As a game-loving family, we enjoyed playing Maestro Mastery – Explore the Composers from Byron’s Games over the past few weeks! I have enjoyed being able to bring history and music together. I have always wanted to do a composer study but wasn’t sure how to go about it. I prefer to find fun, hands-on ways to learn and this game was everything I was looking for.
Everything I have ever received from Byron’s Games has been excellent quality. This game was no exception. The box is very sturdy and the cards are nice and thick. We also received a large poster of all the composers that includes their information.
Each of the cards contains lots of information about we composer. What period they were, years that they lived, and what country they are from.
Even though my kids are getting older, they still like to play games of memory match. There are 52 composers included in this game. You receive 2 cards of each composer so you can match them. (Only one has the detailed information on it). There are different colored coded cards differentiating 6 time periods: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary.
In our history curriculum are working through Medieval times right now and heading into the Renaissance, so I pulled out those cards to work with first. These are the time periods with the fewest cards so it was a good place to start with an eight year old and a ten year old. The cards are separated into two decks with all time periods interspersed, but I made my own custom deck based on time period.
To begin the matching game, lay out the cards you are playing with upside and take turns flipping cards over and trying to make matches. Read about each new composer as you come to them. If you make a match, you get to keep those cards. The player with the most matches at the end is the winner. You can also categorize the matches you get my time period. A variation of the game is to see how many times periods you can have the most matches.
Byron’s Games has included an easy way to listen to each composer’s work. There are samples of each of them on their website. This was great not to have to find them on my own. A fun variation of the game is to lay out a few composer cards and play a music sample. The other player guesses which composer they are listening too. If you guess correctly you get to keep the card. The player with the most cards wins.
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Many other families on The Homeschool Review Crew also had the opportunity to review this game. Click on the graphic below to see what other families thought of it. Byron’s Games also offered another product to our group of reviewers. They reviewed The Family Journal. This is a family meeting journal with 12 months of weekly goals, activities and more. It looks great! You can read those review also by clicking on the graphic below.