What do you do with a three year old who sings constantly? Well, you try to nurture that passion by signing her up for music and singing classes, play a wide variety of music at your place, sing together every chance you get and generally try to expose her to as many good sounds as possible.
That’s what we’ve been trying to do with June who thinks she’s a young Celine Dion, or something. She chirps at the dinner table, in the car, the shower, in bed and during quiet time at Montessori (which I’m sure her teachers just love).
Problem is, most of the CDs for kids I stocked up on early on veered toward “Wheels on the Bus,” “If You’re Happy and You Know It” territory. Not that there’s anything wrong with those songs. I appreciate that they’re a cinch for toddlers to learn and remember and parrot back — but I’ve concluded that listening to them now for months on end is, for me, like being punched in the brain through the ear by a three year old. And the worst part? Most of those songs are performed by adult professional singers trying to sound like toddlers. It’s like going to a dinner party and having to sit next to a grown up who won’t stop talking like Fozzy Bear. You have no choice but to kill him.
Suffering from acute “Wheels on a Bus” fatigue, I began consulting with fellow music lovers about what they listen to with their young children that won’t drive the over 12 crowd completely bat nuts insane.
Turns out there is a robust and growing genre of music specificically produced for kids that won’t become annoying to grown ups after the 5,000th listen. Below is the list we’ve come up with (ranked in no particular order). Some of the selections are old (classics), some are brand new, all guaranteed to get the whole family jamming.
(Interested in learning more about great music for the whole family? Check out the blog Zooglobble.)