Wednesday, January 19, 2011

TOS Review: Maestro Classics

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We were lucky enough to receive the Peter and the Wolf CD in the mail in exchange for my review as part of the TOS Crew. I immediately flashbacked to elementary school where I was first introduced to this charming story. I was excited to expose my kids to it.

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What is it?

Maestro Classics is a series of CDs that introduce children to classical music through stories. Your 4-12 year old will enjoy brilliant performances by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the greatest recording orchestra in the world. The Peter and the Wolf  CD and booklet package is party of their Stories in Music Series.

What do they offer?

Currently, there are 7 CD’s to choose from including:

  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel – timeless classic story
  • Peter and the Wolf – every child should own this great work
  • Tortoise and the Hare – a very fun version of this tale
  • Juanita the Spanish Lobster – sassy and funny from an English composer
  • Swan Lake – some of Tchaikovsky's most beautiful music
  • Casey at the Bat – everybody loves baseball, right?
  • Sorcerer's Apprentice – magical story and exciting music
  • Juanita la langosta española – great for anyone speaking or studying Spanish
  • What did we think?

    I thought this product was excellent!  This is a multi-faceted CD with much more than just the story of Peter and the Wolf. I loved that the CD came with an activity booklet with additional information about the story, composer (Sergei Prokofiev) and musical piece. It felt like a complete music lesson in itself.

    Although my son is a bit too young for the activities, I thought they were wonderfully created.   My 4 year old was very curious about the different instruments and he listened very intensely trying to follow the story and the characters. I definitely hope to add more of these to our CD library!

    The CD’s are priced at $16.98 or 3 for $45 and can be purchased here.  You can also listen to a sample of the CD and see a sample activity page here.

    Also worth checking out is this great page to help you incorporate music into your family. This company is really devoted to promoting music in the family, and what’s not to love about that?

    See what others are saying about Maestro Classics here!

    Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this product for free as part of the TOS Crew and this review is  my honest opinion.

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    1. My son enjoys listening to this.

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    3. Hi Amy!

      It's great to read about how engaged your kids were with our CD - we know how amazing it is for a 4-year old to be such an avid listener (and sit still that long!) - thanks so much for this nice review!

      I'm writing this belated comment to let you know that in the months since your review we've been busy setting up a Facebook page so that we can more easily get in contact with our customers, as well as host a monthly CD giveaway. (We have one going right now for Peter and the Wolf, as a matter of fact, ending on 6/13/2011) but we intend to have more giveaways in the future and grow our FB page in general, so we'd love it if you took a peek.

      If you have a business page, feel free to post on our wall and we'd love to become a fan of it.

      Thanks! Ruth, social media coordinator at Maestro Classics

      P.S. Sorry about the previous post, I noticed a misspelling!

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