Cantaré, a wonderful group based in the Washington DC area, has recently released a new CD called Mucha música. The group is led by vocalist Cecilia Esquivel and Dani Cortaza, who plays strings and bass and arranged most of the songs. Cantaré offers a combination of accessible language, culture, and fabulous music to children learning Spanish. You can learn more about the group and their Spanish songs for kids on the Cantaré website. You can also read a review of one of their earlier CDs here.
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The new CD Mucha música has a varied, culturally-rich selection of Latin music. Most of these are Spanish songs for kids, although there are a few in English and Portuguese. The Latin rhythms include salsa, merengue, cha cha cha, samba, bossa nova, and vallenato. You can listen to clips and purchase songs on CD Baby and Amazon.
Outstanding Features of these Spanish Songs for Kids
- The songs are exceptionally clear, so that children can hear, understand and accurately repeat the sounds of Spanish.
- Actions and movement reinforce the meaning of songs and help children absorb and retain language.
- Latin culture comes through in traditional songs, Latin rhythms, and cultural content like pupusas, carnaval and el coquí.
- The music appeals to a wide range of ages, including adults.
- The CD includes friendship songs and songs with an ecological message. These Spanish songs for kids are idea for school assemblies.
- The album notes on the physical CD include lyrics for all the songs.
Mucha música is the right title for this CD because it has a lot of music. I’ll just mention two of my favorite songs and leave you to check out the rest. Both of these Spanish songs for kids incorporate dialog – a wonderful feature for language learners!
Me gustan las pupusas – This song is an excellent way to introduce children to this typical Central American food as they learn lots of language. It includes a very fun question and answer sequence: ¿Son pasteles? No, no son pasteles. ¿Son tamales? No, no son tamales, ¿Son tortillas? No, no son tortillas. ¿Yuca frita? ¡No, no, no!
Adiós – If you are looking for a new good-bye song for a class, this is a great option! Like Me gustan las pupusas, it includes a dialog. First, the song announces that the party is over and it’s time to go, and then the singers respond that no, they don’t want to go. It is a very fun song to sing! In fact, I won’t be a bit surprised to hear these lines when kids don’t want to leave.
In addition to the joy music brings children, it is one of the best ways to learn language. This new collection of Spanish songs for kids from Cantaré will delight the children in your life as they sing Spanish into their minds and hearts.