t’s a given that music has the power to heal and inspire people. When the day (or your life situation, or the times) get you down, you know that the sound of music can help pull you through.
It works for children, too. Parents and kids, who are bombarded daily with negative and scary media messages, are looking for ways to amplify their attempt to live a happy and meaningful life.
Music not only improves one’s personal life, it can also plant the idea that each person can make a difference in the wider world. Call it self-esteem or empowerment, or “woke”-ness, it’s a quality we all want to make sure children gain as they grow. When children are joyful and inspired, they gain strength to do great things.
Today’s family music artists, who work and perform with children every day, know how influential their lyrics and melodies can be. A few recent releases provide proof of how even the simplest song can resonate with young listeners. As blogger Jeff Cohen noted at the start of 2017, even the worst days can improve with a good song: “You don’t have to be happy to be optimistic and that’s the promise of children’s music. Broke a toy? Split your time between mommy and daddy? Scared of new foods? Kids can change emotions in the span of a drumbeat. It may only take one note of a special song from a fun performer.”
Parents’ Choice Foundation President Claire Green advises, “When music is good, it can change a mood and an outlook. A frown turns upward, a scuff turns into a skip, a clenched fist becomes an open hand. Combine good music with good — and genuine — messages, and the possibility for positive effect increases. Don’t preach, and don’t force it. Kids understand authenticity and are apt to repeat it.”
Learn more about some new and inspiring songs HERE.
Listen to a playlist of “Songs To Inspire” the young people in your life, by clicking HERE.