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Age-Appropriate Music for Kids

The Best Music for Children Ages 0-10


Kids Music
Courtesy Dean Jones

What is Age-Appropriate?

When it comes to music for children, what is age-appropriate? What does that even mean? Appropriate as opposed to morally or socially unacceptable, or appropriate on a developmental and educational level? And who sets these standards of appropriateness? Early childhood experts? Parents? Local religious precepts? Community mores? State laws?

Trust Your Instincts

The bottom line is this: trust your parental instincts. If you feel uncomfortable having your child hear a particular song or watch a specific video, ask yourself what bothers you about it and tell your kid why you feel that way, if they're old enough to discuss it with you.


Even with the best music collection in the world, nothing beats singing to your baby, playing instruments with your toddler, dancing with your preschooler, or reciting nursery rhymes to them. In fact, until they've reached an age where they can comprehend "appropriateness," feel free to keep up the one-on-one musical activities with your child and don’t even bother with CDs.

Top Picks

Here are some of the best recently-released albums for children that I’ve classified by age group according to my general idea of appropriateness:

Music for Babies and Toddlers

Music for Preschoolers and Early Elementary Children

Music for Upper Elementary Children

  • Captain Bogg & Salty, Prelude to Mutiny
  • The Jellydots, Changing Skies
  • Mr. Leebot, Activate!
  • Morgan Taylor, Gustafer Yellowgold’s Have You Never Been Yellow?
  • Recess Monkey, Wonderstuff
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Easy
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