Do your children like to dance? Mine do. This morning we twirled and whirled in tutus together – yes, I put one on too. My daughter asked for “dancing music” so I flicked through the CD collection until I settled on one.
I didn’t choose The Wiggles, even though Dorothy rather considers herself a dino-ballerina.
I didn’t choose Justine Clarke, even though she’s hands down my favourite children’s entertainer.
I didn’t choose a Playschool album, or a Jimmy Giggle album, or any other children’s album.
So what DID I choose?
Haydn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Grieg. Yes, classical orchestral music by some of the world’s best composers. Despite my love for good qualitychildren’s music, I fear that at times we do our kids a disservice by not exposing them to music beyond this. It is valuable for little ears to hear different sounds from different places and different times. Rock music, classical music, folk music, jazz music, choral music and more. (Of course there is much adult music that is inappropriate for children so you may need to check any lyrics before you push play!)
I spent many hours rehearsing and playing in orchestras myself as a child and as a teenager, and I still enjoy cranking up the volume of a great piece every now and then. I can’t expect my kids to enjoy classical, or jazz (which I also love) with me if I never give them the opportunity to listen to it. Or dance to it.
Which genres of music do you enjoy,
and do your kids listen, sing or dance along too?