A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Maria is a strong example of a brave young woman in search of her destiny. "I Have Confidence" offers a great lesson in examining---and confronting--your fears. Ask kids how the song's changing music reflects this development.
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What's the story?
THE SOUND OF MUSIC SOUNDTRACK, from the movie based on the memoirs of Maria Von Trapp, is a wonderful story about finding oneself, opening closed hearts, creating family, and holding to one's personal values. Julie Andrews stars as Maria (the \"failed\" nun who takes a job as nanny to a widower's seven children), and she has never sounded better. With her lively spirit---and these wonderful songs--Maria captures the children's hearts and their father's. The liner notes offer information on the legendary musical theater team of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Is it any good?
Winner of five Academy Awards in 1966 (including Best Music and Best Picture), The Sound of Music stands as an all-time classic to be shared with your children. These songs (and their inspiring messages) are among movieland's best. You may pass over the nun's choruses and the wobbly "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" after the first few listens -- but this is still entertaining, uplifting music for all to enjoy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how music helps you get through tough and trying times. Then (to prove the point) create personal lyrics to "My Favorite Things" or sing out in the chorus numbers. The movie's story can also be used as a springboard to teach older children about the Nazi regime and the Holocaust.