By Susan Hammon. A part of the Classical Kids series.; A comprehensive study in music with connections across the curriculum. Book and CD.Includes:- questions and activities for use before presenting the recording- scene-by-scene suggestions for 5 scenes (the story, music used in the scene, background facts, discussion & activity suggestions, suggestions for exploring the music)- questions and activities for use after the recording (charts: themes;and skills, 10-day lesson plan, student's worksheet)Also includes Swing Low Sweet Chariot arranged for piano (option to sing or add introduction and bass line with Orff instruments); Waltz (String Serenade) arranged for piano; melody line for Children's Song from the 1812 Overture; The Maiden's Chorus from Eugene Onegin arranged for voice & piano; melody line excerpt from the Volga Boat Song; Long Long Ago arranged for piano, voice, & guitar chords; and Amazing Grace arranged for piano, voice, & glock. Suggested grade levels are given for activities.For 43 pages.For grades K-8.CONTENTS:Letter to Teachers.Scene 1: The Escape - Piano Concerto No.1, Mvt 1; Danse Napolitaine (Swan Lake); Trepak (The Nutcracker); "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "Turkey in the Straw", Waltz (String Serenade).Scene 2: Travel in Many Lands - Tea (The Nutcracker); Overture (The Nutcracker); Coffee (The Nutcracker); Chocolate (The Nutcracker); Danse Des Cygnes (Swan Lake); 1812 Overture.Scene 3: Ragtime and Swan Lake - Silver (Sleeping Beauty); Overture to Act II (Swan Lake).Scene 4: Father Arrives and Sleeping Beauty - "The Maiden's Chorus" (Eugene Onegin); Coda (The Nutcracker); Ragtime; Marche Slav; Violente (Sleeping Beauty); Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker); Le Sommeil and Panorama (Sleeping Beauty).Scene 5: Conclusion - "Long Long Ago"; "The Maiden's Chorus" (Eugene Onegin); Waltz (Swan Lake); "Amazing Grace"; Serenade For Strings, Mvt 1; Serenade for Strings, Finale; 1812 Overture, Finale. CD Contents:The Story: Tchaikovsky arrives in New York for the grand opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891. During his famous trip to Niagara Falls, he shares stories with a young family about his music, his life and his fear of conducting. In the end, both the composer and the family discover something about courage and about themselves. A poignant story of the Old World meeting the New.The Music: More than 2 dozen excerpts of Tchaikovsky's music- The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake, the first piano concerto, String Serenade and 1812 Overture. Also included is a musical mosaic of well-known American music of the time, including ragtime, spirituals and popular folk classics.