JAM--Music for Movement with Children

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Fun music and movement for young kids and family.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Learning through music and rhythmic movement.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD, designed for teaching movement and rhythm to young children, is also fun for adults to listen to, although critical ears may find the recording quality uneven.

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What's the story?

Classically trained pianist Charity Kahn tickles the ivories in various styles to accompany her clever original songs on JAM, a CD intended for teaching movement and rhythm to young children. \"Your Body's an Instrument\" is a fun track that gets kids to \"clap, slap, stomp, tap\" along and stop and be silent in the middle of a rhythm. \"Creeper Walk\" uses boogie woogie piano and voice to create a compelling rhythm. A walking bass line and a train-like chuga percussion track take the \"Kids Train\" into the blues. \"Major Scale\" describes fundamental music theory in an engaging way. The standard \"Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes\" is jazzed up with new lyrics by Charity --\"my head is for carryin' my brain around...my toes are for keepin' my feet on the ground.\"

Is it any good?


"I See the World" and "Upside Down" are folky songs about "seeing the world in a different way." "Namaste" and "Lay Down My Dear Children" slow the pace for resting after all the movement. Flute, guitar, bass, and mandolin add variation to the songs and percussion doesn't overpower. Charity's pleasing voice and musical approach will please young children and most parents and teachers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how music motivates movement. Also, some of the lyrics can promote discussions; for example, what is meant by "seeing the world in a different way" in the folky songs "I See the World" and "Upside Down"?

Music details

Artist:Charity Kahn and the JAM Band
Release date:April 20, 2002
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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