Music and Literacy


Exploring the myriad connections between language and literacy

LibraryAll over the world, people have drawn upon the intimate connection between song and story to hand down cultural traditions and build bridges between cultures, long before the advent of modern technology. My performances for children reflect this close connection by blending song and spoken word.

One example is a musical version of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. Harold, of course, is that intrepid young artist who authors his own adventures by drawing scenes with his ever-present purple crayon. Songs include Alligator Pie, Gonna Build a Mountain, Walk that Moonlit Highway and many others.

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Concerts can be created around other literary themes upon request. I draw from my own extensive repertoire as well as the collective repertoire of The Children’s Music Network, where I have been a member since 1993 (