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Teaches music history, influencers and terminology. Potentially complicated musical lessons are delivered thoughtfully and effectively to make them accessible for young listeners and interesting for all. Clearly stated themes in each episode, supported by numerous examples related to the learning goal. Themes include: rhythm, symphony, musical style, era, and purpose. Carly guides kids and families to her website where they can access free, specially-curated playlists that accompany each episode, as well as links to additional information pertaining to each show.
Music is a form of expression and a tool to learn and experience life through. Creativity, curiosity and freedom of expression are major themes. Lessons are easy to understand through clear explanations. Focus is on the many ways music is and has always been used for multiple purposes by people across the world and throughout time. The overall feeling is that music offers something for everyone and that everyone can find music that uniquely inspires them.
Positive Role Models
Host Carly Seifert is kind, caring, patient and passionate as she teaches young children about music. She takes larger musical concepts and breaks them down in a way little listeners and older listeners can both understand and implement. She constantly supports curiosity and confidence in music.
Teaches about musical themes and styles including origins, traditions, and religions, including exposure to some Native American and Indigenous cultures. Listeners can compare music from various places and time periods. The music of more than a dozen countries are presented, spanning the North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Composers and sound bites of both male and female musicians and singers show a variety of skills and talents across gender, geography and educational backgrounds.
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Host directs listeners to her website where free additional resources and curated playlists to accompany each episode can be found.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Busy Kids Love Music is an educational podcast that introduces musically curious families and kids of all ages to numerous different styles and genres of music. Host Carly Siefert's stories and explanations of selected pieces bring life and meaning to music. Carly makes connections so that kids can relate to what they're hearing, even if it was composed by someone hundreds of years ago. Whether kids are familiar with the sound bites they're listening to or are hearing them for the first time, they'll enjoy learning about the history or traditions behind the music. Episodes cover the basic elements of music, introductions to individual musical instruments, and more complex subjects like rhythm, perspective, and purpose. Carly guides kids and families to her website where they can access free, specially-curated playlists that accompany each episode, as well as links to additional information pertaining to each show.
Is It Any Good?
The magic of music is in the way it can reach us all personally in unique meaningful ways. Busy Kids Love Music is a competent crash-course in some of the infinite ways we hear and experience music. Along with many sound bites to support each idea, host Carly Seifert offers some of the history behind the pieces. She helps listeners interpret what they're hearing with greater perspective into why and how it was originally created, and how it may have been changed or re-interpreted over time. Carly skillfully introduces a range of music that may not otherwise be easily discovered, expanding listeners' exposure to world perspectives and sounds. Her curated playlists that accompany each episode further the educational experience and give listeners a chance to hear musical pieces in their entirety can be found free on her website.
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