Maestro Classics is an award winning classical music CD series for children and families, which consists of familiar classical stories narrated to beautifully composed orchestra music.
Played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted and composed by Stephen Simon, narrated by Yadu, and stories adapted by Bonnie Ward Simon, the Stories in Music Series consists so far of 8 CD’s which you can view here. .
For review, we received the Tortoise and the Hare.
This classic tale was re-created to be narrated with the orchestra. We found a brightly colored package which consisted of a Cd, and a booklet. On the cd was 7 tracks:
*The Tortoise and the Hare story with musical accompaniment by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
*About the Story
*Pretzel Vendor of Paris song
*About the Music
*Now that you know a little more
*Want to Have some fun? Prepare to perform
*Pretzel Vendor of Paris Sing along
You can hear examples of these here.
When my daughters were younger and we first began our homeschool journey, I looked around for music programs. I loved the musical story of Peter and the Wolf, but didn’t find too many other products that combined classic/orchestra music with classical literature/tales. I played classical music in our home a lot while we studied and read to give my children a good flavor for the appreciation of fine music. We have studied some composers and their famous works in the past as well. I felt when I saw this series that this was right up our alley!
I gathered the kids around and we listened together. The story line was a bit juvenile for my girls, but they did enjoy the music and the way the cd was put together, since they both appreciate orchestra music. They had fun identifying the instruments playing, and thought the booklet that came with the cd was neat. It includes information about the orchestra, instruments, sheet music and some games. I was disappointed that my 3 year old didn’t care for it. He loves music, and I thought he would really love this, but I couldn’t keep him in the room to listen, because he wasn’t interested in the story. He did dance around the house to the music and sing with the instruments, though. I believe he would have been more interested in a couple of the other titles, such as Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel or Casey at Bat.
I feel this would make an excellent addition to any homeschool music program.
These Cd’s sell for $16.98, or a 3 cd set is $45.00. There are also some package deals available which also come with a story book for $24.99 which would make great gifts!
I received this product free of charge as a member of the TOS Crew for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and opinions express in this blog post are my own.