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All-Time Favorites: Music for Kids

by Julie Shepherd knapp, copyright 2006

Sesamee Street Lyrics and Music Archive -- classics! preview CDs at
MyStrands website and at the Sesame Workshop Store   

Tom Chapin -- lots of CDs, billed as a folk singer but uses a variety of
music styles, clever lyrics, many of the CDs have a theme, such as
cultural diversity, the environment, etc., some songs are educational in
nature, sample his tunes at
MyStrands website

Joanie Bartels -- lots of fun kids songs, from classics to classic rock
and roll, sung in a fun, but "regular" adult tone (not overly sugary ;-)
sample her tunes at
MyStrands website

Norman Foote -- funny clever lyrics, catchy original tunes, sample hi
tunes at
MyStrands Website

Eric Herman -- fun kids songs, watch a video of The Elephant Song

Music Together -- sweet simple songs for preschoolers

Walt Disney Records -- great collections of songs from the movies and
other music for infants, toddlers, kids, and teens

Jazz For Kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle And Shake (various original artists

A Child's Celebration of Showtunes by various artists from the
original Broadway casts, read a review on
commonsense media website
Reggae for Kids -- various Jamaican artists, fun Caribbean versions of
classic kid's songs, several newer CDs also available  

Teacher's Guide to Children's Songs -- links to lyrics and sound clips

Finding New Music for Kids and Teens

MyStrands -- search for artist names or album names and listen sound
clips from each CD

CommonSense Media -- search for reviews (by adults and kids) of
specific CDs or browse their
Family Music section (teen music included) -- yearly reviews of children's music since 1995

Family Music Reviews for Concerned Parents -- reviews and ratings
of popular teen artists

Pandora Internet Radio  -- a free internet radio website where you
select an artist or song *that you like* and they play other songs that are
musically similar (based on specific elements and characteristics of each
song in their database), a great way to explore for new artists, styles, and
time periods!  The pull-down menus on the radio player take a while to
figure out, but teens can figure it out quicker than adults ;-)  
aren't any filters, though, to eliminate adult or inappropriate lyrics
--  parents need to supervise their children's selections

Just For Fun

Furry Happy Monsters by REM and The Muppets

The Banana Boat Song by Harry Belafonte & The Muppet Show

Mahna Mahna by The Muppets
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