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Parents need to know that The Fresh Beat Band treats preschoolers to a music-filled good time while promoting kid-friendly messages about friendship, imagination, self-expression, and cooperation. Kids are also exposed to a spectrum of musical instruments and musical concepts like lyrics, tempo, and harmony. The show’s fairly juvenile, silly humor probably won’t appeal to older kids, but it’s a fine choice for the preschool set.
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In each episode of THE FRESH BEAT BAND, the four band members -- Marina (Shayna Rose), Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Twist (Jon Beavers), and Shout (Thomas Hobson) -- encounter a challenge that stops them in their tracks and calls for their combined problem-solving skills. Whether it’s joining forces to write a new song or finding a way to cheer up a friend, these perky pals are always ready to pitch in and play their part.
Is it any good?
Preschoolers will find it hard to sit still watching this upbeat series, which is overflowing with the kind of zany comedy kids love, along with catchy original tunes and motivating dance numbers. Though the show's breathless pace at times borders on chaotic, it’s a forgivable snag, since each episode of The Fresh Beat Band includes plenty of positive messages and music appreciation. Kids will learn about musical concepts like duets, tempo, and rhythm as well as a range of musical instruments, and they'll see how multiple elements combine to form a song.
Plus, the perky stars demonstrate teamwork and consideration for others in everything they do, reminding kids that when you put friendship first, everything else falls into place. The content and musical selections in each episode tap into important issues that will ring true with kids -- like tackling new challenges, being creative, and knowing your limits -- so parents can rest assured that their preschoolers are gleaning positive messages amid all the fun.
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Families can talk about what problem the characters faced in a particular episode of The Fresh Beat Band. How did they solve it? What resources did they use? Have you ever experienced a similar problem? What did you do?
What kinds of music do you like? How does music make you feel? Would you like to play an instrument? If so, which one?
Kids: What are some of your favorite TV shows? Why do you like them? What rules does your family have about TV?
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