Children's / Kid's Music Resources

 

A study by E. Glenn Schellenberg at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, as published in a 2004 issue of Psychological Science, found a small increase in the IQs of six-year-olds who were given weekly voice and piano lessons. Another study published in 2006 by Christopher Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas, revealed that students in elementary schools with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests, compared to schools with low-quality music programs, regardless of socioeconomic disparities among the schools or school districts. A five-year study by the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at USC began a five-year study in 2012 to examine the impact of music instruction on children’s social, emotional and cognitive development. The study found that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills.

Following are resources to help parents, teachers, and others maximize the powerful role that music can play in the lives of children.

  • 10+ Music and Movement Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
    Here are 10+ ideas that can work well during circle time or any time there is that extra level of energy that needs to be burned.
  • Becky's Campfire Songbook
    A great site for finding children's songs, this site has a large listing of songs sung around campfires and at youth group meetings for years. Organized by type such as rounds, action songs, silly songs and more. There are also ideas for skits, campfire planning, guide songs and links to other song sites.
  • BusSongs.com
    The largest collection of children's music on the Internet - with lyrics, videos, and music for over 2000 kid's songs and nursery rhymes.
  • Chicago Children's Music Classes
    Find the best music classes for Chicago kids, from silly music for babies and tots, to more serious music classes for future virtuosos. If your little one has a knack for rhythm, moving and grooving, then a music class is a great way to release that inner musician.
  • Children's Music - LDS Church Music
    Resources for children's music found on the LDS Church Music Web Site and the Primary Web Site, plus some additional music for children not available elsewhere.
  • Childrens Music Portal
    Featuring information, resources, articles, links, and music for and by artists, educators, parents and children.
  • The Children's Music Network
    The Children's Music Network shares life-affirming, multicultural music for, by, and with young people.
  • Children's Music Workshop
    A music education company which specializes in a variety of products and services including custom designed band and orchestra method books, school site music instruction, instrument sales and rentals, music education advocacy and more.
  • Classics for Kids
    Classical music's great composers come to life through music and stories.
  • Colorín Colorado Hispanic Heritage Music for Kids
    These CDs and DVDs feature a wide range of children's music recorded in English and Spanish, including well-known folk songs and nursery rhymes from Latin America, as well as bilingual songs written by popular artist José-Luis Orozco.
  • Creating Music
    A children's online creative music environment for children of all ages. It's a place for kids to compose music, play with musical performance, music games and music puzzles.
  • DSO Kids
    The site features games, listen and learn, and various teacher resources, from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
  • Daria - World Music for Children
    DARIA creates award-winning multi-cultural childrenʼs music and tours with her unique interactive concerts. The website was given a 2009 Parent's Choice Award for its family-friendly introduction of world music to young people and it's resources for teachers, parents and special education professionals. The instrument section allows children to color, hear and find pdf instructions on how to make world music instruments such as cajónes (box drums), didgeridoos, shekeres, pow-wow drums and guiros along with cultural background information.
  • DataDragon Online Music Tutorials and Guides
    Learning about and listening to different instruments, reading music, musical genres and links to additional sites.
  • Free Kids Music
    Well-crafted music from talented, fiercely-independent children’s music artists who do what they do because they believe kids are important. They post some free music downloads here to introduce you to their music. These are complete songs, not edited versions. And they are high quality…not poor quality versions designed to "tease" into buying an album. All the music downloads for kids you’ll find on this site are FREE: listen, download, play them on your computer, or burn them to a personal CD for boombox or car listening (of course, you can’t copy and re-sell them to others…).
  • From the Top
