Thursday, January 12, 2012

TOS Review~~Maestro Classics

Maestro Classics are "Stories in music" CD's for children ages 5-12 played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.  Some of the titles available are: Peter and the Wolf, The Soldiers Tale, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, My Name is Handel:The Story of Water Music, Casey at Bat and many more. 

Each CD has almost an hour of playing time.  There are 7 tracks on the CD's. 

These CD's sell for $16.98 or for a MP3 download for $9.98 on the Maestro Classics' website.  Also on the website you will find Homeschool Music Curriculum Guides to help you teach a full unit to your children.  Everything from math to Language arts included.   Each CD comes with a very colorful program booklet.

As a member of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine's Review Crew we were sent "The Story of Swan Lake"  for review.

Our first thoughts about this CD was WOW!  The cover artwork is truly beautiful.  I found myself really taking in the pictures.

The CD has 7 tracks on it:
The Story of Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky's Life
Speed Metal Swan
About the Music
Tchaikovsky Wrote a Great Ballet
Want to Have Some Fun? Prepare to Perform
Tchaikovsky Wrote a Great Ballet "Sing Along"

When we first got the CD we popped it into the CD player and had a listen.  Oh how beautiful.  Our daughter Hannah loves classical music.  She listens to it all the time.  She also loves the ballet.  So for her this was an easy review. 

We learned about the music.  The CD is such a great learning tool.  The conductor teaches us about the different types of music used in a ballet.  How to listen to the tempo of the music to depict what the person is doing.  This really helped us all learn more about ballet.  It's not just people dancing on the stage...they are acting out a story without words.


Andrew enjoys listening to the classical music.  Especially after the conductor described the different things within the music to help us "hear" the emotions.  It has really opened up our minds about classical music and the ballet.  Perhaps a field trip is in our near future.


Katrina loves music.  She wasn't really too fond of classical music....until this review!  She said she never knew there was so much to this "stuff".  Her favorite track was "Speed Metal Swan".  It is a "rocked" up version of Tchaikovsky's.  It's described as a "heavy metal version of the main theme."

I have found myself putting this CD in while I'm doing some housework.  I have really enjoyed this review.  I love that they combined education with entertainment.

You can go on over to The Crew Blog to see what my crew mates are saying about this review.

***I was given this CD as a member of TOS Review Crew free in exchange for my honest review.***

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