Homeschool Review: Maestro Classics

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I have told you about this Classical Series before, but I get to officially tell you EVERYTHING about it this time! It is one of my favorites, and we have listened to almost all of the titles in this series. But I get to tell you, specially, about two of the titles from Maestro Classics! {Yea!}

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Maestro Classics is a music CD series which attempts to develop a love for classical music in all those who take the time to listen. These CDs are created for children ages 5-12, but parents enjoy them just as much! We were given a CD copy of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (CD $16.98, MP3 $9.98) and My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music (CD $16.98, MP3 $9.99).

Each CD has a narrator which tells the story while an orchestra plays in the background. Both of these CDs have music played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Along with each CD is a 24-page activity book with biographies, educational information, words to the songs, and more.mike-mulligan-and-his-steam-shovel_new1_zps8716a3b5

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel is based upon the book of the same name written by Virginia Lee Burton. This has been one of our all time favorite children’s books in our home. The first selection on the CD has the narrator reading the story while the orchestra plays in the background. It is original music. After the story is read, a short biography of Virginia Lee Burton is given and includes what inspired her to write the book. After that is a music lesson describing how the musical score was developed. There are other goodies on there as well. (ages 4+)handle_zpsb5d04f87

My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music discusses the biography of Handel and the music he created. The orchestra plays different pieces (including opera!) written by Handel and focuses on the fun story of his composition, Water Music. This CD teaches performance skills and includes a fun sing-along song to Water Music with words that help us to remember simple facts about Handel. (ages 5+)

How We Used The Product:

We started out listening to the CDs in the car, and gradually, they ended up in the children’s room as they listened for HOURS while playing quietly. After the kids had listened to them over and OVER, I went online and found Educational Materials, through Maestro Classics, to use. I found crossword puzzles and coloring pages. They even have lapbooks developed by A Journey Through Learning that correspond with some of their CDs. That was a fun partnership to see! There is a Kid’s Club that is updated every month.

I printed out a crossword puzzle that went with the Handel CD. In looking at the clues I thought, “Wow. I’m not sure I know the answer to these, I’m not sure my kids will get them.” But I gave it to my son anyway. He took one look at it and said, “Oh yea! I know these answers! Mama, help me to spell Germany.” ~~ Well, there ya go.

The Kids’ Reactions:

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Sweet Cheeks: “I liked the highs and lows in the scary [stressful] part. It freaks me out. And I learned to work a little more harder and a little more better for your mom and dad.”
RB: “I like the music. The CD tells you about the real Mike and that Mary Anne is a toy and then it tells you about the music.”

Sweet Cheeks: “I really liked the music with the silly words!”
RB: “I learned that he died and was buried at the cathedral we went to.” [Westminster Abbey]


I cannot speak highly enough of Maestro Classics! We have listened to almost all of them found in our public library, but those didn’t have the activity books with them. The only CD I didn’t care for was Juanita the Spanish Lobster, and I am excited to see that they have added Carnival of the Animals!

Overall, Maestro Classics earns 5 FFS Aliens out of 5 FFS Aliens for homeschool MUSICAL friendliness!

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