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Monty Harper


Monty Harper

Contact Information:

Monty or Lisa Harper
2419 N. Monroe
Stillwater, OK 74074

Phone:

(405) 624-3805

Email:

monty@montyharper.com

Website:

Discipline:

Creative Writing, Music & Songwriting

Participants:

Early Childhood, Childhood, Adolescents

Settings:

Schools: pre-k, elementary, middle
Community Sites: art centers, libraries, parks and recreation centers

Availability:

Year round, Statewide

Bio:

Monty Harper is an award-winning, children's songwriter and recording artist. His work is characterized by a love for books, language and literacy; creating music that is designed to entertain inspire as educate young minds. Harper never "writes down" to kids. His songs are imaginative, humorous, upbeat and intelligent. They inspire kids (and adults!) to move, clap, laugh and sing along.

Harper's songwriting residencies involve students in the artistry of songwriting while supporting learning in language arts through creative writing. Students explore metaphor, prosody, lyrical structure and a number of other principles in group and individual writing projects.

Harper's "Say it in a Song" program for the Oklahoma Arts Council's Performing Arts Corps includes an assembly performance and two workshops that focus on teaching students the basics of songwriting. The program is available to Oklahoma elementary schools.

Harper presents library programs based on the state-wide theme each summer, and is available throughout the year for library reading programs. In addition, he offers programming for elementary schools. Programs include:

In addition to leading kids in the creation of their own original songs through his workshops and residencies, Harper performs at family concerts and festivals year round throughout Oklahoma.

Learning Goals: