Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sep9_Piano

It’s quiet in the house this week. For some strange reason I never liked background music. Maybe it’s because we didn’t have any sort of music playing device (except radio and TV, of course) at least during some periods of my childhood and we didn’t have any musical instruments in our tiny apartment. My mom attended music school, but apparently she did it more because her parents wanted her to go rather than because she loved playing a piano. I think the first time I heard her play was when my father and I gave her this keyboard as a birthday gift about 10 years ago.

I am tone deaf, and I had a very bad luck with music teachers in school. I didn’t even sing in the choir, because I happened to be sick when it was forming for my year. Of course, I had my favorite music when I was older, but I wasn’t wild about bands or going dancing as some of my girlfriends. All in all, I had a very “quiet” life until first my husband and then our daughter came along. My husband loves music and plays several instruments. He also took dancing lessons (another thing that I was never good at). I certainly hope that Anna inherits his music abilities, but so far it rather looks like she took after me. She is not naturally graceful, and when she “dances” – it’s really more like jumping around. She knows a lot of nursery rhyme songs, but it’s too funny to hear her singing them – even I know that the tune is off.

Still, I want to bring more music into her life. I am not talking about playing an instrument, but simply about listening to more music at home. We are kind of stuck in a rut with a few CDs of nursery rhyme songs and a few Raffi CDs. So now I have time and I have an iTunes gift card to expand our music library. All I need is your help. Share with me – what are some of your children’s favorite musicians/songs? We might try your choices here.

17 comments:

mbsings said...

We're big fans of music. We don't always have it playing in the house, but I have special mixes for my daughter on my ipod for the car. Some of our favorites at the moment are Lori Berkner, SteveSongs, Ralph's World and Peter Paul and Mary. My daughter is also big on a bunch of Disney songs. Listening to her sing in the car or watch her dance around the house is always a joy. Good luck!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

That's hard, because most "children's" songs are sung in those gratingly, high pitched, fake kids, voices. But, we do like Fred Penner. He's a Canadian performer. I sing his sandwich song to the children, anytime, anyone complains about what's for lunch.

Elise said...

Here in Australia, Savvy and Blakie are fans of Justine Clark. You can buy some of her songs from iTunes. Our favourites at the moment are:
I Like To Sing; Dinosaur Roar; Imagination and Doin' It (Making The Garden Grow).

These are some of our favourite songs to dance to at the moment.

Christy said...

My kids favorites are Laurie Berkner and Billy Jonas. If I had to pick, I would choose Billy Jonas. His CD, What Kind of Cat are You? is fantastic and even my husband doesn't mind having it on in the car. My kids have learned things from the CD too - photosynthesis is one example. I recommend it. We also listen to a lot of broadway musicals - My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Annie, etc. I know a lot of people like They Might be Giants for kids - we have two of their CDs, but I can only take them in small doses.

Debbie said...

Selena has a lot of CD's mostly children's songs. She does enjoy various music from the 80's that I enjoy listening to. I really don't have any great suggestions for you but Selena tends to sing to her own tune. She does enjoy playing on her harmonica, and recorder, but I can only handle those for a short while.

I did want to add though don't judge her dancing at this age for what it seems. Selena still jumps around, waves her arms, etc and calls it dancing.

Crunchy and Green said...

So I know it's not exactly what you asked, but I wanted to mention that you don't have to limit yourselves or Anna to children's musicians only. My kids favorites include Phantom of the Opera, March of the Toys by Victor Herbert, african drums and Winton Marsalis jazz music. If you play it for them, kids can learn to love any type of music!

Kim said...

We love Lori Berkner for fun kid's songs, and Beethoven's Wig CDs are a fun intro to classical music. I also like to log on to Pandora and just choose a music type so we can explore different genres.

MaryAnne said...

I like the Signing Time songs, they are fun even if you aren't signing them. "Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies" has a cute story that goes along with it, and I like "The Best of Wee Sing" as well. A bunch of Emma's friends have Laurie Berkner DVDs that they like, but I haven't invested in those for my kids yet.

You might also explore German or Russian children's music - we have a couple of CDs of children's songs in French that my kids REALLY like - they ask to listen to them all the time, and I hear them singing the songs during the day.

Fairion said...

We also do not have background music. I have trouble discriminating sounds and background music makes it hard for me to carry on a conversation. When music is on here, we are actively listening or at least I am.

One of our most favorite secular bands is They Might Be Giants. Their science disk is fun, catchy and educational.

Autumn said...

I always have music on in the house, but it's rarely kid music. Raffi is fun in the car when we can all sing along, but I find it nauseating just playing it in the house. I mostly play various styles of classical, some rock, Christian music, and jazz. The other day Copeland's Rodeo was playing and Tommy said, "I like this music, this is fun!" :)

It seems too empty and echoey (is that even a word?) in the house without background music on. I plug my iPhone into a speaker and play various stations on Pandora all day (you can do this too if you have an iPod with internet capability).

I'd love for the boys to have music lessons someday soon, but it's just not in the budget right now.

littlewondersdays said...

We have background music on during the late afternoon. It's a different genre most days and it comes through our cable tv.

Little J has had a cd player in his room since he was a baby. He called me to his room one day and told me I just had to hear this beautiful music, it was Pachelbel's Cannon in D Major.

Our library has a children's cd collection. Maybe if your library has one too you could check some out and see what Anna enjoys.

Justin Roberts and Dan Zanes are a couple of our favorites. Their songs are silly, but the tunes are catchy.

Sorry for the long comment!

Discovering Montessori said...

Animals! Animals! by Wee Sing has been a big hit with my children, my 12 year still request songs from this cd. I bet you will catch yourself singing these songs long after the cd player was turned off.

Brimful Curiosities said...

My kids attend "Music Together" class with me. It's an interactive class involving singing, dancing and playing with scarves, a play parachute, kitchen utensils and, of course, a ton of different instruments. We get to take a CD home each semester with the songs on it. Those CDs are my kids favorite because they've heard the songs so often, can sing them from memory, and have interacted with the music personally. It's a wonderful program and both my children can perfectly match pitches and repeat rhythms.

Though we listen to many different musical genres, other favorite kids CDs in our collection include Laurie Berkner, Milkshake, Francis England, Susie Tallman, They Might Be Giants and Dan Zanes. My daughter also loves Broadway music like Annie and Cats.

http://www.zooglobble.com/ is a great blog to learn about new kids music.

Infant Bibliophile said...

My husband is definitely the musical one too. He plays piano and guitar. He has taught my son to do name that tune with Bach, Beethoven, Mendelhhson etc. Like you, I haven't had much luck with children's music, so I'll look forward to the comments here. I should send you my favorite youtube of my son "dancing" - I still can't watch it without laughing and it is a year old.

Infant Bibliophile said...

Also, @Brimful, we've been thinking about doing Music Together - glad to hear you like it.

My Family My Forever said...

I love music. I cannot sing, but I love music--all kinds. I have always tried to have a variety of music on since Hanna was a baby. Everything from classical to kids' music. I know for my kids slow music can really set a peaceful tone in our home. Jamie and I were actually just discussing this tonight!

My Family My Forever said...

Forgot....

We like Billy Jonas, Laughing Pizza, Laurie Berkner, Janice Kapp Perry, and any classical CD's. I also play Disney soundtracks like Mary Poppins and some of the older classic Disney songs. There are more, but this is a good start:-).