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Debating your kids’ music playlist: children’s music or adult music?

December 23, 2011


John Flohr with day care center students in Texas in 1999. Flohr's research concluded that all children benefit from an early appreciation of music. (AP File Photo)

Hour 1

What kind of music should parents be playing for their kids? Should parents dive into the growing world of music aimed at children, or should they just play their favorite “adult” music and hope the kids grow to love it? This hour, we’re talking about kids’ music that parents won’t hate, from the classics to cutting edge songs that appeal to young listeners. JEFF BOGLE is an Exton-based blogger and cultural critic who reviews the best of contemporary all-ages music at his popular “Out With The Kids” blog and for Time Out New York Kids Magazine; he believes we’re in “the Golden Age of Family Music.” But TOM MOON, longtime music critic for NPR and formerly for the Philadelphia Inquirer, says he “HATES children’s music,” and believes that “all music is kids music.” Today, we’ll play music that kids do and should love, and debate what kind of music parents can and should be playing for their kids.

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