Jukebox Jury: Do Kids Need Their Own Music?

Welcome to Jukebox Jury, our new music debate show where experts face off and a jury of fans decides the winner.

THE CASE: If you’ve ever seen a newborn in a onesie emblazoned with a band’s logo, it’s obvious that the business of marketing adults’ taste in music at their kids is alive and well. Many kids grow up listening to their parents’ music from a very early age, while others are surrounded by songs specifically created with them in mind. Kids’ music, as a genre, has more variety than ever – and more crossover, with bands like Weezer and The Roots appearing on Nickelodeon’s Yo Gabba Gabba!. But do kids specifically need age-appropriate, educational music? Or are they socialized more fully when exposed to adult music?

Melissa Locker
, contributing writer at TIME, Rolling Stone and Stereogum; mother of one son
Piotr Orlov, alumnus of MTV, Mother New York & more; contributor on music to the New York Times; father of one daughter

Parents Who Rock
, a non-profit association of musicians and others based in Montclair, NJ, who volunteer their time and talents to raise money for not-for-profit organizations throughout the community

THE VERDICT: Watch to find out!


– Jillian Mapes, Radio.com

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