Fred Koch's children's music review column appears monthly in Chicago Parent magazine, and is delighted to make the complete archived series of articles accessible to you.

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July 2007 - Musical Journeys For Summer Days

Animal Playground - Various Artists / Putumayo Kids
Hootenanny- Johnny Bregar
If You Ever See An Owl - The Terrible Twos
Pumkids- Pied Pumkin
Mozart Effect: Music For Dads and Dads-To-Be -
Various Artists

June 2007 - Don't Let The Band's Name Fool You

Mommy Says NO! - Asylum Street Spankers

May 2007 - Engage Kids Through Great Music

A Hop, Skip And A Jump - Pam Donkin
Circle Songs (CD and Songbook Set) - Sukey Molloy

April 2007 - True Music Artistry

My Green Kite - Peter Himmelman
We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions - Various Artists

March 2007 - And The Grammy Goes To . . .

My Best Day - Trout Fishing In America
Beethoven's Wig 3 - Many More Sing Along Symphonies - Richard Perlmutter
Catch That Train - Dan Zanes
The Sunny Side of The Street - John Lithgow
Baby Einstein Meet The Orchestra -
Various Artists

December 2006 - Music Every Family Should Have

Jim Gill Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times - Jim Gill
Lullabies With Mandolin - Simon Mayor and Hillary James
Snooze Music - Rick Scott
Some Assembly Required - Tom Chapin

September 2006 - Follow Child's Lead When It Comes to Music Lessons

Beethoven's Wig 3 - Many More Sing Along Symphonies - Richard Perlmutter

August 2006 - Look Deeper to Find the Real Issue

Snooze Music - Rick Scott

June 2006 - Tuneless Parents Can Support Musical Kids

Meltdown! - Justin Roberts

May 2006 - Switching Instruments Isn´t A Bad Thing

Celebrate the Difference - Terri Hendrix

April 2006 - The Fine Art Of Getting Kids To Practice

March 2006 - And The Grammy Goes To . . .

Songs From The Neighborhood - The Music of Mister Rogers - Various Artists
Green Gorilla, Monster & Me - Ralph's World
BeBop Your Best! - Red Grammer
Scat Like That: A Musical Word Odyssey - Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
Some Assembly Required -
Tom Chapin

February 2006 - Hip, Fun CDs for Little Ones

Jim Gill Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times - Jim Gill
Gobs of Fun - Stephen Fite

January 2006 - Two Great CDs for the 8 to 10 set

Some Assembly Required - Tom Chapin
Bebop Your Best - Red Grammer

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