Raising a toddler… wow! If you’ve got one, you know what I mean.
I absolutely adore my son and generally feel like I’m pretty lucky. He usually obeys. He’s positive and smiles a lot. He usually eats his vegetables and picks up his toys. But I haven’t figured out the potty training thing yet and every once in a while (a lot more often since he turned two) my son throws a really terrible, embarrassing, screaming, throwing, kicking tantrum!
I’ve tried several different tactics for calming the storm but one method has proven to be the most effective so far…
A while back my son randomly picked the TV show “Daniel’s Neighborhood” (a cartoon spin-off of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood) from a line-up of shows on Netflix. We were watching the episode when one of the songs really stuck out to me. It was called, “When You Feel So Mad That You Want To Roar”. As the song played a couple times during the show I sang it under my breath so I could remember it later. I had the distinct feeling that it might help my son calm down.
It helped me that same day!
As promised in my last post “So your child wants to quit music lessons?“, here is a list of modern pop/rock songs for piano that you can introduce to your child or student (in no particular order). I plan on adding songs to the list as they are released or discovered. *Disclaimer: some are not appropriate for kids but would still be good matches for young adult/adult students.
- “Say Something” by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
- “Atlas” by Coldplay
- “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
- “Jar of Hearts” by Cristina Perri(more…)
This goes out to all of the parents, teachers and caretakers who’ve had enough of “Old McDonald” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”! Did you know there was Indie Music for kids?!?! Here are some songs that are fun enough for the kids and cool enough for you. Some of these bands do kids music full time and others dip their toes every once in a while. Check it!
1. “Green Light Go” by the Not-Its
2. “Gotta Be You” by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
When I first I thought of making this playlist I thought it would be a quick blog. I WAS SO WRONG! Finding music that is not only creative and inspiring but is also appropriate for a young person is no small feat! This playlist is for pre-teen/teen girls who use their brains, have self-respect, appreciate art and are in touch with their spirituality.