I have always enjoyed classical music. It has always been so soothing to sit and listen to a story via instruments. My love for classical music began as a child…through ballet and playing the violin. I have witnessed my own children begin this journey…of falling in love with Classical Music…even my ten-year old son. All of the children took violin lessons last year…this year, we are using a curriculum at home (off and off)…but, we still listen to and have been attempting to study classical music.
Recently, we discovered Maestro Classics. Bonnie Ward Simon discovered her mission in life: ” to find a way to bring quality age-appropriate concert experiences to children and their families.” as she watched a young boy…Basil fall in love with music/books and not toys –and so began…Maestro Classics. Her mission…overall: is to make music fun!
Maestro Classics believes that listening to music together is a critical part to having a joyful family…and I so love that thought process! They believe this so much that they have created a fantastic program with CDs (recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra) for you to use at home and have written some wonderful articles to help you on this journey. These are intended to be used by children 6-12 (and their families).
- Ten easy ways to bring music into your child’s life.
- Can Music Make your Child Smarter?
- In an Increasingly Visual World, Listening is a Learned Art
- Listening Habits Begin at Birth
- Leave the Paint Cans at the Door
- Introducing Children to Classical Music
- Finding the Right Instrument is Like Falling in Love
- Does Your Child Really Need Band?
- Buying an Instrument
- The Music Teacher: A Guru for Your Child
And…if you want to go see them perform live , you can check out live schedules here.
We have been blessed by the Homeschool Curriculum they provide for The Story of Swan Lake. We thoroughly enjoyed using this music curriculum and the lesson plans created and provided by Maestro Classics in our home. The CD is a constant companion in our home and in our car.
The CD provides:
- 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
- Forms of Government
- Air Pressure
- Bernoulli principle
- Dance Work out
- Online and other resources for:
- Language Arts
- Stories to Read
- Movies to Watch
- Activities for children
- Online Games to play
Maestro Classics offers Homeschool Curriculum guides and CDs for:
- Juanita the Spanish Lobster
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
- Casey At The Bat
- Peter and The Wolf
- The Story of Swan Lake
- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
- The Tortoise and The Hare
- My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music
- The Soldier’s Tale (coming soon)
You can find Maestro Classics on:
The price for an individual CD is $16.98 or download an MP3 for $9.98. You can also purchase a 9 Collection CD set for $128 , Classic (4 CD) Pack for $65 , or a Story pack for $48
Again, all three of my children enjoyed listening to The Story of Swan Lake…it travels with us quite often and plays in the back ground during homeschool. However, do not take my word for it…read other reviews from The Crew
Disclaimer: I received Swan Lake (for free) in exchange for my honest opinion (as a member of TOS Crew), no other compensation was received.