Zak Morgan’s wit has been compared to Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss. Zak has performed more than 2,500 concerts for children since 1999. Zak’s unique brand of music delivers songs and poems with wit and charm that inspire and tickle the funny bones. His performance is filled with musical stories, laughter and warmth as he encourages children to learn through reading, imagination, and believing in themselves. Students will use their voices, creativity and body movements to join in the fun.
After earning a B.A. in English from Kenyon College, Morgan worked as Director of Rights Acquisitions for Recorded Books, Inc. and was immersed in the rich offerings of children’s literature. His first CD, “Bloom”, was met with awards and many “Best of” listings and was followed by “When Bullfrogs Croak”. This CD was nominated for a GRAMMY, unusual for an independent release. In 2007 Zak released the DVD, “ZakLand”, with Hollywood director and producer Jay Silverman. 2011 brought “The Candy Machine”, an album about temptation and the golden rule. In February 2012, Morgan signed with myKaZoo Music/ Universal Music Enterprises and released “The Barber of the Beasts”. In 2014 Zak released “Christmas”, a collection of traditional pre-1900 Christmas songs.
16 Santo Lane, Au Sable Forks, NY 12912
Concerts are focused on students PreK-5th grade. Educational concerts offer two study guides with activities for both music education and arts integration with other subjects. In addition, teachers can access thirteen interactie lessons for classroom use at a variety of grade levels.
Creative writing workshops and residency (story and song) are offered for grades PreK-5th. They involve students in examining the elements of a good story, delving into rhyme schemes and literary devices and exploring the power of the imagination using music and storytelling.
The creative writing residency uses music and storytelling to exercise the imagination and encourage reading with the students. Over the course of the sessions, students learn the basic elements of a good story, create their own story and turn their story into a joint classroom song. Zak will record the students’ songs and make them available to the school and students via a link, so they can be posted on the school website/Facebook page and so each student will have access to them at home to share with their families. The residendy week usually concludes with an all-school Zak Morgan performance and an evening performance for families, where the each class performs their own song onstage.
Susan Lounsbury, Loyd Artists
Available year round
15′ x 15′ minimum performance space
Your site: school, library, theater
$750 per performance; $700 each for two performances, same day/same site
Please call for workshop/residency fees
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Describe how words and phrases (e.g. regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem or song.
Use singing, playing and/or moving to respond to a variety of musical ideas.
Recognize the relationships between music and concepts from other areas.
When the Artist has incurred travel expense to honor a contract and the contract or a portion of the contract is canceled due to weather, the artist will be paid in full and every attempt will be made to reschedule the services within the following 12 months at no additional charge to the Artist or the Presenter. It is understood that make-up dates will be rescheduled when the artist is traveling through an area and the Artist is under no obligation to pay additional travel expenses to make-up services canceled due to weather.
If the school cancels the Engagement in whole or in Part for reasons other than weather or any other legitimate condition beyond the control of the school, the school is responsible for full payment of the Engagement fee.