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Classical music has been a timeless component of history and culture. I have always had a strange fascination with this particular genre of music. It's what sparked my love affair with my flute & trumpet when I was in middle/high school & college. It is also what made me go into my freshman year of college as a music major thinking a career in music education was the career route for me. I might of ended my college years with a degree in history/political science, but my love for music will never fade & will always have a place in my heart.
What breaks my heart these days is most kiddos don't get the exposure they should to classical music. With music programs slowly being taken away from schools across the nation, it really isn't suprising. Unless a parent has a crazy obsession with music like myself, your child just isn't being exposed to classical music because it just doesn't cross your mind. I know it would never cross my hubby's if it wasn't for me ;-)
With that being said, how fantastic would it be if your child could have a classical music experience right at their fingertips? Regardless if your school teaches music or not, acclaimed production company, Giants Are Small has created an app called Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood that can give your child a classical music experience right in your very own home.
Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood is a revival of the classic Peter and the Wolf tale. This version brings Peter to Hollywood to meet his hippie grandfather while bringing classical music elements to life. The music is performed by The National Youth Orchestra of Germany & Peter, along with all of the characters in the movie book, are narrated and brought to life by Rock n’ Roll legend, Alice Cooper.
That's right, ALICE COOPER!
I let my daughter test this app out one day after school & she was instantly engrossed. Then again what kiddo doesn't enjoy the story line of this classic tale?!?
The Deluxe iPad app can be downloaded for only $4.99 and has several features that kids will really just enjoy.
The story in total is 50 minutes long & includes a behind the scenes look at how the app was made. Neat Fact: all visuals were handmade. Like isn't that the ultimate DIY or what?!?!
If you get the iPad Delux vesion it also includes 8 games your kiddo can play.
So tonight instead of everyone lounging around the living room with there electronics in there hands, gather the fam up and give them the gift that will last a lifetime. Download Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood by and introduce them to the world of clasical music. You just never know what will spark a little ones creativity and imagination and where it may lead them in the future. They might just grow up to be a music geek like me ;-)
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Teachers can download a study guide for the Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood App.
Do your kids enjoy listening to classical music? How do you incorporate classical music into your children’s lives?
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5/29/2016 10:58:14 pm
Madison isn't really into classical music but she does love music. I try to do a mixture of music, however I try and keep her away from what is now considered rap and what I call nonsense. As for the music programs and schools, I'm grateful that I live in a state where they still embrace music in schools and it's part of the curriculum here.
5/29/2016 11:01:12 pm
Classical music is such a beautiful genre that is often ignored especially by the youth. I'm glad that they are doing a revival on this classic. That's really good for kids!
5/31/2016 03:09:26 pm
I definitely agree with you on that! I know that my grade 7 students probably haven't got a clue about what classical music is all about!
5/30/2016 01:39:32 am
I've been a fan of classical music since I was a kid (since my mom was/is a teacher, she made sure to expose my sister and I to all kinds of cultures and genres and music!). This sounds like such a great app. Anything that helps expose kids to classic music is a-okay in my book <3
5/30/2016 06:16:38 am
My three year old son demands to hear this piece of music, every morning...it is still brilliant however.
robin masshole mommy
5/30/2016 06:19:17 am
I used to listen to classical music when I was pregnant, but not since. This sounds like an awesome app. I will check it out.
I grew up listening to classical music. I think my Mom took me to every one of the children's theater productions back then. She also had plenty6 of classical music playing around the apartment! My Dad liked more modern music so I learned to love both. I still remember the haunting music from Peter and the Wolf many many years later!! This is an app that is totally necessary now that a lot of schools don't have music classes anymore.
5/30/2016 08:39:45 am
My husband and I both love classical music! This app looks awesome and I love that Alice Cooper is part of this project. Kids now are not really being introduced to the arts the way they should be and this helps!
5/30/2016 08:58:27 am
I love music. I used to sing classical song when i was kid.
5/30/2016 09:32:48 am
I work with new teachers, and this is an app I'll be sharing with them!
5/30/2016 09:45:44 am
This sounds interesting, i am going to check more reviews of this. I've been a classical music fan too especially when I was pregnant!
5/31/2016 10:55:46 am
I've checked this app and my son loves it! Thanks for sharing.
5/30/2016 09:50:15 am
This looks like so much fun for kids! I'm going to forward this to my daughter's teacher :)
5/30/2016 10:33:48 am
My kids totally enjoyed this app, I love the music. It was a nice spin on a bed time story. My daughter loved the cat character.
5/30/2016 10:43:52 am
I love classical music because it makes me feel relaxed. I am excited to see this!
5/30/2016 11:35:25 am
This sounds like a great app. I love that it is narrated by Alice Cooper.
This is a very good idea on how to introduce children to classical music. Indeed in these days there is no way they can encounter it unless a parents guides them towards it. When I was in school we used to have music lessons where we learned about notes and parts. But I don't think that's valid in these days.
5/30/2016 01:10:12 pm
This looks like a really cool app! I think my kids would really enjoy playing with this one! I'll definitely have to check it out!
5/30/2016 01:13:47 pm
I will have to download this app. My son has always enjoyed listening to all kinds of music including classical.
5/30/2016 02:33:56 pm
Sounds like a pretty fun app. I'm not sure if my youngest likes classical music but I'm going to download the app and see what she thinks. Thanks for sharing.
5/30/2016 03:08:41 pm
~If music be the food of love, Play on!~
5/30/2016 04:57:37 pm
I'm not a big fan of classical music but I would listen to it.....
