Good music is one of the joys of life. And educators know that early introduction to music is a great way to begin the learning process. The lyrics and rhythms of music build skills leading to good reading and math proficiency, and besides … music is fun.

Your pre-schoolers will absolutely love the five kindie music groups listed below. Grab their songs for your playlists and consider going to their concerts. It's never too early for the introduction of quality musical experiences for your little ones.

  • Dan Zanes and Friends

    Dan Zanes has been around a long time and is known as The Crown Prince of Kids' Music. His energy is contagious as he connects kids to the music of the past. He's won many awards including a Grammy for his engaging and multi-cultural musical offerings.

  • Elizabeth Mitchell

    Elizabeth Mitchell introduces children to the delights of traditional American music. Her folk and bluegrassy sounds take children back to the times of the Carter family and Woody Guthrie. Mitchell focuses on language exploration in her simple and charming videos. Songs such as "Froggie Went a Courtin'" entertain and engage children in beautiful ways.

  • Trout Fishing in America

    NPR has dubbed Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet the Lennon and McCartney of Kids' Music. This award-winning group is famous for songs such as "My Hair Had a Party Last Night". This country-rock group will have your kids' toes tapping in no time.

  • The Okee Dokee Brothers

    Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing have been lifelong friends. This Colorado-born duo brings your kids songs about friendships and the great outdoors. They encourage creativity and an enjoyment of nature. Their bluegrass style gets everyone dancing along to the rhythms. This group is foot-stomping fun.

  • Justin Roberts

    This Grammy award nominee is both a songwriter and performer. He hails from Chicago and his band is called The Not Ready for Naptime Players. His songs are all about growing up. Roberts is prolific and has produced thirteen albums of songs for kids.


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Jan Pierce. M.Ed. is a writer and the author of "Homegrown Readers" and "Homegrown Family Fun" available at Amazon.com. Find Jan at janpierce.net.