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Ivan at a Ben Rudnick and Friends show.

Ivan at a Ben Rudnick and Friends show.

We are the parents of a little five-year-old boy who LOVES music, so of course it makes sense that we regularly attend concerts in the Boston area. It’s a weekend tradition for us to head out to a children’s concert then go out to lunch at a nearby cafe. It’s great!

We started thinking that we should share our love of music with others by telling you about the musicians and shows and giving you a place to go to find out about upcoming music events. Your kids will have so much fun attending these shows and you’ll be supporting local artists at the same time!

If you have any artists you’d like to add to the site or events you want to see on the calendar, just let us know! Our email is…


We hope to hear from you soon!

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Jonathan Sprout March 23, 2009 at 8:15 am

Hi Amber,
Thanks for taking the time to write a wonderful review of our American Heroes #3 CD! I really appreciate your help in getting the word out! Please keep in touch. … Thanks, Jonathan Sprout

Lyn Michaels May 19, 2009 at 11:55 am

Hi Amber,

Thank you so much for your great plug of my website. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ve had a blast putting it together. I’ve been so lucky to get the support of wonderful musicians and great people in the business.

Thank you again,

Amber May 19, 2009 at 12:03 pm

I heard of it from Debbie Cavalier (Debbie and Friends). It’s really great and best of all, my son loves it!

Jonathan Lee June 27, 2009 at 1:39 am

I know many friends, teachers and fellow concert goers who are raving about an Canadian family entertainer/educator who writes and performs (as “Peter Puffin’s Whale Tales”)… songs that kids AND grown-ups love.

Browsing, you can tell that he really respects children and the parents/friends that get to listen to these mostly original (and often humorous!) songs about caring for the natural world, peace-building and caring for each other.

His latest album is the best yet! I bought a few to share with friends. Could send you one? Really like your site… as a highly worthwhile source for parents/teachers wishing to tap the power of music for sparking joy and creativity in our youngsters!

Looks like he mostly tours in Canada but has performed internationally, and interest in the Boston area (via a new musical find for your site visitors!) might even inspire a U.S. Tour. Keep up the great work on the web site!

Maria Pinkham August 19, 2009 at 7:33 am

My 4 year old daughter said she likes Hannah Montana music ” because it’s awesome rocking and dancing music”.

Wayne Potash September 7, 2009 at 8:52 am

Hello there,

I am a Boston area singer/songwriter/educator for children and I really appreciate the link on your great site! I would love to submit my CDs for review. My sixth CD will be coming out this fall. What is my next step?

Thank you so much.


Liz Buchanan October 6, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Hey Amber,
I love reading your site, and especially liked Steve Blunt’s new column about music in the classroom. Just wanted you to know that several of us who make music with kids in New England are headed for Black Mountain, North Carolina this weekend for the annual conference of the Children’s Music Network ( It should be lots of fun, meeting musicians from around the country, sharing ideas and playing lots of great music! I’ll send you an update!
Cheers, Liz Buchanan

Amber October 6, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Sounds like a lot of fun. If you want to write up a summary of the events afterwards I’d love to publish it!


Maria T. Pires October 23, 2009 at 12:06 pm

My son is 6years old and loves to dance to highschool musical.

Amber October 26, 2009 at 9:01 am

We saw Girl Authority play some Highschool Musical songs this weekend – boy did the kids get excited!

Liz November 18, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I just heard a new children’s cd by The Mickey Spain Musical Jamboree, and it’s incredible! The songs are all originals… written by Mickey… and they’re unbelievably catchy. I’ve had one called “Barnyard Dance” stuck in my head for two days now! My kids aren’t toddlers (they’re 10 and 11) but they seriously love this cd. I was told the Jamboree was playing in the Boston/New Hampshire area and I was wondering if you’d seen them perform or maybe reviewed their music? They definitely seem like a talented bunch of musicians with a knack for writing songs kids will love!

Andy Mason December 1, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Hey Amber,

I love what you are doing for children’s music. I’d love to submit my two children’s CD’s for review on your site. I am from New Mexico and have been performing in English and Spanish at schools, libraries and various other events for nearly five years.

Thank you for all that you do to promote music.

Andy Mason

Birdie Mendoza January 7, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Hola and congrats on being a top site on BLOGGED!
Parents and their littles birdies age 1 to 5 are going wild for my new CD, Birdie’s Playhouse: The Wild World of Wildlife. How can I snail mail you a copy?

The CD is spicy (in a Latina sorta way), it features wildlife and is educational while making you want to “Baila like an Iguana.”

tweet tweet, Ole!

Zippity2Dads (Shawn Ryskamp) January 20, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Hello, I am Shawn Ryskamp of Zippity2Dad’s!
Were a childrens music duo from Auburn Hills, MI.
Tagg and I perform at elementary Schools, Libraries and festivals all over Michigan. We have just released our third cd entitled: “Just Being A Kid”!
We feel our music has an exciting mixture of styles and influences. Tagg and I would love to know what your family thinks! Thank you very much.

