School Programs

John Simon & BJM Students
John Simon & BJM Students

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Song from a Hangar Theatre Project 4 play about the Revolutionary War.


John Simon in Schools!

John has been working in schools since the early '70s when he was a paid Youth worker in the school library of PS 28 in Manhattan. He's been certified as a classroom teacher for grades K - 8 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1982 and was Director of Drug & Alcohol Prevention for the Johnson City (NY) Schools in the mid '80s.

Since then his work has included:

Assemblies for grades K - 12,

Artist Residencies for grades 2 - 5, and

Workshops for secondary school students.

All with an eye on establishing a connection between group

participants as well as delivering relevant curricular content!

Contact John to arrange for him to come to your school!

John Simon & Sunflower Room, Belle Sherman Elementary School
Trad. West African Greeting Song

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From the CD Songs of the Sunflowers, created by the Sunflower Room First Graders at Belle Sherman Elementary School in Ithaca, NY. The school population includes students from around the globe who speak many different languages. This recording is a celebration of the diversity of cultures represented in the Sunflower Room.

John Simon
John Simon & BJM Students

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This song was written with a small group of 5th graders for their school-wide Science Fair (which was built around the theme of "Bridges"). Younger students made model bridges with popsicle sticks and glue, intermediate students actually went on a walking tour of Ithaca's foot bridges, and the 5th graders examined "bridges" on a conceptual human relations level. This song has become part of the Family Reading Partnership's Read-Along Songs for Understanding project and is slated to be turned into a picture book in 2013.

John Simon & BJM Students
John Simon & BJM Students

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Beverly J Martin School: A Hangar Theatre Project 4 song from a play about the American Revolution. The assignment: encapsulate the history of the American Revolution for the hapless Rip Van Winkle (who slept through the entire event) in three verses + a bridge.

John Simon

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TJ Watson Elementary School, Union-Endicott (NY) School District. This song (borrowed from They Might Be Giants) was part of a John Simon 2nd Grade residency focusing on the Solar System. The recording is from the culminating concert.

John Simon
Jan Nigro

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This song, written by John's friend Jan Nigro (the creative force behind the widely-acclaimed group called Vitamin L), is one of John's most requested numbers. This version was recorded at a school-wide concert which was the culmination of a 5-day residency with 4th graders. The residency theme was Immigration.

John Simon
John Simon

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This one was commissioned by the Trumansburg Elementary School PTA, whose mission was to replace the existing "school song" with one written by students. John worked with four 4th grade classes and the song is based on the school's "Community Counts" initiative which works with the ABC's of school conduct. [video courtesy of Joe Scaglione at 3DCinemation] john simon

John Simon
John Simon

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This was one of John's first songwriting-with-kids projects and one of his all-time favorites. Booth School in Elmira was scheduled to close after a 50-year existence and the teaching staff wanted a farewell love song for their school community. Here it is. Booth School is gone but never forgotten....

John Simon & BJM Students
John Simon

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This song was written for the New York Coalition for Healthy School Foods (NYCHSF) to support their healthy snacks program pilot at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School (BJM) in Ithaca, NY. A version of it appears on the Grammy Nominated CD, Good Enough to Eat (along with songs by Julian Lennon, Beck, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Tom Chapin and Russel Simmons). Cover Art by Peter Max!

Buy the CD at the NYCHSF website!