Kids in elementary school love music, but many of them are no longer interested in traditional childrens’ songs in Spanish. Rather, they have moved on to popular music with contemporary rhythms and themes that revolve around friends. Choosing popular Spanish songs for kids can be difficult though, because much of the content is directed to young adults and adults.
One source of fun music that is appropriate for kids in elementary and middle school is Violetta, a very popular television series from Disney Channel Latin America. The series began in the spring of 2012 and was broadcast on Disney Latin America and in several countries in Europe. It is the story of a group of talented students at a performing arts school in Buenos Aires. The main character, Violetta, is played by Martina Stoessell of Argentina. The episodes themselves will be difficult for Spanish language learners to understand, but the songs are much more accessible.
Videos of the songs are available on the Violetta website. Several have sing along versions with the lyrics. The words are sometimes hard to see behind the control bar, but you can make the video full screen and then there is no problem. If you click on Ver otros clips and then click on Música, you will see that there is lots of music. Violetta also has a very popular Facebook page.
The soundtrack from the series is not available on the English iTunes store yet, but you can get it from the Spanish store: Violetta Sound Track. The music is the same, but the prices are in euros.
Special thanks to reader Katie and her daughter for a fun discussion of Spanish popular music for kids in elementary school!
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