Rock or pop, country or classical, there's a kiddie artist making music for kids in every genre. And grown-up artists like They Might Be Giants, Barenaked Ladies, and Lisa Loeb have recently recorded best-selling albums for kids. But why give your kids cutesy versions of the real thing? Preschoolers know a good thing when they hear it -- make sure you expose them to the music you love in addition to albums aimed at others their age.
Here are some tips for introducing your child to more sophisticated music:
Here are some artists that my three year old has enjoyed:
I'm not saying that there aren't artists making fantastic music for children -- I'm not ashamed to say that I've listened to Elizabeth Mitchell albums when my kid isn't even around. But if your kid loves music, she deserves to hear more than that. Your little rocker will thank you for expanding her musical horizons.
Shauna is the Nashville City Editor for The Savvy Source. You can read more of her work every day at Being Savvy Nashville.
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