Classical Music for Children

Classical Music for ChildrenPerhaps one of the most well thought-out and brilliantly put together classical music for children’s series on DVD is the “Classical Baby” collection marketed through HBO and directed/produced by Amy Schatz. The executive director is Sheila Nevins and other producers are Sabina Barach, Beth Levinson, and Dolores Morris. While it is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to show babies television under the age of 2, we highly recommend this series for older children between the ages of 2 and 4.

The “Classical Baby” DVDs consists of four different parts. They are individually sold and named as follows:

 

 

The Music Show
The Art Show
The Dance Show
The Poetry Show

The series exposes children to a wide range of music, cultures, and art, while presenting the material through the eyes of a young child.
Music, played by master soloists from around the globe, accompanies high quality graphical effects, art, cartoon dancers, and a storyline that intertwine together. Our only criticism is the fact that the child depicted announces the titles of each selection in a “baby voice” which means that young impressionable toddlers are apt to repeat these sounds without learning proper diction.

“Classical Baby” has won two Emmy Awards in 2006 and a Peabody Award in 2005. The judges of the Peabody stated that “this whimsical, charming, deceptively simple marriage of animation to the music of Tchaikovsky, Bach and Ellington becomes an interactive treat for young children and parents alike.”

We recommend that parents watch this classical music for children series with their children and interact with them during and after the DVD’s play. There is much that can be learned through the subjects presented in these media and at the very least, they help children and parents to engage in conversation about a shared fascination with high quality materials.

Daniel Broniatowski, D.M.A.
Maestro Musicians Academy
Parent tested, Child approved
Greater Boston