These CD's are AWESOME! I can't stop playing myself!
Nancy Shaw > Interactive Classics Series
Hello, I had downloaded this game last night. It's GREAT!
I play the game with my kid to solve all the puzzles, all I can say,
"It's amazing, for musical joy."
Roger Luo > Alice in Vivaldi's Four Seasons
On behalf of my daughter, Anna, I wish to thank you for your patient explanation.
I sat next to her this morning as she successfully, and with intense interest, found and
played the tree game.
My compliments on your achievement of a tool for drawing people into real listening to real music. May this and your other CD music-based games reach a wide public!
Joel Suben, Save The Music, Inc. > Magic Flute
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 encyclopedia, 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!!!
Comment on Amazon.com > Magic Flute
Please make a game for Bach!
I hope the Beatles will really sound like the Beatles, no muzak please!
Lori Svoboda > Interactive Classics Series
Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker the music Game is fabulous. Children in Puerto Rico are
very fond of the Nutcracker. There are over 20 performances every year. If the game were
in Spanish, it would be an even greater best seller over here.Thank you very much!
Aldo R. Torres, Puerto Rico > Nutcracker
Thanks! The program is great; I especially like the fact that there is a good audio
explanation of the different games right at the beginning. Thanks.
Roxanne > Magic Flute
The game was fun for my son he had a great time playing it I was not able to watch because
he locked himself in the room but the titles were his suggestion since he plays classical
music on the piano.
Michael McAnally > Alice in Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Thank you very much! I am a piano teacher. I bought more Nutcracker Games for my
students as presents. They love it. My daughter is 8 - can't stop playing.
Victoria Lambrozo > Nutcracker
Do you have new songs yet? When are you going to have new songs?
Are you going to have hundreds of songs? I really like it. Its fun!
Arvan - 6 years old, > Nutcracker
Thank you sooooo much for the wonderful Nutcracker game.
Nutcracker is my favorite ballet! Love
Elizabeth (Letter after getting the game for her 8th birthday) > Nutcracker
I am Fionnuala O'Donovan and I have played the game, The Nutcracker Game.
I like it very much and my favorite game on it has to be Children's Album Game.
I like the other games too, though. I like how this game helps you ear train and helps
you with your problem solving skills, and you can still have fun! I think that it would be
cool if you could make a product just like this, but it would not be with music from
The Nutcracker. It could be with other kinds of music. Like, maybe you could make
one with rock music, or jazz music. Maybe you could even do one just with a different
ballet. I do like The Nutcracker, but not everybody in the world does, and it would be
really a waste not to play these sort of games!
This is what I think of The Nutcracker Game, and I hope you like my ideas!
Fionnuala O'Donovan (9 years old), Ireland > Nutcracker
My grandchildren love playing the music game when they visit. It does not even matter
what time of year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for your wonderful efforts!
Gayle Porter Lewis, Bedford, Massachusetts > Nutcracker
Again, my 5 year old grandson loved the Nutcracker. He now distinguishes a violin,
harp, piano, timpani, trumpet, and knows the whole story.
I was wishing you could do something along the order of Swan Lake. Anyway, keep it up.
They are wonderful and reach an audience out in the hinterlands, too far away from a big
city to see something like this up close. Thank you!
Gail Blodgett, Atascadero, California > Nutcracker
Our 11 year old grandson received the game as a Christmas present. He played with it for
3 hours (all the games at all the levels more than once) and called me frequently into the
room to show me one feature or another.
He was particularly amused by the rhymes about the instruments. I thought he would like
the game because he plays the violin (he has at least one Vivaldi piece) and loves
computer games. The game was a great success with him. I was impressed by the
ingenuity and skill that went into producing this game.
Howard > Alice in Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I have installed one of the copies on my teacher computer and shared it with a 4th
grade class and a 1st grade class. Both grade levels LOVED it.
Jan Morris > Nutcracker
Dear Music Games International,
I work as a music director for Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, private school for the
girls; and I teach in my private Piano Studio as well.
Recently, I received one of the copies of "Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker" CD-ROM. I was very impressed with your product! That same day I played the games with one of my piano
students who is five years old. The girl loved it so much that her mother went straight to
ToysRUs to purchase a copy for the family.
Tomorrow, I am planning to introduce the games to my Keyboard Lab at the school.
I am certain that they would love too!
Thank you very much for this special Holiday gift!
Ms. Olesia Borisenko > Nutcracker
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.
Jenifer Fraley > Magic Flute
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.
Teresa Jeffreys > Nutcracker
How about a CD ROM introducing the greatest "hits" of Mozart? Another CD ROM for
the greatest hits of Beethoven, etc... Or a CD ROM with pieces of music from each century -- where you have to guess which time period a piece of music comes from? Or a game
where you have to guess the composer? Or a 'name that famous symphony' kind of game?
Or a game to learn about famous operas? Or to learn about different types of works:
symphony vs. sonata vs. opera vs. concerto, etc
Tamara Stone-Snyder > Alice
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! I can't wait for your new ones.
Please let me know right away.
Michelle Gordon > Nutcracker
Wow! The game is just great! I use it in the piano studio and by Thursday all the keys
had been found. I'll look forward to the Magic Flute release. Great job! Thanks!
Susan Todd, Hillsboro, Oregon > Nutcracker
I and my students are highly impressed with the Nutcracker CD-Rom.
I look forward to your future releases. Keep up the good work!
Deedra Linder > Nutcracker
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. Thank you for making
music education fun and modern!
Pamela M. Johnson > Nutcracker
Special Ed Teacher letter from Australia:
I said that I would let you know how I got on with Down Syndrome boy and the Magic Flute
etc. You will be pleased to know that it was an amazing experience and he loved it,
so much so that after we had had one session playing games etc., every time he came
into music room he would head straight for computer and say 'Flute". So, I decided to let
him play as a treat at the end of every session I had with him. One of his aides observed
him during a session and she thought that it was a marvelous concept and my colleague
teacher fell in love with the whole idea, so much so that I gave her my copy of 'magic flute'
as that was her favourite when I finished my internship last week, and she wants to order
more copies for the other school she teaches at so am sending her the Amazon address
for ordering. So I'll have to get another one for myself now!
I also used Nutcracker in a Prep/Gr.1 class with some low learners and other chn. All chn. absolutely besotted with that game as well, as well as their teacher! Then I used it with
some older Gr 3 and 4 chn. the other day because we couldn't use the music room as
piano was being pulled apart, so we went into the library and I put all three of the activities
onto computers - it was hard to tear chn. away to leave for recess.
I think the nicest aspect of your software is the quality of the music and the fact that it's a wonderful way of introducing chn. to classical music, and the beautiful graphics. My little
DS boy got really good at recognizing instruments and naming them by the end of last week.
He's actually 5 yrs old but his mental development is probably that of a 2-3 yr. old.
So, there you are, I would certainly recommend that they can be used for special needs chn.
as well as for anyone else from chn. to adults.
The only thing that I would recommend for special needs chn. is that a mouse is used
with only left click. I had to put my hand over right button to prevent L. from pressing that.
It would have been easier for him and me if we had had a left only click mouse, but I think
the school is going to get one which is good.
So thank you for an amazing educational experience. I hope that your company is looking
at producing similar software and I shall certainly continue to recommend the three that
I have to other teachers.
Suzie Terry > Magic Flute
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