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Tom Hunter...

Tom Hunter was a modern-day minstrel with a busy national schedule of conferences, workshops, school visits, and family concerts.  For well over 40 years, he sung and wrote songs, and explored what songs do to help us learn, teach, celebrate, grieve, believe, play, and tell the stories of our lives.  He was a seminar presenter for the Bureau of Education and Research (15 years), Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Northwest Teachers Conference (13 years), and was a popular  presenter at countless statewide and national events for the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  He produced recordings of his music through the Song Growing Co. (11 to date) and many of those recordings have quietly become "standards" in homes and classrooms across the country.  His essay articles have been published in Young Children, HarperCollins made one of his songs into a picture book, and many other artists (including Willie Nelson) have recorded his songs.  With his formal education at Amherst College and Union Seminary, he was most interested in how songs and learning affect each other, and liked nothing better than to listen for how children and teachers make sense of their worlds.  He spent his last days at his home on 11 acres near Bellingham, WA with his wife Gwen, son Aeden, and daughter Irene.  "Simply put," he said, "we need to sing more.  The benefits are huge."

 

"I want my music to be grounded in the realities of what kids and teachers know.  I want it to 'ring true; as it helps people laugh, cry, remember, celebrate, and learn." 

Tom Hunter

 


In many places these days the arts, including music, are an easy budget cut.  Education is squeezed and learning is defined so narrowly (by test scores and measurable outcomes) that increasing numbers of students
and teachers are crowded out.  The arts:
 
  make more room,
make learning more effective,
make schools more fun.

We need to sing more!
 


Pictures...


 

Tom at The Play House in Long Beach, CA...

Tom & Anthony

It looks like Tom got stumped

Tom showing off his building block skills

 

Tom in Rochester, NY for the ECE Quality Council...
 

Tom doing his thing for kids

Tom at the YMCA

 

More to come...

 

 

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