Children’s & Family Concerts
“Puff The Magic Dragon,” “You Are You”, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, “I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly”, “When You Wish Upon A Star”, “This Land Is Your Land” and “This Little Light Of Mine” are a few among many treasured tunes that Kevin performs during his family and children’s concerts.
All programs include group singing and are interactive, and are tailored for Pre-K through Elementary school aged audiences. From his collection of over 250 recorded songs for children, Kevin focuses on character development, social skills, and teaching children that we are all part of “one world.” These meaningful and enjoyable songs teach the “folk tradition” of storytelling through songs. Kevin also explains the history behind each unique musical instrument he is playing and how songs are created during each performance. ( Teachers guides are available )
Join Kevin and millions of little voices, as Kevin’s music, songs and stories continue to gain fans as “one of America’s most beloved children’s voices” weaves his musical spell with new dulcimer ditties for the kiddies!
ARTS IN YOUNG HEARTS
Kevin takes children’s original paintings and prose, and turns them into original songs, and stories , bringing the child’s art work to life. For a child to see their own originality expanded into song & story is a delight and encourages all. Many of the modern day artists such as “Kadinsky, Rothko & DeBuffet ” have studied children’s art work to maintain their own sense of innocence and creativity.
As this art/song session is brought into classrooms, and encourages creativity among children, along with all the benefits the arts program offer in a child’s development of “individuality”.
Developmental Benefits of Art
Motor Skills: Many of the motions involved in making art, such as holding a paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children.
Language Development: For very young children, making art—or just talking about it—provides opportunities to learn words for colors, shapes and actions.
Decision Making: According to a report by Americans for the Arts, art education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills..
Visual Learning: Drawing, sculpting with clay and threading beads on a string all develop visual-spatial skills, which are more important than ever. Even toddlers know how to operate a smart phone or tablet, which means that even before they can read, kids are taking in visual information
“Parents need to be aware that children learn a lot more from graphic sources now than in the past,” says Dr. Kerry Freedman, Head of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University. “Children need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through text and numbers. Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.” Knowledge about the visual arts, such as graphic symbolism, is especially important in helping kids become smart consumers and navigate a world filled with marketing logos.
Inventiveness: When kids are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives.
Cultural Awareness: As we live in an increasingly diverse society, the images of different groups in the media may also present mixed messages.
Improved Academic Performance: Studies show that there is a correlation between art and other achievement. (Taken from PBS.org web site)
“Everything Children’s Music Should Be; funny, sweet, warm and just a little bit silly” - Parent’s Magazine