Crossposted on YoungPeoplesPavilion.com
“As outrageous and funny and full of passion for reaching/teaching children as Gary in his wildest performances.” — Jane Yolen, author of the Caldecott-winning Owl Moon, the Commander Toad books, and How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?
These multi-instrumentalists and singers, Rebecca Padula and Gary Dulabaum, perform music that is truly fun for everyone, from rock to jazz to twangy country and gospel.
PaDulabaum came together in early 2013 to enthusiastically explore their love of great songs, no matter the genre. From standard jazz tunes, country songs loaded with twang, to ole time gospel tunes that will make you want to believe, blues tunes that make it feel good to feel bad, and rock tunes that just plain rock.
Accompanying themselves on mandolin, banjo and acoustic and electric guitars, they strive for a sound that takes you from the back roads of Americana right into the city’s heart and core.
Both singer-songwriters, Rebecca and Gary haven’t forgotten their roots as evidenced in their original songs about the people and places they’ve encountered on that musical highway.
Whether it is a cover tune, a traditional tune or one of their originals, they sing with a harmony all their own.
In this memoir about kids, creativity, and the power of songwriting, My Teacher Rides a Harley: Enhancing K-5 Literacy Through Songwriting, Dulabaum inspires and entertains. The book includes a detailed songwriting process, a CD of 16 songs to sing along with, and classroom activities to enhance the value of the songs. A great way for teachers to expose their students to the writing process and encourage their personal creativity.
“My Teacher Rides a Harley: Enhancing K-5 Literacy Through Songwriting is a valuable book for all teachers – not just K-5. Any teacher can use it to make curriculum happen – no matter what the subject,” wrote Susan L. McBride an Amazon.
Dulabaum teaches you, step-by-step, how to have students use curriculum to write lyrics to familiar tunes. Students (and you) have fun, and REMEMBER! He also addresses the music we all have inside of us. He shows how reading fluency can be enhanced by putting books to rhythm and music. Another plus is Gary’s story of entering schooling – something for all educators to laugh and cry about – and learn from. Use the tools and enjoy the message – it has life-changing implications for those who listen and take action. Enjoy!
“Gary’s…powerful methods enable children and teachers to experience the joy of communicating,” wrote Dr. Mary Bigler, Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Eastern Michigan University. “Who could ask for more?”
“[This book] is an excellent and highly commended resource for classroom teachers, reading instruction specialists, and home schoolers.” — Midwest Book Reviews July 2003 Issue