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Teaching values through music: Down by the River Review


Music is an important part of my life. I started violin lessons at age 4, added piano at 8, and went on to study organ and voice in college. I love good children’s music, and Vicki Christensen’s Down by the River stands out for a few reasons. Each song has its own feel – the CD reflects several different musical styles, features a diverse range of singers and instrumentation (well-matched to the various styles), and is designed to teach in a very gentle and imaginative way. It was also created by my incredibly talented aunt!

My kids love singing along and dancing to this CD, and they are big fans of the illustrated picture book that goes along with the album’s title song. It was also a hit with our friends when we drove to the zoo together this week! If you are looking for a CD of fun children’s music that gets kids thinking and won’t drive you crazy as it is played over and over and over, this collection is a safe bet!

MaryAnne at Mama Smiles
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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

10 thoughts on “Teaching values through music: Down by the River Review”

  1. Elisa | blissfulE

    You have SUCH a talented family! Our youngest daughters are so alike… simply desperate to do what the older children are.

    1. I hear it’s a common trait in third children – and I think our two little girls would get along very well!

  2. I love Down By the River! JC heard it for the first time when he was about 2 months old. He was laying on the floor and wiggled happily to the entire CD.

  3. I agree…I think music is so important! I have zero musical talent..but I want my kids to be able to sing and play (at least) the piano. I hope they will be excited too!

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