"Thank you for supplying the site license for "Nutcracker Music Game". I was able to have the software installed on our school lab computers.
My 3rd - 5th grade students absolutely love it. This is the first technology lesson I have used with my music students, and I am really impressed.
Thank you for creating such a terrific product and offering it to MENC members.
I recommended it to parents.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I have installed one of the copies on my computer and shared it with a 4th grade class and a 1st grade class. Both grade levels LOVED it.
"These cd's are AWESOME! I can't stop playing myself."
Nancy K. Shaw
I recently purchased your Mozart Interactive game and absolutely love it! On the cd cover it says you have many others available. How can I find these resources? I would like to get them for my elementary music classroom.
"I was extremely delighted to receive the new Nutcracker CD-rom. I am using it in my computer lab, and my students are LOVING it! Much better than the original, even though they enjoyed that when I got it. I can't wait for your new ones. Please let me know right away"
"I think what you do is fantastic!!! I just introduced the "Nutcracker" to my classes, and they loved it. I have a feeling that you will have a lot of great clients like myself and my students :) Good luck! Please keep me on your mailing list; and I look forward to the new releases! Happy Holidays!"
With Love, Ms. Borisenko
"Thank you. My students have tried the games and had a great time. They have been more enthusiastic about our music listening classes on the Nutcracker. I have recommended it and passed out your info cards to students who seemed interested in them. Thank you for making music education fun and modern!"
Pamela M. Johnson
"Thank you for the new music computer game. My students and I are enjoying it a lot. Even the parents enjoy playing. Please keep them coming. It is helping to make the computer labs we have here more fun and educational at the same time."
Vanessa C. Chasney
This game was a last minute impulse buy for Christmas for my 6 year old son. Little did I know that it was to be the most popular gift out of all those I purchased all year!
As a classical music fan, I am thrilled with the understanding of music that it has given my children. While the game is intended to be played by children, I would also recommend it for adults who want to train their ears to hear individual orchestral instruments or gain a better understanding of musical composition.
The product description promises musical jigsaw games, musical trivia, an instrument encylopaedia, and more, but it does not even come close to doing justice to the hours of fun this game has provided my kids. Even my four and two year old sons play with this game. I do recommend that you find or buy a cd of The Magic Flute or excerpts from it prior to introducing the game to your children as they won't be able to get enough of the music once they start playing it!
My kids now listen to a cd of the Magic Flute every night before bed. I tried to replace it the other night with a traditional lullaby cd and was met with a collective hue and cry to "puhleeeeeeeeeze put back Mozart..."
A couple of neat items in the game...
1.) There is a game where a sound clip of Mozart's Magic Flute is played. The player then listens to other clips from various sections of the opera which have been sped up or slowed down and chooses the match for the original clip.
This is fantastic for training the ear to recognize tempo and chord progression.
2.) There is a section where the children can read a child-friendly description of the libretto of the opera while they listen to the music.
3.) There is a game in the program that allows the children to "mute" certain instruments while a piece is playing so that they can hear how the instruments sound together or separate and what parts they play.
4.) There is also an instrument encyclopedia which not only plays a sample of each instrument but also speaks the definition aloud for children who have not yet learned to read well.
5.) The narration in the program is NOT, I repeat, NOT smarmy, annoyingly brash, condescending, or overly peppy as are many children's programs.
It is done very tastefully but still very engagingly. This program should be at the top of your list of educational games to purchase for any kids you know or any adults who love classical music.
I cannot wait for my other Music Games International items to arrive. I hope they keep producing more and more- and if someone from their company happens upon this review, I'd like to request that they do something with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony!!!