Spring 2015

Here we are in the closing months of another school year. I have enjoyed my visits to schools, teacher conferences, libraries and community events.

In February I spent two weeks in Hawaii including a three day artist in residence program at Punahou School and a presentation at the HMEA music conference. In March I was a featured presenter at the CEESA conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia and also did artist in residence programs at the American International School of Budapest and Pechersk School International in Kyiv, Ukraine. Below are some of the programs I have been doing this year. 

  • Songs and Stories Around the World
  • Building Bridges of Peace and Hope Through Songs and Storytelling
  • All Around Us: Exploring Nature Through Songs and Songwriting
  • Help Stop Bullying by Teaching Empathy and Tolerance
  • Integrating Music into the Common Core Standards
  • Making Connections: Global Awareness and Partnerships

I will also be sharing stories, songs, photos and video from my recent trip to Africa at the end of the 2013-14 school year. The trip included climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with our daughter Maggie, doing school programs at the International School of Moshi in Tanzania, and spending five days with teachers and students at the Mukwashi Trust School in Zambia. The climb of Kilimanjaro was part of the "High Hopes and Common Threads" Project that included writing and photos from over 1700 children from more than 50 countries around the globe. I'm very excited about sharing these "good news" stories with children and teachers. 

My sincere thanks and admiration to all you teachers who continue to give so much of yourselves while being asked to adapt constantly and juggle more and new responsiblities. Our children are very fortunate that teachers are such a dedicated and professional group.