Listening to classical music with your toddlers can boost brainpower.
Not theirs. Yours.
As a parent of a child under the age of 5, I know you can only spend so much time listening to “We Are the Dinosaurs” on repeat before your neurotransmitters suffer irreversible damage.
But if you can get your young kids into classical music, you can swap out that Laurie Berkner for some Beethoven from time to time, say during a long summer vacation drive, and earn your brain a musical respite. And they’ll be primed for more interesting musical taste down the road.
The key is to start with the kind of orchestral works your toddlers are most likely to get into on their own. That means short, melodic and upbeat.
Here are 10 kid-tested pieces of classical music to try.
1. Carmen Overture, Georges Bizet
The plot of Carmen, one of the…
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