Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Crew Review: Maestro Classics's "Swan Lake"

I'm pleased {thrilled, full-o-joy} to be able to review Maestro Classics for the second year in a row.  This product is such a treat -- and while my contemporary Christian, Skillet-loving kids might grumble a bit when I bring out classical music such as this, they end up with big smiles on their faces by the end..and are curious to hear more.

No, really, I'm not kidding.  These are Luke's EXACT words:  "Mom, I'd like to  see the Swan Lake Ballet."


Maestro Classics is a great company that puts together incredible music appreciation products.  In 55 minutes, you child will learn some music ihistory, theory, learn the story behind a piece of music, learn about the composer and even about the instruments that bring life to a  piece.

Additionally, there are homeschool curriculum guides available to extend your learning into all subject areas {and they are free, people!}.

Each physical CD purchase (which comes with an activity guide the size of a CD case) is $16.98.  Mp3 downloads are also available for $9.98 (the activity guide is a .pdf download).  You can also buy sets as well!  Click here to link to their store website.

Here's a list of all the CDs available:

  1. The Tortoise and The Hare; 
  2. The Story of Swan Lake, 
  3. Juanita the Spanish Lobster in English
  4. Casey at Bat;
  5. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel; 
  6. The Sorcerer's Apprentice; 
  7. Peter and the Wolf;
  8. A Soldier's Tale;
  9. My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music;

Music Theory, history and teaching about the acoustic vs. electric guitar are included in the activity guide.  Levi loves the dot-to-dot (of a swan of course) and I like the crossword puzzle to help reinforce the story of the ballet.

The CD is more than just a recording of the piece.  Here are the chapters on the CD:
  1. The Story of Swan Lake (narrated)
  2. Tchaikovsky's Life
  3. Speed Metal Swan (!!) {Warning:  clear the room, you'll have a house full of air guitars!!}
  4. About the Music
  5. "Tchaikovsky Wrote a Great Ballet"
  6. Prepare to Perform
  7. "Tchaikovsky Wrote a Great Ballet" sing-a-long.
I hope you can tell that we love this product!  Please read other Crew members' thoughts at the TOS Review Crew blog.

FCC:  In exchange for my honest opinion, I received a free copy of this product.  No other compensation was received.

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