Research has shown that music promotes learning and improves academic performance. Songs can help us learn our ABCs, remember our state capitals, and memorize the names of our former Presidents. Songs can also teach us about science and history and can even help us learn a foreign language. We've put together a few websites and links we thought you might find resourceful.
Schoolhouse Rock! episodes comprise of short, educational cartoons that teach kids about multiplication, grammar, science, history, and politics. The first episodes aired in 1973, and many of us grew up watching them as kids. In 1994, new episodes were aired to teach kids about managing money (on both a personal level and on a governmental scale), and in 2009, more episodes were created that focused on protecting our environment.Learn More: Visit Wikipedia to learn about its history and about the different episodes.Watch the Videos: There is no official YouTube channel, but many people have uploaded videos. You can find a good selection here: http://www.youtube.com/SchoolhouseRockVids
Print the Lyrics: http://www.schoolhouserock.tv/
Animaniacs is a cartoon series produced by Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. It's popular among children and, due to its cartoon violence and adult humor and content, it appeals to adults, as well. You may find some of the episodes disconcerting, but the show did feature educational segments covering math, history, science, and social studies, often in musical form.Learn More: Visit Wikipedia to learn about its history, voices, music, and about the different episodes.Watch the Videos: Again, there is no official YouTube channel, but many people have uploaded the educational episodes. You can find a variety of playlists here: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=animaniacs+educational%2C+playlist&
Buy It: Animaniacs DVDs
Here are a few other great YouTube channels and websites offering free educational music for kids:
- LeapFrog Educational Songs: Brought to you by LeapFrog's official site. Includes songs for learning the alphabet and counting.
- Ms. Patty's Kids Music: Original songs for everyone by Patty Shukla. Educational songs, action and movement songs, story songs, and more.
- kidsknowit.com: Totally free educational songs you play online using a built-in music player. Songs are organized by topic.
- learinggamesforkids.com: A collection of educational songs and videos for preschoolers and kindergarteners.
Recommended Non-free Resources
- Educational Rap: Offers hip-hop song and worksheets for teachers. You can download individual songs, groups of songs, order CDs, or subscribe to their streaming service. Every song comes in multiple versions and includes free worksheets.
- Songs for Teaching: Thousands of children's songs, lyrics, sound clips and teaching suggestions. You can search songs by subject or artist.