This computer game gives children an outlet for exploring their own appreciation of music, while sharpening their listening and problem-solving skills and improving understanding of the basic concepts of music. The Nutcracker Music Game is a magical adventure that celebrates music by challenging kids through interactive participation and exciting game play. The premise of the program is to save the Nutcracker by earning nine golden keys through a series of musical games and activities that teach students about differences between sounds, exercises their memory skills, and increases their music vocabulary.
The Nutcracker Music Game offers exceptional teaching tools, such as the ability to demonstrate, in the classroom, every instrument of the orchestra and its interaction with other musical instruments. But above all it teaches children to love and appreciate music. The program features a multitude of innovative musical games, puzzles and riddles, as well as an animated Encyclopedia of Musical Instruments, an extensive Listening Room, Tchaikovsky’s biography, the Nutcracker story, the History of the Nutcracker ballet, music trivia and more.
What others have had to say
“What is so impressive about this CD-ROM is how much fun kids had while really putting their musical ears to the test.” – The National Parenting Center
“A decidedly unique software game with enormous educational value…Kids will enjoy playing again and again.” – Discovery School
”The best software I’ve seen to date or stimulating the musical imagination… Sophisticated in its design and content, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker offers exciting adventures in musical listening and problem solving that are both irresistible and educational.” – Dr. Larry Scripp, Ed.D, Chair of Music-in-Education and the Research Center for Learning through Music, New England Conservatory
“It’s a splendid blend of fun and learning, sensory stimulation and rational thinking, Old World atmosphere and new technology marvels.” – Houston Chronicle
Just look at these print screen pictures we took while we were playing. Starting on the top left we have the “find me on the tree game” each of the three characters plays a specific tune and you have to find the matching one on the tree. Next to the right of that is the flying instruments game which is similar to Tetris. Then there is a picture of the home screen and the little helpful fellow that guides you along your way. You move your cursor around the screen to the different objects that will tell you the name of the game you can play by clicking there. All the way right on the top line is the music cards game which is like playing matching cards but with music. On to the bottom row back at the left we have the funky monkey game which teaches you short tunes depending on your skill level then its the nutcracker game where they play a song and you have to guess the musical instruments that are playing that song. Next, is the Nuthouse which is kind of like a crazy house of mirrors but in this house you have to select the distorted music through the mirror that matches the song you are supposed to find then you move on to the next level and finally the Orchestra game where they play one musical instrument and you guess which one it is and if you are right it is added to the orchestra. My five-year-old’s favorite was the Music cards game and my three year old like Find me on the tree. My older daughter liked the challenge of Funky Monkey, The Nutcracker game and the Orchestra game.
I really believe music is an important part of our lives and think this game is just awesome by teaching our children while they play. I love it when they can learn and not even know they are. This game has already won the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, NAPPA Gold Award, and the Parenting Seal of Approval and others.
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