"Children are our most important natural resource. Music and
fun are what I have to give back to them.".
These days, there are so many things that come into a child's
life. I'm glad that my shared time with them is not just fun,
but a positive experience. I'm trying to bring songs to the kids
that will help teach self-confidence, sharing, kindness to others
and especially kindness to themselves and their environment. These
are traits that, if learned early on in life, will give children
constructive tools to carry and use through their lifetime. Thanks
to a host of writers like Peter Alsop, Tom Chapin, Ella Jenkins,
Tom Paxton, Raffi and so many others, children are being exposed
to more positive songs.
My ideas and feelings have been conveyed in many different forums.
By participating in several different episodes of "Eureka's
Castle", to recording a children's album with Ron Coden,
giving concerts from folk festivals in Kerrville, Texas to libraries
in New York State, or going directly into elementary schools in
Connecticut with talk and song. It's all about children, fun and
education. Music is a wonderful communicator!
The title song from our (recorded with Ron Coden) "My Favorite
Toy " was written with Randi Douglas. The song was initially
written for an exhibition at the Detroit Historical Museum as
part of a video describing the evolution of toys. The exhibit
ran for two years. That song, as well as others that I co-wrote
with Randi, was included in Randi's play "Buster, The Bodacious
Bear", in which I played one of the characters.
Another new and exciting avenue for my time with children is
"In Role Teaching" through the
Living History (formerly Storyliving)
program. This is a structured improvisation that involves
the student/participant directly within the situation that he
or she is studying. If you want to learn about something, make
yourself part of it. Learning takes on a new meaning and is a
lot more fun.
A very close friend, who has given many years as a kindergarten
teacher, "coerced" me on many occasions to sing for
her classes. But I came to realize that I was having as much fun
as the children were, singing our favorite songs to each other.
Entertaining a young audience is fun. Combining music with the
constant movement and noise gives that movement and noise direction,
and the child has a new and positive outlet for his or her energy.
In Michigan, check the Michigan
Arts and Humanities Touring Directory for information
regarding Touring Program Grants.
Josh White Jr. children's concert promises fun while creating
a positive learning experience that makes heads turn, hands clap,
and hearts open to a whole, new world."
Children's Concert, Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI, March 9, 2002
(Photo courtesy of City