Thursday, April 02, 2009

MA PRESHUS BABEE IZ GENIUS!!!

It was just one of those moments. Buster was holding his Baby Einstein Color Kaleidoscope and chanting, “Da, da-dum, da-da-da-da-da-dum!” totally in the rhythm of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Then he pressed the music trigger and played the tune! (Yes, I recognize that coincidence is the active character in this little adventure, but it didn’t keep me from kissing the baby and telling him that he should keep up his good work with Mozart.)

Anyway, it made me think of an instance a year back where someone (who clearly had no children yet) commented that the Little Einsteins videos didn’t really do a good job of music education. They just repeated the main motifs of famous works, resulting in a shallow recognition of tunes instead of real appreciation of serious music.

What this person did not realize was that music education is entirely irrelevant. The alternative video entertainment involves dreck like Dora’s Backpack Song, which after the second repetition (not to mention the two thousandth) causes a parent to swiftly locate programs that don’t drive her to puncture eardrums with a fork. Give me a superficial Tchaikovsky lesson any day.

8 comments:

appleseed said...

Here here! (or hear hear!?)
Yo gabba gabba will drive me to drink one of these days...

Anonymous said...

Naw, I said that it was annoying that Baby Einstein stopped the motif mid-phrase, leaving you hanging. There's no reason to do that. The Mozart cube is an example of a baby music toy that is good stuff.

4th B

Mayberry said...

I agree--a little exposure to classical music and art has to be worth something--something more than "I'm the backpack, loaded up with things and knickknacks too."

Lady M said...

4th B - ok, you got me there. I couldn't remember exactly what you said. There was another person (who actually was a dad) who had similar comments, so I composited the character for humor. Sorry to misrepresent.

I'd still rather listen to half a classical tune or even the aggravating 6 note scale than the Backpack song though!

Amber said...

Dora is the worst! The shouting, the songs, how I hate them. And then when you have a little girl the marketing is just crazy. Dora shoes, Dora clothes, Dora underwear, Dora soup, Dora fruit snacks, Dora perfume (honestly, I saw this one with my own eyes). There are worse role models than an adventurous 6-year-old, but the sheer magnitude of the branding is out of control.

Oh, and now I have the backpack song stuck in my head.

Damselfly said...

What a smart little cookie! Wow.

I think the Einstein videos help foster music appreciation, and in little people, that's a great place to start.

Mamacita Tina said...

Ok, so I'm alone in liking Dora and especially Diego. But we view them only once a week, if that. I try to make sure we get exposure to different programs so I don't go nuts. Of course I take advantage of parental lead and am currently brainwashing both of mine with Muppet Tunes we keep in the CD player in the van. I just don't get tired of Kermit and Fozzy singing "Movin' Right Along."

Suburban Turmoil said...

It's because of Little Einsteins that my daughter uses the term "adagio" on a regular basis. And that is enough for me. :)