Think of a safari in Africa, a boat tour down the canals of Venice, or a hike in the Alaskan wilderness. All of these adventures conjure images as well as sounds in our minds!
Not all families have the desire or luxury to go on a whirlwind tour of Southeast Asia with young children, but luckily, through music, you can explore the world from your closest speaker.
First, consider what type of music your family typically listens to. Do you stick to tried and true selections from your child’s favorite television shows? Or perhaps you have family traditions that include musicals, opera, or the latest top 40 dance beats.
Whatever it is, we now invite you to think outside the box. Maybe you’ll find new favorites! And your child will definitely be intrigued by new instrumentation and musical genres. Start with this Guidepost Parent playlist on Youtube, “World Music for Children.”
Just a note, the selections included in the playlist are a broad look at music from around the world, and of course there are so many more great pieces to listen to. If you have suggestions to add to our playlist, we’d love to hear them!
Explore World Music
Here are some of the selections included in the playlist above including short descriptions:
- “Didgeridoo, Handpan, and Asalato”: A shop dedicated to the art of making Didgeridoo’s features some in-house music with guests! Entrancing and beautiful music from Australia.
- “Klezmer Dance”: A musical tradition from Eastern Europe, this lively tune features the clarinet. Dance along!
- “Ojos Azules (Blue Eyes)”: From the Andes of South America, enjoy the soothing melodies of panpipes and guitar. What else do you hear?
- “Boil Them Cabbage Down”: Here’s an American folk song from a modern group. Speak to your child about the banjo and fiddle!
- “The Running River”: Some drum beats from Africa will be sure to engage your child, can you keep the beat?
- “Flowers in the Moonlight in a Spring Night on the River”: The title alone evokes vivid imagery, but wait until you hear the sounds of these traditional Chinese instruments.
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