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Children’s musician to perform free concert in Craig

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If you go …

What: Concert by children’s musician John Farrell

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Craig Middle School auditorium, 915 Yampa Ave.

• Admission is free. Farrell also will perform his educational songs for local students throughout today and Tuesday. He will also host a teacher’s workshop at 4 p.m. today at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St., about using music as a learning tool. For more information, call Amy Jones at 826-6509 or visit http://www.johnfarrell.n...

If you go …

What: Concert by children’s musician John Farrell

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Craig Middle School auditorium, 915 Yampa Ave.



• Admission is free. Farrell also will perform his educational songs for local students throughout today and Tuesday. He will also host a teacher’s workshop at 4 p.m. today at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St., about using music as a learning tool. For more information, call Amy Jones at 826-6509 or visit http://www.johnfarrell.n…

For students in Sunset Elementary School kindergarten teacher Amy Jones’s class, melodies with titles like “The Ice Cream Song,” “Thank You For Being My Friend” and “Kids Who Want to Help the Earth” are already special.



But, their favorite music will take on a whole new meaning when they get to see the man who wrote them in person.

Children’s musician, author and educator John Farrell will perform a free family concert Tuesday at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.

Farrell is also performing at local elementary schools throughout today and Tuesday.

The Moffat County School District’s Sagebrush Reading Council is sponsoring his Craig appearance.

Jones said the council’s aim in bringing Farrell, who lives in Hilldale, N.Y., to Moffat County schools is to share the singer/songwriter’s talent for making music part of the learning experience.

“We’re just so excited to have him coming … because he’s touched our lives so much,” she said.

Jones said she has regularly been playing Farrell’s 2009 CD “Working Together” for her class.

Although her students enjoy songs from the disc like “How Much Is 100?” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider Changes,” their favorite tune is “Kindergarten Is Cool!”

Farrell will also host a teacher’s workshop today at Sunset, which will focus on bringing music into the classroom.

“We’re hoping that teachers can get ideas for integrating literacy with technology and singing,” she said.

Farrell’s 2007 album “All Around Us” contains tracks for teachers to include their own content, a tool which Jones said helps with students’ fluency in learning.

“Children can remember any kind of content if it’s put to a song,” she said.

“All Around Us” includes numerous songs about the animals of the world and their habitats. Many of those songs will be performed in Craig.

“He’ll be doing a lot of stuff for Earth Day coming up,” Jones said.

Farrell has performed at venues worldwide, including Japan, Ukraine and Spain. He will travel to Zambia, Africa later in the month to present pen pal letters and funds collected by local elementary students as part of an ongoing penny drive.

“He’s very generous,” Jones said.

Jones said she wanted to thank the local groups who helped the Sagebrush Reading Council raise money for the event, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and Women’s Auxiliary, the Parrotheads, Colorado Council of IRA, and the Family Literacy Coalition, among other contributors.

People who attend the Tuesday concert will have the opportunity to pick up Farrell’s albums, as well as his books, such as the good sportsmanship book, “It’s Just a Game,” the family-themed “Dear Child” and “Stargazer’s Alphabet: Night Sky Wonders from A to Z,” which won the Notable Book of the Year Award from the International Reading Association in 2008.

Jones said she believes Farrell’s music and writing goes beyond the elementary age group.

“We’re hoping people of all age groups will come to the concert,” she said. “I think the older kids will appreciate the messages of his songs just as well as the younger ones.”

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