A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Brief lessons about music, musicians, and music appreciation.
Classical music is just as relevant and beautiful today as it was centuries ago. Contemporary musicians can learn how to create and perform better music by understanding classical music.
Positive Role Models
Max's mom, a friend, and El Maestro are very supportive of him from the beginning of his classical music journey. Max is afraid of what his other friends might think, but they are more open-minded than he believes them to be.
Violence & Scariness
Some teasing and insults between kids during soccer matches.
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Products & Purchases
Features original music performed by Daniel Barenboim. The original (nondubbed) version fo the series features songs performed by French rapper Akhenaton. Bach, Chopin, Mozart, other great composers are discussed.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Max & Maestro is an animated French series (dubbed into English) about a kid rapper who also loves classical music. There's some mild taunting during soccer matches between kids, and the main character, Max, fears rejection thanks to some peer pressure, but these issues are addressed in constructive ways. It also offers some brief music lessons that kids can easily grasp.
Is It Any Good?
The intelligent and endearing series celebrates classical music by presenting it in a way that is relevant to young, contemporary music lovers. Lessons about classical pieces and musicians are brief and to the point but offer tidbits of music education that are easy to understand. Much of what is taught is also applied to the kids' rap and hip-hop performances, demonstrating the connection between the two genres of music. Although the English-dubbed version of the show lacks the original voices of Daniel Barenboim and popular French hip-hop artist Akhenaton, Max & Maestro is still charming and fun. Best of all, it successfully reminds us that music is a universal language, and many different kinds can be appreciated by all walks of life.
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