How do I choose music that is appropriate for the children in my child care program?

Music is an important addition to any early childhood program. Participating in music teaches children a variety of skills, including

  • creative expression
  • understanding of emotions
  • rhythm
  • memory
  • appreciation of different cultures and musical styles

Creating music is also an enjoyable activity. When choosing music, try to introduce a variety of different types and styles. Start with the American Library Association’s Notable Children’s Recordings list (which includes both recorded stories and music) and the vast Children’s Music Web.

But don’t limit your children to just “kid” music. Research shows that children who are introduced to, and encouraged to listen to, many different kinds of music do better in school. For more information, visit the eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care article about skills children learn from music activities.