The Nutcracker Music Game has been around for a few years. I discovered it shortly after we started homeschooling and was very excited about the concept. Imagine a CD Rom game which uses the music and story of the Nutcracker Suite to teach children about music!
So often I read about a something that sounds amazing and then when we actually get the item, I find it disappointing. This didn’t happen, however, with The Nutcracker Music Game. If anything it was actually better than I imagined.
And now, receiving the latest version to review, I played it myself, instead of watching my kids play. Here are my impressions.
1. You will get familiar with the music of the Nutcracker Suite
So many of the games used the music as part of the game, and you can also choose to listen to whole pieces. If you play the whole game, you will know the music. Impossible not to.
2. You will learn to identify musical sounds
A number of the games require you to identify which instruments are playing or to match the music to an identical piece of music. Great ear training.
3. You will be challenged
Well, maybe not if you are a musician, but otherwise you will be. I struggled as the levels got harder and had to concentrate, listen a second and a third time and really persevere to get through levels.
4. You will have fun
Yes, it meets that criterion too. It is definitely fun. It is not just an educational exercise. It really is a game. The graphics are bright and cute and the whole experience is enjoyable.
This game could be played by any age but the style of graphics lends it to elementary age children (though my middle schoolers played it too). This game has won numerous awards over the years – and it is well-deserving of them all.
Here is a preview of the game:
You can find the game here. This makes a great Christmas gift or just buy it for your children to play over the Christmas season. Try and take them to a live performance of the Nutcracker Suite – I know we have one running in our town at present.
Let me know in the comments if your kids enjoy playing it!
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