Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Piano Classics

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Silly lyrics bring classical piano pieces to life for kids.

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Educational value

 A great introduction and lesson in the beloved classics of legendary composers. 

Positive messages

Teaches kids about classical music with fun, kid-friendly lyrics that enhance the melodies.

Positive role models

Perlmutter gives parents an exciting way to teach their little kids about classical music that doesn't just involve staring at the TV screen and puppets.

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"Mozart Makes Kids Smart" mentions Baby Einstein.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the Beethoven's Wig series has won countless awards for its music, which introduces kids to the classics in an exciting way -- with words! This CD includes funny, kid-friendly lyrics that truly enhance the familiar piano melodies. Parents will enjoy the music as much as their kids and appreciate the refresher course on musicians such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Debussy.

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Classical piano masterpieces of Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Brahms, and Scott Joplin come to life with kid-friendly, tummy-tickling lyrics in BEETHOVEN'S WIG: SING ALONG PIANO CLASSICS, the fifth album from the celebrated and four-time Grammy nominated Beethoven's Wig series. Parents and children will get a kick out of listening to familiar classics in a new light.

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In Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Piano Classics, kids get a lesson in classical music that is anything but boring. With funny lyrics set perfectly to the piano masterpieces, you can sing about "Poor Uncle Joe" and his broken-down truck to the tune of Chopin's "Funeral March" or croon about an oversized piano that gets stuck in a door to the music of Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer." The tune "Mozart Makes Kids Smart" quips that when kids hear Mozart "it never fails, they go to Harvard or Yale." The CD also comes with an illustrated book that includes lyrics, comprehensive program notes, and historical information, so parents, beware: Harvard might come calling sooner than you think.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the idea of putting words to legendary classical tunes. Do you think it makes the music better or more memorable? Why?

  • Does this music make you more interested in learning about composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Scott Joplin, or Brahms? Which songs do you like the best? Why? Is it the music, lyrics, or both?

Music details

Artist:Richard Perlmutter with Symphonies & Singers
Release date:August 9, 2011
Type:Album
Label:Beethoven's Wig
Genre:Classical
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Educator and Parent Written bysterdun November 25, 2014
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"Must have" if you want your kid to like classical music.

The lively and funny lyrics set to well known classical selections, making this very memorable. I unreservedly recommend the the following 3 CDs as well. Song "Can you can can" is somewhat inappropriate, but I don't think most children will understand what it is about.

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