Each CD is $16.98
We received The Tortoise and The Hare free for review. I knew the gist of the story, an Aesop fable, but had never introduced my children to it. We popped in the CD and started listening right away. All of my children were captivated by the music and the story. After the initial performance of the story, the next track was sharing about the story itself by Mrs. Bonnie Ward Simon. Then, the song-Pretzel Vendor of Paris- was broken down so that the children could sing-along with the words. The composer and conductor, Mr. Stephen Simon, then shared about the music itself. Different characters had their own sound–specific instrument and melody. This reminds me of my beloved Star Wars music by John Williams. I have heard this referred to as "Leitmotif", a Wagnerian technique linking melodic phrases with individual characters or story elements.
Maestro Classics has 7 other Stories available–Casey at The Bat, Juanita the Spanish Lobster, Juanita la Langosta Espanola, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Peter and The Wolf, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and The Story of Swan Lake. Upon browsing the website, I found some lesson plans for a few of the selections for grades K-6. Our CD also came with a booklet with activities for comprehension and fun. The story of how this series came to be is neat to read from the website. The Simon’s have a real desire for sharing ‘real’ music with children. Too many children grow up thinking music is only what they might hear on the radio or a television program. Or if they are aware of other types of music, they may not know of the many wonderful instruments that can create it. This is a great introduction for any family, homeschooling or not. We are hoping to receive more of these as gifts, if not, we will definitely be buying them!
You can read what others from The Old Schoolhouse Crew think about Maestro Classics by going to this link here http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/HomeschoolCrew/751523/