Monthly Archives: December 2012
Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker The Music Game
This is a nice game for children, especially those who are interested in music. It revolves around Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. This is a fantastic musical piece for a game such as this, because the story behind it appeals to both boys and girls. There’s a female main character, fairies, soldiers, an evil King, and a happy ending! And, to top it all off, the music is phenomenal.
This Holiday classic title gives children an outlet for exploring their own appreciation of music, while sharpening their listening and problem-solving skills and improving understanding of the basic concepts of music. The Nutcracker Music Game is a magical adventure that celebrates music by challenging kids through interactive participation and exciting game play.
The premise of the program is to save the Nutcracker by earning nine golden keys through a series of musical games and activities that teach students about differences between sounds, exercises their memory skills, and increases their music vocabulary.
The Nutcracker Music Game offers exceptional teaching tools, such as the ability to demonstrate, in the classroom, every instrument of the orchestra and its interaction with other musical instruments. But above all it teaches children to love and appreciate music.
The program features a multitude of innovative musical games, puzzles and riddles, as well as an animated Encyclopedia of Musical Instruments, an extensive Listening Room, Tchaikovsky’s biography, the Nutcracker story, the History of the Nutcracker ballet, music trivia and more.
The games were a bit advanced for Stud (four years old, male) to do independently. He was able to play them with some direction and assistance from me, but he lost interest fairly quickly. Boo (eight years old, female) was able to do all of the games independently and she remained engaged for an extended period of time. Webelos Scout (ten years old, male) was able to do all of the games independently, but as with Stud he lost interest quickly. His favorite game was the one where you listen to a bit of music and choose which instruments are playing. Second Class Scout (twelve years old, male) played the games long enough to tell me that he didn’t like the game. He’s such a good kid! He was a real trooper about going through all the games, but he was decidedly not interested.
I feel like I should note, for the record, that both of the older boys play musical instruments. Violin and trumpet in the case of the younger one, and trombone for the older one. We are also a very musical family. M’duine, Venture Scout and I are all vocalists. We also sing, as a family, a lot! It is not unusual for us to sit around the living room and sing (sometimes in harmony) for well over an hour at a time. We also sing on car trips, and not just long ones. M’duine and I are also Music Minors, so the children have been exposed to a large variety of music, especially some of the more traditional composers.
My only complaint is that they don’t yet have a Mac version of this game, so we aren’t able to play it on our primary computers. However, the general opinion of the younglings was that this was a fun game that teaches a lot about music in general and The Nutcracker specifically. It would make a great Christmas present for the younglings in your life. As a great big “Happy Holidays” to my wonderful readers, Art and Music Games is giving you the opportunity to purchase Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker The Music Game at 40% off!
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