Review: Parent's Choice Gold Award Palmer is among a tiny handful of prolific singer-songwriters who rarely misfire when writing for children. This time around he may have once again written a best seller. What a World We'd Have (If Christmas Lasted All Year Long) is a heartwarming opener for everyone who cherishes peace on earth, good will to . . . etc. He turns the standard holiday tune on it's ear: you've never heard Jingle Bells or Rudolph ... performed like this. Palmer takes another unpredictable turn with the self-penned The Merry Hula. Complete with Hawaiian guitars, it conjures up visions of a snow white luau. Parent's Choice Gold Award Parent's Choice Vol. 15, No. 3 CD Description - HOLIDAY MAGIC! 'It's a time for love and sharing, a time to sing a joyful song' Hap Palmer's opening lines set the tone of this magical collection of songs. A variety of musical styles from playful to reverent evoke the richness of the holiday season. Hap's original songs and unique adaptations of traditional favorites invite active participation. Children clap, stamp, jiggle and dance: they express things they are thankful for, play rhythm instruments, and sing along with traditional favorites. The recording also includes instrumental versions of all the songs making it an ideal format for use in holiday programs and family and school sing-a-longs. A complete lyric book is included. Biography - Hap Palmer Hap Palmer pioneered the integration of music and movement in the area of early childhood education. His songs enhance the development of motor skills, language acquisition, reading readiness, and math concepts as well as nurture the imaginative process and encourage creative problem solving. His widespread popularity in schools and day-care centers for over twenty years, makes him a living legend within the teaching community for young children. Teachers have used his music for more than two generations to teach letters, numbers, phonics, days of the week, colors, shapes and more. A third generation of children are now learning with his songs and movement innovations. An accomplished musician, singer/songwriter and educator, his multiple skilled talent on guitar, bass, percussion, saxophone, and clarinet are heard on his various recordings. His 'Baby Songs' live-action music video series for young children has sold over 2 million units. Hap continues to write, record and produce award winning videos and recordings which have received numerous honors including Parents' Choice Gold Awards, the American Library Association Notable Designation, the National Association of Parent Publications Gold Award, The Early Childhood News Directors Choice Award and the American Video Award. As a teacher of teachers, Hap teaches classes and workshops for organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the University of California at Los Angeles Education Extension, the Los Angeles City Schools, the Georgia Pre School Association, the Oklahoma Early Childhood Association, the New England Kindergarten Conference, the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children and many other school districts and educational organizations throughout the nation. Using his background in music, education, and dance, he helps teachers find innovative, imaginative and fun ways to teach their students with enjoyable music and lyrics that children love to listen to over and over again. With a Masters Degree in Dance Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a love of music, Hap Palmer gives the world of early childhood education and young children a lasting gift of learning that spans the generations.
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