Virtuoso Bears: Amadeus and Ludwig Review (Vosego)

Virtuoso Bears: Amadeus and Ludwig
PRICE CHECK
   
EDITOR'S REVIEW
OVERALL EDITOR'S RATING:
What It Is

Meet Ludwig and Amadeus, two adorable bears from Vosego that are designed to look like Beethoven and Mozart...if they were teddy bears. They're super cute, cuddly and made of really high quality fabrics that kids will love snuggling up to. The also play music. The internal music module requires three AAA batteries (which are not included.) Take the unit out of the bear, to insert the batteries, then slip it back into the sewn-in pocket, making sure the Velcro closure is tight. 

You can activate the music by pressing the large button, which you can feel through the body of the bear. One push activates the music. Another push turns it off. Push and hold to regulate the volume. Push twice quickly to move to the next track. Each of the bears plays some of the best known piece by the composers. For Beethoven, you'll hear Fur Elise, Ode to Joy, Moonlight Sonata and four more. For Mozart, you'll hear Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Symphony #40, Le Nozze di Figaro and four more. 

The bears are surface washable. 

Is It Fun?
It probably goes without saying that the infants and toddlers for whom these bears are intended will have no knowledge of Mozart or Beethoven. However, the cute costumes and cuddly bears are great without that knowledge. The music will be new to these kids, too, but it's very pleasant, and certainly much more easy to listen to over and over than a lot of music in kids' toys. If individual kids take to these, they're likely to be huggable best friends much like any other stuffed animal. Parents and grandparents, of course, will appreciate the whimsical interpretation of the composers and appreciate music that is enjoyable even on multiple repetitions. 
Who It’s For
These are designed for children ages 3 years and up. These are really intended, though, to appeal to parents who will be attracted to the concept and appreciate the music and will want to give them as a gift to kids.
What To Be Aware Of

The company makes a lot of claims on the packaging about the power of classical music to foster brain development, but the so-called "Mozart Effect" has largely been disproven by later research. (In fact, the original study wasn't conducted on children but college students and looked at their ability to accomplish some mental tasks after listening to music.) That didn't stop marketers from seizing on the idea that classical music would make children smarter. Over time, however, additional studies have shown that listening to any music or even reading aloud can have the same, short-term impact of helping concentration and doing mental tasks at different ages. The "effect"  lasts about 15 minutes, according to various studies.

Nonetheless, even if this music  won't make your child into a genius, it's a whole lot more pleasant than a lot of the music in children's toys. In fact, these are musical strains that won't strain your patience even when played over and over. 

Will these toys make kids lovers of classical music? Impossible to say definitively. However, no toy can achieve that in isolation. it's up to adults to provide a frame of reference and context for any music so kids can appreciate it. Simply turning on a toy and hoping it will do the rest will not suffice. Exposing children to a wide variety of the arts including music, literature, painting and more can help them become more knowledgeable and discerning, but it won't happen overnight.

 Still, these cute bears are great, cuddly playmates, and the classical music is really pleasant with surprisingly good sound for a toy. So our thought is enjoy this as an unusual and whimsical toy. If you can use it to  begin to make a classical music lover out of your kid, so much the better. 

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy


    3 AAA batteries required