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Awards for Groove Kid Nation CDs
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The Wheels on the Bus
  • 2011 Parent's Choice Silver Honor Award
  • Nappa Honor Award
  • Babble.com 2011 Top 10 Albums for Movement
  • Babble.com 2011Top 50 Baby Music Albums

  • Music in Motion
  • 2012 Parent's Choice Recommended Award

  • Rhythm Bears
  • 2013 Academics' Choice Smart Media Award
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    Educational Kids Songs and Children's Music

    Educational Kids Songs and Hip Children's Music

    Groove Kid Nation is an educational children's music label whose goal is to introduce toddlers to the sound of real musical instruments.

    The importance of music in early childhood development is well documented, and these award winning CDs are evolving into an educational series that track my efforts to create music education tools for my son (now age 3).

    Each CD challenges and expands a kid's musical journey with fresh age-appropriate concepts.

    It's Like Giving Your Toddler a Private Lesson with Top L.A. Musicians

    Not only did I want to introduce my son to music, but I also wanted to leap frog over the cheesy imitations of musical instruments emanating from most toys and jump right to the real thing.

    Even though I am a professional keyboard player, I still found it difficult to introduce my son to other instruments like the trumpet, saxophone, and trombone in a way that was fun for a toddler.

    For that reason, I enlisted some of the best professional musicians in LA to appear on the recordings. As an example, now your toddler can hear amazing saxophone right in the middle of one of his favorite kid's songs!

    No Musical Knowledge Required by the Parents

    Groove Kid Nation is a focused way to bring the concert experience home, and I designed it so that even parents with no musical ability can easily present the material to their children. It's as easy as playing the CD for your kids while driving around town or dancing at home!

    Characters from Popular Kids Songs and Children's Music Take the Stage as Musicians!

    Imagine the Itsy Bitsy Spider as a groovy piano player (see video below) or the Three Blind Mice as a trio of guitar, bass and drums...

    On the debut release The Wheels on the Bus, the instruments are introduced through familiar kids songs recast as funky soul foot-stompers -- guaranteed to not drive parents crazy with repeated listening!

    On the second release Music in Motion, an entirely new band of feline characters known as the Kool Katz guide the fun. This mostly original set of funky kids songs is all about getting children to interact with the music by drawing them into the action.

    Each CD includes a 10-page illustrated booklet that features the various characters from the songs playing their own instrument.

    I hope you and your children have as much fun listening to this music as we had creating it!

    And stay tuned for more recordings of groovy kids songs and hip children's music...

    Musically Yours,
    Rodney Lee






    Free Kids Songs and Children's Music

    CARE: Defending dignity. Fighting poverty.

    My wife and I were so incredibly blessed by the birth of our son. Watching him grow is bringing us more joy than we could have ever imagined, and he has hearteningly made us feel connected to all children.

    We can’t help but think about the millions of kids who are born into poverty each year around the globe. Therefore, 10% of the wholesale price from each CD will be donated to CARE.

    CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting poverty. Visit Care.org for more information.

    A little bit goes a long way in improving the life of a child born into circumstances far less fortunate than our own.
    Hip Kids Songs and Children's Music The Wheels on the Bus

    Introduce your child to the world of musical instruments through groovy soul versions of classic children's songs

    Includes 10-page Illustrated Booklet

    Purchase CD Here

    Here are a few tips for getting the most out of this groovy CD of children's music.


    What People are saying about Groove Kid Nation's Educational Kids Songs and Children's Music:

    "Thanks for saving me from Elmo and Barney! Kids are small, not stupid!" -- R. Hussain - Parent

    "This is too good to be children's music. We love it!" -- D. Hopkins - Parent

    "Imagine a James Brown or Lauryn Hill record for kids, and you'll have some idea of what Groove Nation's debut CD is all about." -- 2011 Parent's Choice Awards

    “We like the 10 page booklet that came with this cd, illustrating lots of the animals featured in the songs with an instrument. Its fun for the kids to guess which instrument is being played in which song by listening- and then trying to listen to find out where else they hear that instrument again." -- Mama Loves Her Bargains - Blogger
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    Cool Kids Songs and Children's Music Music in Motion

    The Kool Katz play funky kids songs that draw kids into the action with specific instructions on what to do from funny dances, to playing air guitar, to responding to musical cues, to simply nodding their heads to the beat.

    Includes 10-page
    Illustrated Booklet

    Purchase CD Here

    Cool Kids Songs and Children's Music Rhythm Bears

    As the title suggests, Rhythm Bears is all about drawing kids into the music with rhythmic call and response games that will have them clapping, stomping, playing percussion, and vocalizing to the beat.

    Includes 10-page
    Illustrated Booklet

    Purchase CD Here

    Check out a few of our music videos -- soul twists on classic kids songs:
    Itsy Bitsy Spider Plays Piano with Fly Band



    Humpty Dumpty Plays Bass and Falls off the Wall





    Buyer's Guide to The Best Musical Instruments for Kids Under Age 5 The market is flooded with so many crappy plastic 'music' toys that I decided to help parents by providing a buyer's guide to the Best Musical Instruments for Kids.

    The guide is full of interesting and cool alternatives to the plastic junk sold at most toy stores with an emphasis on Fair Trade and Eco-friendly instruments. Check it out in the Music Store.



    Meet the Musicians Some really incredible musicians performed on these CDs of hip kids songs, and I am so grateful that they are also friends of mine. Check them out here.



    The Most Popular Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs This is our growing list of the Top Nursery Rhymes, and we've included interesting insights into their origins as well.



    Froggy on Tour Froggy on Tour is an informal video series in which Groove Kid Nation's Froggy interviews professional musicians backstage. In each episode your child will get a chance to learn about a musical instrument and see/hear it played.



    Tools for Educators Tools for Educators provides the resources for presenting the Groove Kid Nation series to a class. The resources are also great for homeschoolers and parents who would like to go beyond the CDs and follow a curriculum.
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