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Quotes from New Mexico State Arts Panel Review

"This program is the cutting edge in education and could be a model for the country."

"This program is very strong and will provide a base for students of all ages. There is an interdisciplinary approach that research has indicated is the best way to provide learning to younger students."

"The integration of education, the arts and healthy living is terrific."

"The organization is particularly attentive to the teachers curriculum and the school's needs with a strong attentiveness to the standards and benchmarks."

" The quality is tremendous and the community support is apparent. "

Teacher Testimonials Video

Teacher Testimonials

Teacher and Parent Testimonial Video

A String Of Testimonial Pearls with teachers and parents

Years Later

A quote from a middle school student who participated
in the 2nd grade Mathamagic Program in 2008:
"Hey Paul! Do you remember me? From Carlos Gilbert Elementary. You did that Talking Hands Talking Feet thing with us. That was awesome, you guys rock."
When Paul asked him if he took up an instrument..
"Totally, yeah, guitar. That was all you! Guys (turning to his friends), this dude totally rocks it on the guitar. Yeah, I loved what you guys did. I went to my sister's show last year. She loved you guys. Anyway, gotta go to class..."

Carolyn, a former parent in 2005 said
"Your music is the soundtrack of our son and daughter's childhood!"

Quotes from Educators

"It was a phenomenal performance this year, a perfect integration of art, physical activity and academics. Thank you, Melanie and Paul, for the great job with the students." – Head of arts at Santa Fe Public

"It made learning about the body systems more engaging and fun. It helped us reach all types of learners." –Teacher 1st grade

"It was fun for them to learn science through movement and music. Your lyrics were catchy and kids sang them throughout the day." -Teacher 2nd grade

Press and Radio

click for New Mexico Free Press Article - Agua Fria Elementary "Human Body School" January 2009

Listen to Green Talk Radio interview with producer and host Faren Dancer 2011

Listen to Santa Fe Radio Cafe interview with producer and host Mary-Charlotte Domandi -from KSFR March 4th 2009

click for Outside Evaluation conducted by 3rd year students from Tufts University

Quotes from Parents

"My son learned more about the human body in 1st grade, than I learned in a whole 8th grade semester of Health. This is a wonderful program that I would love to see in every school! The actual performance was incredible!"

"It was the highlight of my year, going to watch my children at school doing the Talking Hands Talking Feet. I really miss it!"

"I was extremely delighted and impressed with this entire production. The backdrops explaining each body part was fantastic. The children in their respective classes and areas of the body sang so articulately and they seemed to actually “enjoy” what they sang and the movement that went along with the songs! Well Done! Thank you very much."

"This program seemed to bring to life a sense of appreciation, togetherness and thankfulness that we feel young people can benefit from."

"I don’t know how you get these kids to do these shows!! You all are a wonder!! Thanks for all your talent and effort."

Letter from School Director

Dear Melanie,

At Something Good in the World, we use the Talking Hands Talking Feet CDs and songs and many of the dances on a daily basis! One way we use the songs is that we start our mornings with each class singing their own class song. These were commissioned from Paul Zeir (since 2003) and each year that we have added a grade to our Earth School programs, we add a new song! The range of this is from age 5 to age 11, Kindergarten through 5th grade. The daily class song is a kind of call-over or preparation for the day, as each group sings words that express its own age-appropriate Identity and the qualities that are sought in the learning process, such as Trust or Cohesion. We also have choreography for each song, which allows children to have a whole mind-body experience, promoting inter-hemispheric balance, and providing a good physical warm-up at the same time. All year long, we find opportunities to perform our class songs, whether for parents or concerts or field trips, and these songs and dances promote a sense of school unity.

We also use the THTF CDs themselves on a weekly basis. Each time that we set out on a new thematic unity of study with the children, the teachers look for accompanying songs from "Rainbow Train", "Do Re Mi Dragon" or “Heartbeat of the Future” that can illustrate our studies, and enhance them. So for example, if we are doing a two week unit that includes Memory and Coordination, we will make use of specific songs and movements like "We've Got the Rhythm" or "Kalamazoo" or "Shaking Up the Trees" that are both fun and engaging, and call for both memory work and physical coordination.

There is not a day that goes by that we aren't using the music and lyrics of Paul Zeir, and at least once a week we are benefitting from movements choreographed by Melanie Zeir. There is no way to describe what our educational programs would be like without these. I suppose: quiet and still!

Our method of education is hands-on, experiential, and whole body oriented, engaging all of the senses. Whenever we need a song or dance to supplement a lesson, or illustrate an idea, we turn to THTF. With our older classes, the best example of this is the "We The People" workshop that they have designed. This year, on Constitution Day, we followed the outline of their workshop, and afterwards our 3rd - 5th graders were totally inspired by watching their DVD, to see how other students had done the same work in other schools. I think that for younger children, they just love and accept the THTF CDs, songs, and choreography as part of our classes. They don't have any idea what life would be like without this. For the older students, as they have graduated from the earlier songs and movements, they seem to be really fulfilled by the class songs that we commissioned from Paul Zeir. Even 11 year olds, who can think themselves too "cool" to sing, find themselves involved in the songs by doing the movements. I hope this offers a picture of how valuable the THTF body of work is in our programs.

We have gotten so used to this being a part of our daily educational process, that we don't think about how it must be for teachers who don't have access to this work. It's so easy to put on the CD and get the children up and moving, I can't imagine not doing this every day.

With best wishes,

  Barbara Sarbin, Educational Program Director

Something Good in the World at Hilltop Hanover Farm

www.somethinggoodintheworld.org

"It's so easy to put on the CD and get the children up and moving, I can't imagine not doing this every day."

"There is not a day that goes by that we aren't using the music and lyrics of Paul Zeir. There is no way to describe what our educational programs would be like without these. I suppose: quiet and still!"

"Our method of education is hands-on, experiential, and whole body oriented, engaging all of the senses. Whenever we need a song or dance to supplement a lesson, or illustrate an idea, we turn to THTF."