Kids’ Music You Can Both Love

Parents frequently ask me for CD and music recommendations for their kids. Many are concerned that their options are either Mozart for Babies or Barney. I am happy to tell you that is not the case. There is some great stuff out there your kids will like, and that you can enjoy, too.

So, where do you go to find kid’s music that is developmentally appropriate without being annoying or badly done? Good question. Here (in no particular order) are some of my favorite recording companies, bands, and websites for great kid’s CDs:

Music for the Little People
Their catalogue includes a lot of age appropriate folk songs, lullabye CDs, and good performers. While I love many of their recordings, a few are sub-par, so you might check them out from your local library for a test drive before buying a copy.

Trout Fishing In America
One of my all-time favorite bands. These guys produce great kid’s albums in addition to their regular fare. Their recordings are typically best for a little older crowd (preschool and up). They tour in Kansas City periodically, and their live family show is fantastic!

They Might Be Giants
Another band that has been around quite and while and got into kid’s CDs. These guys are also for the older crowd (preschool and up).

A children and family music review site I recently found out about that makes me very happy. This is kid’s music that grown-ups can love, too. I highly recommend it.

The Laurie Berkner Band
Any woman who sings with a pig on her head wins points in my book. By the way for those of you wanting to teach your little ones sign language, the pig on her head song makes a great song/game for teaching animal signs. Remind me sometime when you’re at class, and I’ll show you what I mean.

Kindermusik & Do-Re-Me & You!
I have talked to many professional musicians and music professors who agree that the Kindermusik At Home Materials are full of good developmentally appropriate music with a variety of styles, languages, folk songs, singable ranges for young singers, and good models. So, make sure to pull out your older Kindermusik At Home CDs, and give a listen every now and then.  Also check out some of the additional pulications of Kindermusik in their Do-Re-Me & You! line.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I didn’t even have enough space to mention World Music or Classical Music for kids. Another day.

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