Birdie Mendoza January 25, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Birdie here from 2 comments ago. Tweet tweet. Just read your review policy. To hear clips of my Wild World of Wildlife CD, go to: or

Co-inky-dinky: I just saw Aaron Nigel Smith at the park yesterday with his boys. We shared the stage at a park event last year.

all the best, Birdie

Vanessa Trien February 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Hi Amber,
In my forgetful new mom state, I can’t remember if I already wrote to you, but shame on me if I didn’t. I just wanted to say THANK YOU for including us as one of your favorite performances of 2009, yay! And thank you for writing such a glowing review of us, both for the award article and in November after seeing our show. You’re the best. Thank you for adding your awesome website to the world to support children’s music in the Boston area! If you don’t have my CDs already, let me know, I’d be happy to send them to you (uh, review anyone? : ). I hope to see you and Ivan at a concert soon! Best, Vanessa

Liz Buchanan March 22, 2010 at 8:21 am

Hello Amber,

I’m excited to send you my fun new CD, “Singing All the Way Home.” Can you please send me an address so I can mail it to you? I also hope to get some buzz going about my upcoming CD release concert on Saturday, May 1 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. It will be an exciting day for me in many ways! I have been in recovery mode for the past couple of months. I suffered a broken neck when a tanker truck turned over on top of my car on January 12, 2010, and have had to mostly take a breather from my usual music activities. Frankly, if you could see the pix of my totaled car, you’d understand how lucky I am to be alive to tell about this! I am hoping to be back to my usual high spirits and singing voice by May 1. It will be a great day – all the musicians from the CD will be there, plus the awesome kid singers who helped me on so many songs.

I hope you’re doing well and I look forward to hearing from you.


Liz Buchanan

Wendy H April 5, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Thanks for telling the world (and me) about this delightful album (Tingaleyo)! Those of us who agree that children love to hear (& learn) lots of languages, cannot get enough of wonderfully sung bilingual music! W

Wendy H April 5, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Hi, I don’t know what you mean by, “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” Can you make that more specific so that I know if you’ve received my comment? My dictionary defines the term as follows: moderation noun
1 he urged them to show moderation: self-restraint, restraint, self-control, self-discipline; temperance, leniency, fairness.
2 a moderation of their confrontational style: relaxation, easing (off), reduction, abatement, weakening, slackening, tempering, softening, diminution, diminishing, lessening; decline, modulation, modification, mitigation, allaying; informal letup.

Do you mean that you must review it first? If so, I suggest using a different term! Thanks, Wendy

Melissa Moehle June 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Our fanily loves Gustafer Yellowgold..

Lisa Monet July 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Hi Amber and Ivan, What a great job you’re doing getting the word out about music for children. You’re really making a difference for all of us who love to hear, make, sing along with, attend, and in all ways enjoy quality music for kids and families!

And I appreciate that you are so far-reaching in your scope. You started with the music that’s available in your area, but then you generously reach out to let your readers become aware of musicians hither and yon! Thank you for the wonderful work you do.

<3 Lisa Monet

Amber July 8, 2010 at 8:16 am

Thanks Lisa!

Katie July 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Your site is now featured on!

Don’t forget to stop by and rate your site, and please tell your friends about

Ming July 13, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I have a 3 year old son who loves music as well. We are a fan of Justin Roberts. My fave is Sandcastle.

BabyRock August 4, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Thank you for all the great music reviews and event listings. Our 3 year old LOVES music and we’re having a wonderful time checking out the different groups and venues.

julie August 5, 2010 at 7:40 am

Would love to see the show this weekend. Thanks for the great site!

Tara Wohlgemuth September 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm

We’d love win tickets to the 330 show next weekend at Club Passim!
Great site!

Al Papa Rap Lopez September 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Hola mi gente, Check out my kids CD, called What’s Up, Que Pasa. Its mostly bilingual, spanish/english lyrics with lots of Afro Caribbean music mixed with Hip-hop y reggaeton. You can find the album in and in Itunes. Ill be more than glad to send you a CD at no cost so you can review it.

Together is Better. Papa Rap

Cindy Coon October 16, 2010 at 9:40 am

We’d love to win your cd bundle!

Cindy Coon October 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

We’d love to win the Kids Beet tix. Ben is my daughter Elizabeth’s favorite! Cindy

Diana Phillips November 21, 2010 at 11:44 pm

We would love to win tickets to see Debbie and Friends. My 2.5 year old loves her.

Liz Buchanan November 29, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Hello Amber,

I’ll be playing in Jeannie Mack’s usual slot on Saturday, December 4 2010 at Finagle A Bagel, 11 First Street in Cambridge, from 10-11 am. I hope some folks stop by for a bagel and a song!

Catherine Pirozzi June 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm

My 3 year old love this…they even know the words!!!

Patty Shukla September 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Great site!

Would love to be part of your kids music information and posts. Here’s a link to my information, let me know what you think: All videos:
Looking forward to hearing from you.

David Polansky September 30, 2011 at 6:56 am

I’ve been writing and performing award winning children’s music for over 30 years and would be happy to send you some CDs for review. Please visit my website.
Thanks for your consideration.

Paulette Meier October 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Just happened on your site; was intrigued when I googled my own Facebook site, LessonSongs Music, and the name “Lesson Songs” came up right below. I produced a CD of original songs called: “Come Join the Circle: LessonSongs for Peacemaking,” while working as a peace educator in schools. The CD has won national acclaim and is used in schools around the country. It’s also sold in the UN Bookstore. Please check out my website at: or look me up on Facebook. Would love to send you a CD to review! Thanks much. : ) Paulette Meier

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