Debbie Cavalier (and Friends) produce children's music

Jillian Fennimore

When you hear and see Debbie Cavalier, there’s no denying she’s fluent in the language of music.

With a keyboard and a bright smile, the Watertown resident can proudly boast about the ability to capture the attention of a room full of squirming preschool-age children, each one hanging on to her every note.

Cavalier, the dean of continuing education at Berklee College of Music, is also a budding children’s music recording artist, both writing and performing children tunes for kids and their families with a program called “Debbie and Friends.”

Inside the Watertown Free Public Library Tuesday morning, Cavalier sits behind a colorful cartoon image of herself, belting out original but familiar songs about Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, Simon Sez and the Hokey Pokey. Accompanying her on the tunes was a bongo player.

“Wow, you sound great,” she said to the crowd between songs.

The Robbins Road resident said she has been making music with kids for more than 20 years. Inside her home studio last year, Cavalier created her first CD, “Story Songs and Sing Alongs” with the help of 15 neighborhood children.

“I get so much energy from them,” she said about maintaining her stamina on stage.

And parents have been faithful to her performances as well. She’s got newfound fans and faithful attendees.

Former Watertown resident Kelly Morton was at Tuesday’s sing-along with her children Roane and Gates. She said she comes to the library weekly for story hour, and was pleased to be able to attend a local Debbie and Friends show.