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The Young Child's Personal Music Playlist (Repertoire): A Context for Learning

Posted by Robert E. Johnson on 6 October 2011 | 0 Comments

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Very young children (ages 0-3) need a personal "playlist" of songs and classical musical compositions to serve as their cultural context for music learning. (See blog: Let's Start at the Very Beginning: Early Exposure to Music-the "Playlist".)

The following lists include important children's songs and classical compositions that are well known and appropriate for every child's "Playlist". Although many more selections are available, these examples were chosen because of their tonal and rhythmic content and their appeal to very young ears.

I. Thirty Children's Songs for the young child's "playlist".

1.   Alphabet Song

2.   Are You Sleeping

3.   B-I-N-G-O

4.   Baa, Baa Black Sheep

5.   Eensy, Weensy Spider

6.   Farmer in the Dell

7.   Hickory Dickory Dock

8.   Hokey Pokey

9.   Hot Cross Buns

10. Hush Little Baby

11. I'm a Little Teapot

12. If You're Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands

13. Jingle Bells

14. London Bridge

15. Looby Loo

16. Mary Had a Little Lamb

17. Mulberry Bush

18. Old MacDonald

19. Paw, Paw Patch

20. Ring Around the Rosies

21. Row, Row Your Boat

22. Six Little Ducks

23. Skip to My Lou

24. Teddy Bear

25. The Bear Went Over the Mountain

26. This Old Man

27. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

28. Wheels on the Bus

29. Where Is Thumbkin

30. Yankee Doodle

(Religious and holiday songs could also be included)


II. Thirty Classical Compositions for the young child's "playlist".

1.     Bach: Minuet in G (Anna Magdalena Notebook)

2.     Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C Major (Well Tempered Clavier No. 1)

3.     Beethoven: Bagatelle in A Minor ("Fur Elise")

4.     Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D-Rondo (3rd mvt.)

5.     Bizet: Carmen-March of the Toreadors

6.     Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5

7.     Chopin: Grand Valse Brilliante

8.     Debussy: Arabesque No 1.

9.     Dvorak: Slavonic Dance No. 3

10. Handel: Water Music Suite No. 1-Bourree (8th mvt.)

11. Handel: Water Music Suite No. 2-Hornpipe (2nd mvt.)

12. Haydn: Symphony No. 101 ("Clock") (2nd Movement)

13. Haydn: Symphony No. 94 ("Surprise") (2nd movement)

14. Haydn: Trumpet Concert in E-Flat (3rd Mvt.)

15. Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat (3rd Mvt.)

16. Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo)

17. Mozart: Andante in C Major for Flute and Orchestra

18. Mozart: Eine Kleine Nacht Musik (1st Mvt.)

19. Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture

20. Mozart: Minuet and Trio for Piano, K. 1

21. Mozart: Rondo Alla Turka (piano or orchestra)

22. Mozart: Rondo No.2 in C Major for Violin and Orchestra

23. Mozart: Twelve Variations in C Major on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

24. Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumble Bee

25. Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals-The Swan

26. Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever

27. Strauss: Radetsky March

28. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

29. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, "Spring"-Allegro (1st mvt.)

30. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, "Winter"-Largo (2nd mvt.)

(Note: Music enjoyed by children, such as "Peter and the Wolf", that describes a scene or tells a story are not listed. Those compositions should not be avoided, but it is important to include these pieces in the child's "Playlist" where the focus is on tonality, rhythm, and musical design or structure, rather than a story that the music represents.)

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