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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that if you're worried your kids' minds are becoming jello from all the hours spent watching the DVD player in your car, this "story in music" might be a great alternative. It's engaging for younger kids, educational, and something you can stand listening to, as well.
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What's the story?
THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE is the eighth installment from Maestro Classics (formally Magic Maestro Music). The London Philharmonic, directed by Stephen Simon, takes young listeners on a wonderful journey through the fabled tale of an arrogant hare and an optimistic tortoise, reminding us all that "slow and steady may be old-fashioned, but it still works." The CD includes two narrated versions by Yadu, to be listened to before and after the composer's notes, as well as sections about the story and music. The CD booklet features 14 pages of extra educational goodies about orchestras, music theory, and even the differences between a rabbit and a hare.
Is it any good?
Aesop's classic fable comes to life, set to an amazing original score by composer Stephen Simon. Combining engaging narration with complex patterns of classical music, children can improve listening skills, memory, and their understanding of how a musical arrangement is put together and composed. The 6 tracks include two narrations, sections about the story and music, a fun, Dixieland-style version of a song about a Parisian pretzel vendor, and a family sing-along. The story of the tortoise and the hare is one to be told over and over for years to come, but with this version, it's also a worthwhile lesson in music that families can enjoy together.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about classical music and learning. Studies show that exposure to music can strengthen a child's abilities in the classroom. Do you think this is true? Why? Would all types of music have the same effect? How can other media affect a child's performance in the classroom?
What lessons can we learn from the story? Why was the hare in such a hurry?
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