Here we are, and it’s already December! It’s time for the holidays, and all the traditions that come with it. One of my favorite pieces of classical music is synonymous with the holidays, and that is The Nutcracker, a ballet written by Piotyr Iliych Tchaikovsky. Even people who say they don’t know anything about classical music are often familiar with the music of this famous ballet. Throughout the world, productions of The Nutcracker are staged in theaters during the month of December.
Personally, I adore The Nutcracker and I remember fondly a performance of this Christmas ballet that I attended in my youth. So I was pleased and excited to be able to try out Tchaikovsky’s Nutrcracker: The Music Game. This game is set against the backdrop of the wonderful music of The Nutcracker. The objective of the game is to save The Nutcracker. In order to do this, the player has to get nine magical keys in different games and activities. The activities educate children about the music of this fabulous ballet in such a way that children don’t feel like they are learning.
In my favorite game, all the instruments of the orchestra are displayed. Snippets of music are played, and the child guesses which instrument is making the sound. From tuba to flute, all the orchestral instruments are represented. After the child correctly guesses all the instruments, the orchestra plays a piece of music from The Nutcracker. I thought it was a fantastic way to teach children about different types of musical instruments and sounds.
Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker: The Music Game is a fun, interesting and lively way to introduce your child to the music of this famous ballet. The activities are fun, and the learning happens without the child even noticing. The graphics on this game are somewhat simplistic, but it is truly the music which is the star of the show. I would highly recommend this game for children 7-10 years old as a way to introduce them to The Nutcracker, if they are not already familiar with it. Perhaps this game can be a jumping off point to fuel your child’s love of classical music. Or perhaps it helps to start a new holiday tradition, one which includes attending a live performance of The Nutcracker. Holiday magic, indeed!
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