Parents' Guide to

Allegro Mágico

By Juan Rodriguez Aguilar, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Informative kids intro to classical music in Spanish.

Podcast Music Average run time: 20 minutes
Allegro Mágico

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This podcast does an incredible job of immersing children in classical music, a genre of music they might otherwise see as old-fashioned or even "boring" compared to contemporary music. The host of Allegro Mágico, Claudia Ortiz, covers the lives of impactful composers briefly and succinctly, with a soothing voice both kids and adults will be drawn to. She always keeps episodes fun by playing songs from each composer, blending the art of audio storytelling and the beauty of music. What she succeeds at, above all else, is putting the focus on arranging an expertly curated selection of songs that often feel like they're narrating the composers' stories. Claudia also includes timestamps of each episode's songs in the episode descriptions.

The 2020 episode series "Viajando Por el Mundo" (Traveling the World) is a must-listen, as it exposes listeners to different musical cultures around the world. Every episode feels new and unpredictable, and Ortiz' kindhearted personality and deep knowledge of the subject matter make it an easy and informative listen for kids, tweens, teens, and even adults.

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