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Music Bee Club, Apps for children

Flight of the Bumblebee:

The Swan:

It’s a unique interactive musical concept featuring the world’s most beloved short classical compositions—with a twist. Each piece of music is accompanied by an actor’s rendition of an engaging, original story whose characters are brilliantly illustrated and come alive when tapped or touched. The stories themselves are designed both to reflect the inspiration behind each piece, and to fit in perfectly with its musical twists and turns.

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Designed for children between the ages of 2 and 8, these apps are the perfect way to introduce any child to the beauty and brilliance of great classical music, combining the appeal of a favorite bedtime story with the enjoyment and thrill of an exciting musical performance.

 

Your children will love listening over and over to these spirited, imaginative tales of impatient bees, lonely little moons, and self-important swans—and at the same time, they’ll be learning some of the most beautiful musical compositions in the classical canon, played by some of America’s finest musicians, all while having a lot of fun!

(Grownups, don’t be surprised if you find these stories set to music give you a whole new perspective on classical music, too!)

You’ll hear… the story of a young moon who longed to play with real children, read to the timeless notes of Claude Debussy’s “Claire de Lune” movement from his Suite Bergamasque for piano…”Flight of the Bumblebee,” the exciting adventure of a little bumblebee out on his own, told to the music of Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous “Flight of the Bumblebee”… and the tale of a swan who had to learn what true beauty was, set to “The Swan” movement from Camille Saint-Saens’ orchestral work “The Carnival of the Animals.”

Music Bee Club Apps also include…

  • The same classical compositions played without the accompanying story—letting your children “hear” in their mind’s ear where the various parts of the story occuror make up their own stories to fit the music and animation!
  • The same stories with music and narration with an option of reading the words together.
  • A “paint to the music option,” letting your children draw, color and create their own visuals to the music.
  • A “games” option
  • And finally, the story narrated in another language

 

Experts in child growth and development agree that learning to appreciate and understand the “language of music” helps children flourish, intellectually and emotionally.

 

  • A recent study at Brigham Young University found that children as young as 5 months old could distinguish “sad” songs from “happy” ones.
  • A University of Toronto study found that 6-year-olds who studied piano for six months raised their IQs by several points, on average. Another study of Los Angeles preschoolers found that lessons in singing, rhythm and keyboard playing boosted their spatial reasoning significantly.
  • Other studies have found that music activates the parts of the brain that essential to emotion and memory, and that it also promotes communication between the right and left hemispheres.

 

Music Bee apps are the perfect way to introduce your child to the wonders of classical music—and lay the foundation for a lifetime love of music and learning!

Music Bee Club Apps

The Flight of the Bumblebee, by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (Piano and flute)

Elizabeth Mann, Principal Flutist , Orchestra of St. Lukes, Orpheus

Donna Weng Friedman, pianist

A young bumblebee who craves independence tries to fly to the other side of the garden alone—only to find out that he isn’t quite ready.

 

 

The Swan, by Camille Saint-Saëns (Piano and cello)

Carter Brey, Principal cellist, N.Y. Philharmonic

Donna Weng Friedman, pianist

A beautiful swan is too vain and haughty to play with the “ugly” ducks on the far side of the lake, until it learns that beauty isn’t everything.

 

 

Claire de Lune, by Claude Debussy (Piano)

Donna Weng Friedman, pianist

The little new moon is tired of only being out at night with her moon family. She tries joining the other young children during the daytime, but discovers that she’s not really suited for the daytime—and that true happiness comes from being where you’re meant to be.

Flight of the Bumblebee:

The Swan: