These are wonderful! There is a series covering different composers. We’ve enjoyed all of them and they are always checked out in my library.andreamParticipant
Yes, we have loved this series and would highly recommend it as well.missceegeeParticipant
We have them all and love them! In fact we get to see Mozart and the Magic Flute at our symphony this coming season.tldParticipant
What ages have you successfully used this resource for? I got it for my 6 yo and in previewing it, I feel like it’s maybe a couple years too old. I’m just not sure he’ll follow it, but maybeI’m wrong.MonicaParticipant
My kids really liked that CD. My 3 and 4YOs listened in, but it was mostly used for my 7YO and 11YO.my3boysParticipant
Love these and wish I had more.andreamParticipant
My 7, 4, and 2 year old have listened in the car. Its a great mix even for younger ones b/c it has music and talking, the music helps keep the little ones attention (at least from screaming as opposed to an audio book wehre there is no music). The 7 year old could def. follow the storylineAngelinaParticipant
Agree with everyone else that the entire series is well done, we’ve enjoyed three of them so far. We own the whole series but are only listening to the composer that matches our composer study of the term. So again, so far, we’ve done three: Bach, Handel and Mozart.
@TLD – on the Bach CD — My 6 year old follows along now with no problem (though he probably only “got” the storyline after listening several times…my older boys loved and requested it be played as our lunch hour CD probably 5 days in a row one week!) and even my 3.5 year old enjoys it. The CDs in the series vary a little in terms of dramatic content versus music; the Bach one has a lot of music. There is one scene where the little girl sort of lips-off to her mother in an effort to be disobedient. My kids raised their eyebrows during that scene as she was really a bit rude to her mama.
Not on the subject of the BACH CD….but elsewhere in the series – I will state for the record that last term we did Handel as our composer study, and so listened to the Handel CD of the series:
It was very well done and we all adore Handel’s music so we loved this CD for the music. We all came to love it as a drama, too, but I will tell you the first time we heard it, there was a shock. (oh…how Mama learned that day, the value of doing the Mama preview). In this drama, the story tells of a very young orphan boy who is starved and abused by his “owner”, and there is even one scene where we are told he was being housed in a cage. He had lost his mother at a young age and during the course of the CD we learn that he has totally withdrawn (never speaking) in sorrow over his mother’s death.
My six year old’s eye were like watermellons the day we listened to this (my 3 year didn’t follow closely enough, so didn’t get it…) but DS6 had nightmares. Now having talked about this period in history, the severe poverty among the lower class in Europe, and on the realities of orphans and orphanages (even today) we have pulled through. We listened to it again after discussing what had made us uncomfortable (so in the end you could say it stirred up a good reason for a family discussion) and now my kids all love the CD.
In the end, I suppose it worked out fine…but my six year still goes to bed some nights asking whether I might die soon. Sigh. So I thought it worth mentioning that perhaps SOME six year olds will not be quite “ready” to be envisioning such details about abuse and the vulnerabilities ones faces in becoming an orphan.
In another CD from the series, one of the Mozart ones, there is quite a bit of talk from one of the main characters “hating” school. Not one mention but several, along with the word “stupid” or “dumb” a couple of times. These words are on our forbidden list here at my house, so again, while we don’t regret listening to this one, there was some uncomfortable shifting in chairs and raised eyebrows among my kids. I totally get that others will feel differently, but I remembered these details and thought it worth a little mention here.
HTH! Blessings, Angie
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