All children love music. Singing and dancing with our kids and playing recorded music in the car and at home is fun, but also provides important benefits. Research shows that music instruction for preschoolers positively associates with intellectual growth, initiation of social contact, and an emerging propensity for self-directed and group-directed learning.*
Music also introduces children to concepts about the world.
So what could be better than great children’s music even parents will enjoy, that also offers positive messages about diversity, gender roles, and different family configurations?
Alastair Moock, a GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter/performer who has won the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal twice, the ASCAP Children’s Music Award, and many other awards and accolades, has a fantastic album that does just that.
All Kinds of You and Me includes songs about two-dad and two-mom families, a boy “who feels his best in a big pink hat and a blue sundress,” and the great variety of people in our world:
People, people, people you meet
Look at all the people walking down the street
Everybody's different and that's pretty neat.
The songs are fun, not preachy, and they’ll have you and your child singing along and tapping your toes.
Alastair teaches music class to my preschoolers, and they adore him and love his music. He’s the real deal - talented, fun, and committed to using his music to plant the seeds of social justice.