Orchestra/Opera Unit Study

 

Resource Type

Resource Name/Author

Comments

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Rating

Book/Library

Meet the Orchestra; by Haynes, Ann

Animals playing instruments; boys like it

X

4

Book/Library

The Story of the Incredible Orchestra; by Koscielniak, Bruce

For older children: 8-9yo

 

3

Book/Library

Strings, An Introduction to Musical Instruments, by Lillegard, Dee

Nicely done, simple

 

4

Book/Library

Shake, Rattle, and Strum, by Corbett, Sara

Instruments from around the world, very nice

 

4

Book/Library

Musical Instruments, by Darlow, Denys

Thorough with very nice photos of people playing the instruments, for a bit older children, maybe 7 or 8yo

X

3

Book/Library

The Philharmonic Gets Dressed; Kuskin, Karla

Wonderful look at the musicians getting ready for their performance, very fun

X

4

Book/Library

The Story of the Incredible Orchestra: An Introduction to Musical Instruments and the Symphony Orchestra; Koscielniak, Bruce

Historical look at the orchestra; a bit dry; maybe when the boys are older

 

3

Book/Library

Strings: An Introduction to Musical Instruments; Lillegard, Dee

Cover string instruments nicely if not a little light on the lesser known ones such as the banjo, mandolin and ukelele

X

4

Book/Library

Sebastian, A Book About Bach; Winter, Jeanette

Age-appropriate biography of J.S. Bach

X

4

Video/Library

The Maestro’s Company, Volume 1 (The Barber of Seville & La Traviata), Video Artists International

Puppets doing opera, W enjoyed it

X

5

Video/Library

The Maestro’s Company, Volume 2 (Rigoletto & Hansel & Gretel), Video Artists International

 

 

 

Video/Library

Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Opera World

My 4yo ~loves~ it,  watched it 3-4 times and wanted more

X

5

Video/Library

Who’s Afraid of Opera, Volume 1 (Faust & Rigoletto), w/ Joan Sutherland

Neither boy was interested. Puppets introduce plot.

 

2

Video/Library

The Pirates of Penzance; 1990 MCA Universal w/ Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury & Linda Ronstadt

Amazing, although G&S purists tend to object to it, my 4yo absolutely adores it

X

5

Book & Tape/Library

The Musical Life of Gustav Mole, Meyrick, Kathryn

Incredible story w/ tape that covers different instruments & styles of music

X

5

Leap Pad Booklet

Hit it Maestro!

Absolutely wonderful. My 4yo used it a lot and developed an interested in opera

 

5

Music CD

Peter and the Wolf; Prokofiev, Sergey; Andre Previn and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Very, very nice

 

5

 

Ratings: 5= Excellent, 4= Good, 3=Average, 2=Fair, 1=Poor


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