Stories In Music Series: Composer Stephen Simon and art director/music educator par excellence Bonnie Ward Simon combine children’s classics with classical music, illustrating a familiar story with music. Selected Crew members received the classic story set to music, Peter and the Wolf, from Maestro Music.
Maestro Music packs the CDs with fun and information. The Peter and the Wolf CD is much more than a single performance of the famous audio story set to music. The seven tracks on the CD and 24-page program book provide an entertaining way to expose our children (and our selves) to not just classical music, but to classic stories, to musical instruments and the sounds they make, to illustrating a story not with visuals, but with music and sounds, and to practice listening skills. They give us the history of the story and the composer, too. Click the link to the Maestro Music web site to hear samples.
I dont know which I like more, Bonnie Simons track of background information about the story and composer or Stephen Simons insight about the music. The Simons have arranged the CD in a way that the listener hears the story, first, and background information, later. After hearing Stephen Simon spotlight the different ways that the music is used in the story, I hear the story set to music with a new perspective, a new set of listening ears, and my second, third, etc., experiences with the story set to music are richer, deeper.
Priced at $16.98 (or three titles for $45), Peter and The Wolf is a wonderful addition to a listening library.
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Special thanks to First Mate Penny from Homeschooling, Autism, & Stuff for writing this post.