When acclaimed jazz vocalist Allegra Levy became a parent, she began noticing that the lyrics of classic children’s songs didn’t fit in today’s world of equity and inclusion. As a mother, she was concerned about what messages children were getting from the music and as a musician, she didn’t want to raise her child with songs that had been musically “dumbed down.” So she began writing her own jazz-tinged children’s music with a positive spin on mental well-being. The result is a new album, Songs for You and Me, and in this episode she talks about the importance of experiencing music as a family.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- How the pandemic inspired her to rethink children’s music.
- Why children need to hear more inclusive music.
- What parents can do to use music as a tool for learning and creativity.
Links and Resources
- Facebook: @allegralevyjazz
- Instagram: @allegrameanshappy
- Twitter: @allegralevyjazz
- Website: allegralevy.com
- Watch her music videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkARZY3yGoo
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