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From J. P. Taylor:
Since I was a child I’ve been interested in and attracted to nature. And at an early age I became interested in music and began writing songs.
I became a teacher to make a difference in the world. Through my songs I’ve tried to help kids understand how people and the other living things in the world are interdependent – and share my passion for the Earth’s natural environment.
There are so many people all over the world who care about the Earth and are doing things to help our planet, little things and big things. More and more are joining us every day.
I have come to realize that my mission is to support and encourage these "Eco-Crusaders" and help spread the word about all they are doing, and all that still needs to be done, to save our planet.
I believe a song can change the world. A song can open eyes, minds, and hearts. Songs can inspire and encourage. The Earth needs people with passion to help us get back on track. My songs are for these people – looking forward, being positive, and working together.
High-energy children's music and interactive participation shows. Winner of Parenting Magazine's Parenting Pick. Winner of the Parents' Choice Award 2003. Winner of the National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval. Winner of the Children's Music Web Award 2001. Music for children and other wild animals. Geof's music will make your children smarter, better looking, and have fresher breath!
Happy Notes Music encourages young children to explore their imagination and creativity through music. Children learn basic musical concepts through unique, interactive musical experiences.
Happy Notes Music provides a positive, age-appropriate exposure to the arts by providing weekly music classes, workshops & seminars for educators, musical performances for the community, civic and business organizations and producing and distributing children's music and literature.
For the last two decides, internationally known folksinger DARIA has traveled the globe, learning, sharing and making music while building communities and encouraging a new view of hope and peace for all the world’s children. In the United States, she has won national awards for her children's cds including a Parent’s Choice Award, a NAPPA (National Association For Parenting Publications) Award and a Children's Music Web Award. The songs she has recorded on her cd’s have been used throughout the world; in South Africa in Teaching Tolerance Curriculums, in Australia in Respecting Others Curriculum and a special song she wrote about the Rev, Dr. Martin Luther King is used in classrooms across the states to celebrate his life and legacy. Also her version of the Zulu folksong “Here Come Our Mothers” is used in many Mother’s Day celebrations.
For Daria, Its all about empowering kids… letting them explore the world of music in a way that unlocks the amazing talent and inner beauty they naturally possess. For that reason, she’s adapted many of her multi-cultural activities for this website as a resource for parents, teachers, homeschoolers and kids of all abilities (each activity has all abilities notes). Whether it’s building a pow-wow style drum that can be played by a large number of people or recycling objects by transforming them into instruments, this website shares many great ways of bringing folks together through music.
Maryann "Mar." Harman is a music educator with a Bachelors Degree in Music and a Masters in Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood. These dual degrees contribute to her ability to write songs that are musically and educationally sound for children as well as fun and easy to use for teachers and parents. She founded the nationally enjoyed Music with Mar. Brain Research Based program. Her recordings have received several national awards, including:
Tunes for Tiny Tots - Silver Parents' Choice Award
Start Each Day with A Song - Best Recording Children’s Web Award 2002
“Keep Safety ROO-Teen - Best Recording Children’s Web Award 2001
*Dare Officers State of Florida “Recognition of Excellence” For song
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For Marla Lewis, music is a way of life. She began singing as soon as she learned to talk! At the age of 3, she sang on a national radio talent show called, “Live Like a Millionaire”. She started piano lessons at the age of 5 and guitar a few years later. As a child, Marla loved to sing songs in many languages from around the world. Her mother, also a singer, introduced her to jazz, Dixieland, and opera. Marla also fell in love with folk and pop music. She wrote her first song at the age of 12, entitled, “Hopeless Love.” It still makes her friends chuckle. Today, when kids hear Marla's songs, they say: "Can we hear that AGAIN??"
RICK SCOTT is an award winning singer, songwriter and actor who combines music and laughter in lively, participatory concerts for all ages. He is Canada’s leading proponent of the Appalachian mountain dulcimer, known by kids around the world as ‘The Electric Snowshoe.’ Over 35 years he has released 17 albums and performed his lively, original music in nine countries. His gift for combining wacky humour and poignant human commentary has earned him a devoted following around the world.
Over the past 20 years he has performed more than a thousand family concerts throughout Canada, the U.S., Australia and Southeast Asia. He is Goodwill Ambassador for the Down Syndrome Research Foundation and performs inspirational keynote concerts for familes, educators and caregivers, and MUSIC AS A SECOND LANGUAGE song writing workshops for people who don’t think that they’re musical.