Guest / Limited Access /
Children's Music Matters
Children's Music Matters

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken recently joined with a few friends—Ellie Holcomb, Flo Paris, and Katy Bowser—to record an album called Rain for Roots: Big Stories for Little Ones. Putting the words of children's author Sally Lloyd-Jones to music for kids, this stellar new project raises the bar for the genre. We asked McCracken to write an op-ed about the importance of children's music done well.

With two young children, we've made a point of exposing our kids to as much W.A. Mozart, Woody Guthrie, Paul Simon, and the Beatles as we possibly can. We want them to know about good music before they are old enough to pop in the earbuds on their own. We often check out music CDs from the library, and have discovered some great children's music in the style of bluegrass, rockabilly, and of course the family kids' jazz favorite, Coal Train Railroad. But I must confess that, on the whole, I am disheartened with the selection of what is out there, and I cannot stomach most of the packaged children's music "product."

Some friends and I were remembering and laughing about which childhood songs we could remember. We especially remember the Sunday school songs like "Seek Ye First," the camp/scout tunes like "Rise and Shine," or the hymns our grandmothers sang to us in the rocking chair like "I Love to Tell the Story." This conversation got me thinking about what a significant moment that is in a child's life when he or she can absorb art and beauty by way of these clever little soul vehicles called melodies.

This tender moment in a young life reveals something else about us adults, too. What we believe about a child, and the person who that child is becoming, is significant. As Charlotte Mason says "A child is a ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Support Christian thought journalism. Donate to our nonprofit ministry today.
Read These NextSee Our Latest
Current IssueInvestments for the Kingdom
Subscriber Access Only
Investments for the Kingdom
Eventide Funds has confounded the investment world with its success—and it’s biblically based principles.
RecommendedIn Memory: The Man Who Brought Harmony to Billy Graham’s Ministry
In Memory: The Man Who Brought Harmony to Billy Graham’s Ministry
Music director Cliff Barrows served for decades with a peaceful spirit and joyful song.
TrendingWhy Do We Have Christmas Trees?
Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?
The history behind evergreens, ornaments, and holiday gift giving.
Editor's PickThe Bible Never Says ‘All Men Are Created Equal’
The Bible Never Says ‘All Men Are Created Equal’
How the New Testament offers a better, higher calling than the Declaration of Independence.
Christianity Today
Children's Music Matters
hide thisAccess The Archives

In the Archives

June 2012

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.