It’s never too early to start your child’s journey to music aficionado. These audio gems can help.
Good news parents, there’s a way to give kids a screen break without forgoing engrossing and educational content. Podcasts, and in particular musical ones, offer a dynamic, attention-grabbing learning opportunity that by their very nature, incite a theater in the minds of little listeners. Below are some hidden gems of musical podcasts that have the potential to teach and delight.
David Walliams, the English comedian, children’s author and television personality, is perfectly suited to host this utterly silly yet somehow thorough romp through classical music history. Walliams deftly engages his audience with historical adventures, telling stories of the piano, Franz Liszt and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the help of cartoonish scenes and goofy re-enactments from across the eras of musical history. This 10-part program manages to pack a joke into every beat without feeling forced, and provides a rare example of humor in a children’s program that tickles kids and adults alike.
Every Sunday, tap into an indie music hour that just so happens to be made for kids but has the vibe of a local college radio station (one with age-appropriate subjects, lyrics and guest D.J.s.). Each weekly episode is organized into “sets” and has well-curated tunes to help introduce your child to cool bands like They Might Be Giants and musicians such as Andrew Bird, guaranteeing your child will stay engaged. And if you have a budding D.J. on your hands, check out “The Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl,” which provides two hours of “kindie music from today to yesterday” once a week out of Chattanooga State Community College in Tennessee.