    From the Top is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of young classically-trained musicians. Designed for young classical musicians, the website has: The Green Room, Hall of Fame, Answer Zone, Student Lounge, a Reference Room and an area for parents and teachers. Partnered with the highly successful From The Top radio program, this site offers the more "serious" young musicians an opportunity to hear from others like them and benefit from socialization of sorts with others like themselves.
  • JazzKids
    JazzKids was created for children of all ages. The website offers teachers, parents and even the youngest students the opportunity to be introduced to jazz. The interactive audio, video and curriculum are not intended to replace a teacher!
  • Know Your Composers: Famous People of Classical Music
    Classical music encompasses the period from approximately 1750 until 1820. Some of the greatest music and composers of all time come from this period. If one were to do a people search of classical composers, many notable names would pop up, each of them responsible for works that are still enjoyed today and inspire new generations of composers.
  • Listen & Learn Music
    Listen & Learn Music is the home of over 200 music therapy songs and early childhood music resources by board-certified music therapist Rachel Rambach.
  • Listen & Learn Music
    Listen & Learn Music is the home of over 200 music therapy songs and early childhood music resources by board-certified music therapist Rachel Rambach.
  • Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Nursery Rhymes of All Nations
    "The intent of this site is to give people a sense of the nursery rhymes and songs sung by or to children in cultures around the world." Site provides words and music and was created by Lisa Yannucci.
  • M.U.S.I.C. - Musicians United for Songs in the Classroom, Inc.
    A nonprofit organization promoting arts integration through the study of popular music.
  • Music For Minors
    A non-profit organization founded in 1975, dedicated to nurturing in children a life long love of music.
  • Music Without Borders
    A virtual visit to World Music classrooms. The BC Teachers' Federation hosts this site that includes ideas and learning resources for teachers interested in working with world music in the classroom.
  • Music Games | PBS KIDS
    Learn about music and play games with your favorite PBS KIDS characters like Elmo, Arthur, the Cat in the Hat and Daniel Tiger!
  • A Musical Playground for Kids: Music Theory Lessons
    Music and playgrounds finally go hand in hand with modern designs for outdoor use. Add any of these music lessons to create a true learning playground.
  • New York Philharmonic Kidzone
    Hear instruments, watch interviews with musicians and follow this orchestra around the world. You will also learn about composers, creating music and about the symphony's conductors. There is also a teacher resource center with curriculum ideas and lesson plans.
  • The Piano Education Page
    A comprehensive and informative site in both English and Spanish, that offers information on the history and development of the piano; buying and caring for a piano; how to find a teacher; teaching methods for adults and children; reviews of piano and music software; links to midi and sheet music files; as well as biographies and midi files of famous composers.
  • Putumayo Kids
    Explore and celebrate the cultures of the world through music. There are also links for parents and kids and a "Sing along" link.
    A list of music resources for educators, including music history, famous musicians, sheet music, and much more.
  • San Francisco Symphony Kids
    A music learning website for children and families.
  • Sing Along Songs (Midis and Lyrics)
    Presented by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences as a means of introducing kids to science and research interests.
  • Songs for Scouts
    This site has lots of good old campfire songs, silly and gross songs, holiday songs, chants, and other songs you might have remembered as a Girl or Boy Scout or as a camper anywhere.
  • Songs for Teaching
    At SongsForTeaching.com, they listen to all of the music they recommend, selecting music that they hope you (and your students!) will find enjoyable and educationally useful. Whenever possible, they try to offer printable lyrics and teaching tips.
  • Starshine Music
    Musicals and songs to teach, motivate and inspire your children - something for everyone! United Kingdom company but ships world wide.
  • TuneIn
    Stream music and music podcasts for kids.
  • teoría : Music Theory Web
    teoria.com is a web site dedicated to the study and practice of music theory. They've been a part of the Internet community since January 1997. teoria.com has been developed by José Rodríguez Alvira as a complement for his courses at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico.
  • Universal Children's Audio (UCA)
    Founded in 1987 by David Antony Clark and Radha Sahar, UCA Music is the first record company in New Zealand dedicated to creating music just for children.
  • Traditional Children's Music for Handbells
    The brain-child of Heidi Schmidt, a former middle school teacher and home-educator.