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We inherited a “Baby Einstein” book: when you press buttons on the book, ugly midi-file (ice cream truck-style) excerpts of well-known classical pieces play.

It is handy to have these 16-bar themes accessible in one handy little book. But my child is only 9 months old. And it seems like such a waste to offer this as his first exposure to the symphonic world.

Kids are worth a few trips to the CD shelf (or iTunes library, or actual library). It is worth taking time to find and attend live concerts with kids.

Children’s music concerts and classes are great.

But so are all-age (“adult”) music concerts, especially outdoor music events and matinees, where you can bring snacks and/or sit near the door and duck out for little breaks.

Here’s to a summer of great music for kids of all ages!

Leap, Little Frog

a musician's musings on nesting, being creative, traveling, and parenting