Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Maestro Classics: Peter and the Wolf ~ Review

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Maestro Classics Stories in Music provides wonderful stories combined with beautiful symphony orchestra music.  Each CD is a combination of music and educational information which includes ideas on what to listen for and how to listen.  These delightful stories are designed for children ages 5 and up. 

About Maestro Classics Stories in Music

Each series has three significant benefits:

  1. To expand listening horizons ~ the series of recordings introduces the listener to an orchestra's magical sounds and
    awe-inspiring power, and helps them understand that music can be dramatic, can paint pictures, and is often filled with humor.
  2. To hone listening skills and accumulate musical memories ~ the musical discussions will sharpen listening skills of children and adults alike, the discussion of the story will promote conversation about human values, and the musical work will leave each listener whistling a new tune.
  3. To encourage adults and children to listen to music together ~the very young will listen for the story, the slightly older child will enjoy the music, and the adult will be surprised how much he/she has learned.

Maestro Classics sent our family Peter and the Wolf ($16.98) to listen to and review.   The CD included a 24-page program book and 7 tracks: the life of the composer, a Russian Peter, The Magic Maestro Talks about Peter and the Wolf, Peter and the Wolf without Narration, Invitation to Grandfather’s Party and Kalinka ~ dance along.

Maestro Classics ~ Stories in Music also offers the following stories:

  • The Tortoise and the Hare
  • The Story of Swan Lake
  • Juanita The Spanish Lobster
  • Casey at the Bat
  • Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Our Thoughts

We all enjoyed the story and music.  Emily and I both found that the booklet included was very helpful in identify the different instruments used.  Emily enjoyed completing the activities included in the booklet.

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The additional tracks really helped the story come alive and enriched out learning experience!  We have enjoyed listening the to the CD over and over!  I plan on ordering Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel for Aiden and The Story of Swan Lake for Emily.

Find Out More

You can listen to samples here.  Individual CDs are available to purchase from Maestro Classic for $16.99 or you can purchase three CDs for $45.00 (these CDs are so worth it!). 

To see additional reviews by the Homeschool Crew click here.

This product was given to me for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor. I was not paid for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are mine.

 ~Cindy

5 comments:

Joesette said...

We reviewed The Tortoise and the Hare last year, and we loved it. We listen to it every now and then and the kids still love it.

Syneloi said...

Grześ tu był i umysłową ucztę spożył za co dziękuje zapraszając na swoje strony.

Davene Grace said...

I love Peter and the Wolf, so I'm sure I would love this set, too! And I think it's so helpful, particularly with that piece, to know a little background info, because that makes the music come alive. So much fun! :)

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

My 7 year old "E" just studied Peter and the Wolf at school for music class and I've been eyeing this set for my girls and their listening center (also would be great while we wait in the preschool car line) Glad to know you liked it, I think Swan Lake would be popular here too!!

Thanks for the review. : )

-Pink and Green Mama,
MaryLea

Maestro Classics said...

Hi Cindy!

Thanks for the wonderful review of our Peter and the Wolf CD this winter. I just wanted to let you know that since you reviewed our CD we've made a Facebook page so that our fans can participate in monthly giveaways (June was Peter and the Wolf, as a matter of fact) and get coupons. We'd love to invite you and your readers to join our page and thanks again for the lovely review!

Ruth
Social Media Coordinator
Maestro Classics

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