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This month features music that inspires dancing, movement, and activity! Be sure to come back each month to hear a new selection of children's music—and don't miss the growing archive of children's songs.

Walk or Ride

The Not-Its!

 
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About our music: Our music is very up-tempo and high energy, and we aim for engaging song content that engages children and parents.  The recordings have an indie rock sound that includes distorted guitars, booming drums, and nice harmonies.  The live show will have the kids tired out before we’ve hit 30 minutes.

About this song: This song is a reminder that, when given a choice to walk or ride—walk!  The lyrics illustrate the unexpected beauty nature has to offer when “using our feet to get from there to here”.  A short walk outdoors is just enough to refresh the mind, body and spirit!  Our friend Kevin Suggs played the pedal steel guitar on this song.

What I hope children, teachers and families get from this songWe hope this song inspires teachable moments that help instill a love of nature in our children. “See it, feel it, listen well – slow down and take a break. It matters!” Connecting children with nature and learning through their senses is a healthy way to find happiness in our ever-changing surroundings. 

www.wearethenot-its.com


The Freeze

Greg and Steve

 
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About this song: "The Freeze" is a fun game where children dance and move freely to the music. But when the music stops, they must freeze and be still. You can encourage big dramatic moves to help children focus on their bodies. You can also ask very young children to make a funny face to help focus on being still during the freeze moment. Children will discover many funny poses and freezes while playing this game. Capture them with your digital camera and share. While having fun, they are also learning to control their bodies and developing important listening skills.

www.gregandsteve.com


Big Trip

Lloyd Miller

 
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About your music: I'm primarily known as the leader of the Deedle Deedle Dees, a band specializing in songs inspired by history, science, folklore, and literature. S.S. Brooklyn is an album I made in between Dees' records for people who come to my weekly sing-a-longs in Brooklyn. Some of the songs were developed in music and movement programs I've taught. "Big Trip" has accompanying movements and has been a teaching tool with babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and even primary grade children. 

About this song: “Big trip" is a song about motion, about moving around New York City and beyond. This song tries to capture the excitement of journeys big and small from the perspective of someone seeing and experiencing things the way a kid does: bigger, scarier, cooler, and more dramatic. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, for example, is an astounding feat of athleticism and bravery for a child, one where you see all these famous landmarks and let yourself get overwhelmed by the amazing world we live in. 

What I hope children, teachers and families get from this song: An appreciation for the magic of everyday trips -- and bigger trips -- as shared experiences, routes to discovering new things about ourselves and about each other. 

© Lloyd Miller

www.lloydhmiller.com

Wave Your Hands Up High

Mike Soloway

 
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About your music: Over the past 12 years I have developed an innovative approach to music for young children from my experience as a preschool music teacher. My approach starts with predictable lesson structure and routine infused with relaxation, fun, and humor. Out of this grows an understanding of basic elements of music: pitch, beat, meter, structure and also a desire for creative self-expression.

I’ve found that preschool children love certain characteristics in songs, including fun and stimulating phonetic sounds; activity songs with a clear progression of actions (e.g., building a house or making a pizza); and stories/poems/chants of clear motions, vocal inflections, and structures.

About this song: Wave Your Hands Up High is about simple concepts of motion – wave them high, wave them low, dance around, etc. I say just have fun and do it!

What I hope children, teachers and families get from this song: I hope that when you hear the phrase, “Wave your hands up high” you might wave them up high, but if you decide you’d rather wave them down low just for fun, that’s okay too!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/mike-soloway/id30797906

Jump Up

Dan Zanes

 
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About our music: My music consists of old and news songs from here and there.
 
About this song: I was thinking about the social dance parties called jump ups and it occurred to me that “Jump Up” would be a great song title. Once I had that, the song wrote itself.
 
What I hope children, teachers and families get from this song: I hope this song inspires plenty of jumping!
 
© Dan Zanes
 
My Hula Hoop

Miss Nina

 
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About our music: I taught a “Mommy & Me” preschool-readiness program in NYC for years and created many of my songs for our curriculum — melodies I’ve written to popular children’s books or songs to support classroom themes. I’m also a trained dancer and my love of rhythm and movement seems to make its way into most of my songs. 

About this song: The inspiration for this song was a bunch of hula hoops and the nannies who attended my class.  Every day we’d have 30 minutes of open play in the gym. When I got the hoops out one day for the little ones, all the adults grabbed them too and started showing their skills! It’s amazing for children to witness adults having fun in healthy ways.  We always talk about how adults need to model behavior for children, and we usually interpret that to mean appropriate behavior. But I passionately believe it’s also important for us to model how to have fun.

 
What I hope children, teachers and families get from this song: I hope they have some active fun together.  And of course there’s educational aspects of the song subtly thrown in — the concepts of up, down, and around, as well as fun and easy rhymes to the “oop” sound. 
 
© Nina Stone