Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Nutcracker Music Game Review and Giveaway - Ended

As you may know, I am an Elementary Music teacher.  I teach a little over 500 students a week K-12 (ages 5-12).  I was excited to get the opportunity to review The Nutcracker Music Game.  I already have Mozart's Magic Flute and this game is similar, but all about Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.  I let some 2nd graders help me test it out and they loved it.  I have a Smartboard so I was able to choose students one at a time to answer questions.
I love that it teaches about the Orchestra, instrument families, and the timbre (sounds) of each instrument.  This game is also in The Magic Flute.  My 2nd graders were learning about high and low sounds last week.  We then used the Orchestra game to identify instruments based on sound and decide whether they were high or low.  The sound examples and some of the instrument pictures aren't the best, but the kids love it.  They definitely needed the extra practice too!

Here's a video that shows this game.

We also tried out some of the Trivia questions.

I enjoyed the listening room as well to.  Here's another video that shows another great listening game and requires children to identify multiple instruments performing in a song or piece.

This game is great for Elementary aged students for at home or at school.  I can't wait to use it more when we really get into more Holiday Music.  My 1st graders are going to perform with ribbon sticks to the Russian Dance from the Nutcracker.  I know they will love learning about the Ballet. 

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The download version was very easy and it is marked down to $10 for my followers.  I think it actually works better for my old school laptop to run than to try and read the disc.

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