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As I screened Nick Jr.’s The Fresh Beat Band, two 8-year-olds rolled their eyes and two 3-year-olds wandered out of the room, but one 5-year-old girl sat mesmerized by the brightly dressed, peppy teens who make up the “band.” She leaned forward as they wrestled with the problem of the day—would it be easier to decorate for their music teacher’s surprise birthday party by working alone or by working together? She laughed when two characters became inadvertently glued together. She kicked her feet in time with the music as they sang about the solution to their problem, clearly enraptured by the two long-haired girl band members, and I had two thoughts: First, I should buy her some of those footless tights—they’re really cute under skirts—and second, I’d better watch out: The signs are there that she might become a Hannah Montana fan. The show worked in a little music education—musical vocab, the names of various instruments—and won points with me by having the girls play drums and guitar rather than, say, tambourine. I don’t think I’ll be adding it to my iPod, but the music was fine, with plenty of interesting rhythms, harmony, and counterpoint. If anyone in my house wants to watch this again, I’m good with it.