Beethoven once said, “If my music had words it’d be a lot more popular.”
I developed a love for classical music as a child while learning play the piano. It wasn’t until I was in junior high that I realized that most of the other kids at school had practically no exposure to classical music. And let’s not get started on the state of music education in America these days.
I really wanted to pass along my love for classical music to my son so we listened to some classical music CDs and watched Little Einsteins and HBO’s Classical Baby (both are fantastic programs). I also wanted to expose him to as much classical music because of the Mozart effect theory of helping increase spatial intelligence in a child’s developing brain and of course the strong correlation between classical music and mathematics since both tap into the area of the brain that control spatial temporal reasoning.
This CD really captured his attention (and mine) the way Beethoven’s Wig does. They do a fantastic, amusing and engaging job of creating catchy sing-a-long lyrics to the most beloved classical pieces. They weave in the theme of the music and facts about the composer and the piece. I learned quite a lot from the lyrics myself. Even if you don’t care that much for classical music, this CD may change your mind.
This is such a fun way to “introduce” classical music to children in such a fun way that children can easily identify the piece and composer. The second half of the CD are the same pieces performed by an orchestra, so you can expose your child to the fun and straight versions. The main singer on the track does remind slightly of Weird Al Yakovic’s voice in a good way. It lends itself well to a slightly comedic flavor to the singing.
These are the feature selections:
|1. Beethoven’s Wig (5th Symphony, Beethoven)|
|2. Franz Liszt the Famous Pianist (Hungarian Rhapsody #2, Liszt)|
|3. Please Don’t Play Your Violin at Night (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart)|
|4. Can You Can Can? (Can Can, Offenbach)|
|5. Just For Elise (Fur Elise, Beethoven)|
|6. Haydn’s Great Surprise (Surprise Symphony, Haydn)|
|7. Kings and Queens of England (Trumpet Tune, Purcell)|
|8. Drip, Drip, Drip (Pizzicato from Sylvia, Delibes)|
|9. Harmony (The Merry Peasant, Schumann)|
|10. Hey Guitar Teacher (Bouree, Bach)|
|11. Tchaikovsky’s Cannonball (1812 Overture, Tchaikovsky)|
Highly recommended for all ages and for homeschooling families as part of the music education. I am planning to get the rest of the series of CDs for car rides and listening around the house.