5/30/2016 05:27:34 pm
It is so wonderful that music still holds a special place in your heart even after all these years! I agree children need to appreciate music more although classical is not really my genre as per say.
5/30/2016 06:07:00 pm
My kids were not wildly crazy about classical music. But they did always love Peter and the Wolf. They loved how each instrument represented a character. Glad someone modernized this classic.
5/30/2016 06:22:58 pm
This is interesting; the name is cool as well "peter and the wolf". I think this is the best way to enjoy classical music.
5/30/2016 06:46:17 pm
I have to admit I love Peter and the Wolf, it is one thing I used to love listening to as a child. Just thinking of it makes me smile for some reason. x
5/30/2016 07:18:38 pm
I love classical music too. My son is learning violin and for now, he's following the suzuki violin book to play. The apps look interesting and I got to check it out.
5/30/2016 08:21:56 pm
Love Classical Music! so relaxing and elegant, makes me wanna drink champagne.
5/30/2016 08:28:58 pm
What an awesome review ! Was very suprised it was narrated by Alice Cooper lol :) Classical music is a good thing for children to be exposed to at a young age :) Great share!
5/30/2016 08:29:10 pm
What an awesome app! And Alice Cooper? :) Classical music has a special place in my heart too - yearssss of piano lessons that I hated in the beginning but learned to love. It's great that kids today can appreciate the same genre in a vehicle that's more relevant to them.
5/30/2016 09:04:49 pm
I love classical music. My favorite time to listen is a night while driving, it always makes the ride so surreal.
5/30/2016 10:10:24 pm
What a great and unique way to expose children to the world of classical music. I think many people grow to appreciate this genre.
5/30/2016 10:49:52 pm
My kids LOVE classical music, but you're right. So many aren't exposed to it. This looks like a great experience.
5/30/2016 11:07:36 pm
That's an odd combination, classical music and Alice Cooper. But, it sounds really interesting!
5/31/2016 02:34:12 am
Peter and the wolf looks like a really good animated tale. I'll check this one out and watch this one.
5/31/2016 03:05:32 am
I played in orchestra from second to 12th grade, so I love classical music. This app sounds great to me!
5/31/2016 03:25:51 am
That's really good for kids! This sounds like such a great app!
5/31/2016 06:38:28 am
Classical music is amazing and you're right, our children aren't being exposed to it enough. I will download this later to play for my girls.
I have been trained in Indian classical music .I plan to get my daughter started too.She enjoys music in general and lives humming songs she likes.It's interesting you said that until your said your hubby didn't even consider this.
5/31/2016 07:36:24 am
Agree its really hard to get your lil ones introduced to classical music. We believe atleast some exposure for the child to decide if they are really inclined is important. This app looks fabulous thanks for sharing!
5/31/2016 07:42:10 am
I love listening to Classical music that is often ignored especially by the youth. Sounds like an awesome app!!
5/31/2016 09:02:33 am
Indeed! We really must involve our kids with classical music. This is a great app to explore.
5/31/2016 11:34:44 am
This sounds like so much fun! My kids aren't on devices that have apps a lot but I will have to download this and see if they enjoy!
5/31/2016 01:23:18 pm
This is such a fantastic app it seems! I swore by classical music while pregnant...helps brain development so much.
5/31/2016 05:36:49 pm
My kids love to listen to classical music! It's great wind down music in my house!
5/31/2016 06:23:15 pm
This is a great App idea. I will have to share this with my friends with kids. I have always loved classical music.
What a cool app!!! I play kids classical on Pandora when I'm home with my toddler - he LOVES music and I can definitely see him playing an instrument in the future. We're thinking of starting him with the piano in a year or two. Will definitely check out this app!!!
Leigh Anne Borders
5/31/2016 06:33:02 pm
I loved Peter and the Wolf as a child. I think it is super cool that it is coming back out as an interactive app.
5/31/2016 10:38:08 pm
I just saw Alice Cooper's band with Johnny Depp and someone else famous, I can't remember who... They weren't bad (I didn't see them live just online).
6/1/2016 12:46:10 am
Classical Music is not something that a lot of people appreciate. This app is a good one. I think it's great that it promotes appreciation for classical music - really good for kids & I think it will help revive the appreciation for this kind of musical genre.
6/1/2016 03:28:38 am
Oh yes Alice Cooper, been a fan since the age of 14 ! He still rocks and rolls . I had a music teacher who would really get out of his way to make us love classical music and opera as well as rock and other genres. I still thank him for
6/1/2016 05:27:47 am
As a piano player, i am lucky to be exposed to classical music and i actually appreciate it. Hope others will too.
6/1/2016 09:58:42 am
Wow that's pretty innovative! During my years in elementary and middle school, music class was my favorite. I miss being able to play a steal drum or watch my peers create something beautiful
6/1/2016 09:08:25 pm
My kids think I am weird because I don't listen to music a whole lot. I need to get more into it
6/2/2016 08:05:20 am
Alice Cooper? Are you kidding me? This is the coolest app ever!
6/3/2016 03:39:43 am
So this app seems all kinds of awesome! I love classical music and since we've moved our neighbor is a classical pianist, which has our children curious about the music. I can't wait for them to play with this app!
6/3/2016 12:54:53 pm
My son is all about his techno but he does have his moments where he will listen to classical music. Generally when he ears a son played on a piano he likes it.
6/5/2016 03:16:37 am
When I was pregnant I played classical music for my baby to listen to. I think it stimulates their senses.
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