance to learn about different composers this school year. When we hear certain songs we can put a face and name to the person who composed it. We’re also learning what time period/musical era it was in. We’re not dedicated classical music listeners at our house but we enjoy hearing a selection or two from time to time to relax our minds.
Maestro Classics produces “stories in music” by making classical music CD’s for children ages 5-12 and families. This series of works features new, sophisticated performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. You can learn more about them by clicking here.
Maestro Classics award-winning series are recordings of well known children’s stories. Ones like “Peter and the Wolf”, “The Soldiers Tail”, “The Tortoise and the Hare”, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and more. The price of each CD is $16.98 but they also have MP3 downloads for $9.98 that’s also available from iTunes and Amazon. For review we received “The Story of Swan Lake” music CD.
“The Story of Swan Lake is the tale of a prince who falls in love with a beautiful princess. The princess, however has been turned into a swan by an evil magician, and only the prince’s love can break the spell.” This CD is for ages 6-12 and their families. It’s especially popular with those who are interested in ballet or dance. The CD has 7 tracks and runs for 54:02 minutes. It also comes with a 24 page program book that has information about Tchaikovsky, music, and fun activities for the kids. To hear samples from the CD scroll down the page and click on the arrows to listen. Maestro Classics also has a free homeschool music curriculum with ideas to use along with their story music CD’s. This is a great way to build a Unit Study. If you are on Facebook, like Maestro Classics fan page to stay up to date and get free coupons and giveaways.
My son and I had a great time listening to the story. It was a great addition for when we were studying about Tchaikovsky for music. While listening my son was closing his eyes and pretending he was at the ballet watching the show. It was so funny because he was humming and rocking like he was really into it. I thought he was sleep at first because he had his head down, wasn’t moving, and his eyes were closed. I asked him was he sleep he said “shhhh mom I’m pretending I’m there watching the show”. I said okay I won’t disturb you then. To see what other crew members thought of The Story of Swan Lake click here.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. I was not paid to write this but received The Story of Swan Lake CD free of charge to review, and give my honest opinion.