TOS Review: Maestro Classics - Swan Lake


Over the holidays, we had the chance to review another product through The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew. We received a CD from Maestro Classics, The Story of Swan Lake. Maestro Classics CDs combine beautiful classic music with children's stories like Swan Lake, Peter and the Wolf and many others. The CD is made for kids ages 6 - 12, especially ones interested in ballet. Maestro Classics has a special page on their website for incorporating their music into all the different subjects (Math, Science, History, etc.) in your homeschool, which I found to be very interesting.
Here's a bit more about Swan Lake, from the 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. Additional tracks about Tchaikovsky's life, what to listen for in the music, "Speed Metal Swan," a heavy metal version of the main theme, and the "Tchaikovsky Wrote a Great Ballet" sing-along, transform this into a modern classic.
I am *big* lover of classical music and just music, in general - we listen to a wide variety in our house and have been exposing the kids to different types pretty much since they were born. While my antsy six year old had a hard time sitting and listening to the half hour long Swan Lake story set to music, two places he has no trouble listening to things are in the car and at night when he's going to bed - so I was able to pop the CD in at those times. He *really* loved "Speed Metal Swan," the heavy metal version of the main theme from Swan Lake. What can I say...he loves to rock! He also enjoyed flipping through the 24 page booklet included with the CD that told more about the composer, the story and different kinds of guitars - he was especially fond of the guitars...go figure! He's all boy! ;)
Maestro Classics are available on CD for $16.98 or as downloadable MP3s for $9.98. Visit the Maestro Classics website and listen to some of their music samples - you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter. To see what other TOS Crew members thought, go HERE.

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