Music for a 9-month old?
Stasia - posted on 03/23/2009
Wow all of these sound like such good ideas, my daughter listens to our music. she looooves reggae particularly Marley and Bedouin Soundclash, and she really likes the eagles (we have to be careful which songs she listens to with these sometimes.)
Maybe i should be investing in some kids CDs but for now she loves our music, as long as there are not bad words i don't think its a prolem. Oh, we also have the Curious George Album for the kids. She loves when the kids join in and sing "reduce reuse recycle" its cute.
Bonnie - posted on 03/22/2009
Good for you! Music is such a great thing for babies. For her development and for your sanity, I highly recommend creating a play list with as much variety of music as you can afford. And don't be shy about asking your friends to share their CD's with you. Seriously, the more the better! Below is a list of our favorite albums (i upload all our CD's to iTunes and create playlists, i.e., Morning Mix, Lullaby, etc.). We play them everyday. Her father also writes her songs and sings and plays the guitar to her everyday. I sing her songs acapella or along with the CD's. I don't have a good voice or anything. I do it because we both enjoy it and it is good for her language development.
Our daughter exhibited an interest in specific songs immediately (Kukaburra was the only thing that would calm her down from 0-3 months) and has been dancing, pounding on surfaces and tapping her toes to music for a few months now (she is 11 months). She just loves, loves, loves music and I think she may sing before she talks. She certainly started dancing long before she walked! :)
Toddlers Sing 'n Learn (my absolute favorite)
Kidzup Albums (150 preschool songs, 50 kindergarten hits)
Simply Silly Songs
Baby Einstein Albums (Playdate fun, Sing Along, Classic Lullaby, etc.)
Mariah - posted on 02/24/2009
Oh, and we're also doing Music Together classes, which I can recommend if you have any in your area. My son started at nine months, and though most of the kids in his class are 1.5 to 5 years old, he's really come a long way in terms of singing and rhythm and movement, in just a month or two so far. And he seems to enjoy it. The music from the class is not stuff I'd listen to on my own, but as a former musician, I can see the technical stuff he's learning. And some of the music is decent.
Mariah - posted on 02/24/2009
You look so much like my ex-boyfriend's sister, it's bizarre, and you have the same first name. If you also went to University of FLorida, then I'm pretty sure you are her, and what a bizarre coincidence.
Anyway, I have been really really happy with the Putomayo for Kids series. They have a series of CDs from different countries, with "Playground" or "Dreamland" or "Sing Along" after the name of the country. I have the French and Latin Playgrounds, the African Dreamland. We started listening at around 9-10 months, and he loves it, and I love it (the French one particularly, which is super fun).
We also listen to a lot of stuff with heavy rhythm, so, e.g., Rufus Thomas, Ray Charles, Jean Knight, the Vandellas, Otis Redding (we started with Otis practically out of the womb), that sort of thing. If you're interested, e-mail me offline (mariah wg at googles mailing program), I have a great Stax Soul compilation, or I could e-mail you some stuff from the French Putomayo record.
(We also listen to a lot of Bach, Mozart and Haydn, particularly string quartets or small chamber, and I'm thinking of adding some Bartok to the mix, just to keep it a little edgy.)
Tricia - posted on 02/22/2009
I love They Might Be Giants, both their kid's albums and their grown up music. Rafi is a perpetual classic with some great songs. It's a great idea to expose your children to a wide variety of music, so feel free to play him anything you enjoy and even to explore different generas of music together (the library is a good resource).
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