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cheyenne_h on 04/25/2017 at 01:29PM

All Ages: Kid-Friendly Music on FMA

A selection of albums from Kazoomzoom, a netlabel for kids.

The FMA's Terms of Use indicate that the intended audience for our archive is anyone 13 or older, but there are tracks on FMA appropriate for listeners of any age. But how to find them??

Lots of music on our site is available for use in noncommercial, educational contexts, so it's no surprise that teachers come looking for music they can use in student projects and for general classroom use. (Psst - if you're an educator with questions, check out our special FAQ, just for you!) But looking for audio that's safe for non-commercial use doesn't always return the most kid-friendly results. 

There's the netlabel for kids, Kazoomzoom, has been with FMA for years, and releases with names like "The Ambient Baby" -- but we wanted to make a better, easier way for parents and teachers to find music they could use.

Our best solution to this was to incorporate a new genre tag, "Kid-friendly," which collects all music that is either by kids, for kids, or both! If you cruise around this page, you'll find all sorts of stuff - songs about pants that try to ride a bike on their own, pirate songs, bouncy chiptunes, and much more! However, some of these songs may have lyrics or themes that are intended for specific ages within the kid-friendly range - so we ask that parents and educators still preview the music before sharing it with a younger audience. 

Are you a parent or educator looking for instrumentals? Try Podington Bear's short & catchy CC BY-NC instrumental treasure trove (and it's safe for use in video!) or the fabulous collection of classical music from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Do you make music for kids and want to add yours to the collection? Get in touch or comment below!

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katya-oddio on 12/19/2010 at 01:30PM

Lullaby and Good Night

Cover photo by Valentina Powers

Written, performed and produced by Lee Rosevere, THE AMBIENT BABY is designed to capture the interest of the child, and then slowly soothe it to sleep. This album has been tested with babies and adults with positive, sleepy results.

THE AMBIENT BABY is all original material designed specifically for infants from birth to about two years of age. Little ones are engaged early on by rhythmic sounds at the start. The sounds then weave into a gentle and soothing environment to help babies fall asleep.

Consistent sounds work as white noise to mask household noises such as creaking floors, appliances, outside noise, and traffic. Ambient environments, like the selections created here by Lee Rosevere, often help light sleepers and infants sleep drift off into sleep.

THE AMBIENT BABY was released on Kazoomzoom, the netlabel for children. Sweet dreams.

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katya-oddio on 05/19/2010 at 05:45PM

Ragtime Is Funtime

Ragtime’s upbeat style is perfect as a happy and inspiring backdrop for children's playtime! Kazoomzoom, the netlabel for kids, offers FROG LEGS, a ragtime collection on the Free Music Archive.

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katya-oddio on 05/10/2010 at 02:05AM

Got a Silly Song in You?

Photo by David Kitchenham

Music makers of all ages are invited to make silly songs for our Silly Songs series of compilations of the most silly songs and bouncy instrumentals. We look forward to hearing your goofiness!

Good luck to all who participate in this project! Thank you for sharing your work for kids!

Enjoy Volume 1 of SILLY SONGS here on the FMA!

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