Richmond Residency - Spring 2016
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Thursday, March 17, 2016

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Subwoofer Microphone?
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Monday, March 7, 2016

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Song In Progress - Put a Little Love (working title)
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Friday, March 4, 2016

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Welcome Back
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Thursday, March 3, 2016

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Starting a Song On a Given Topic
From Tips For Young Songwriters
Saturday, January 16, 2016

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Skelly and Jack star in "Halloween Candy"
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Howdy friends, My wife, Lisa, and I have been working long hours on a secret project which we started a year ago; now it's ready for your eyeballs, just in time for Halloween! Today we bring you "Halloween Candy," a stop-motion animated film featuring the instrumental song "Skeleton Dance" from m... .. read more..

New Options on FlyingSpaghettiMusic.com
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Thursday, August 27, 2015

FlyingSpaghettiMusic.com Some of you know I've been releasing new songs under the label "Flying Spaghetti Music" via the crowd-funding platform Patreon. The closest analogy I can think of is it's like a subscription service. You pledge $1 or more per song, then you automatically get each new song... .. read more..

Be a Friend!
From Somebody's Hero
Thursday, August 27, 2015

This is the sort of thing we hope to inspire with Somebody’s Hero. These boys really know how to be a friend! .. read more..

Booking Details
From Somebody's Hero
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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Kimberly to the Rescue...
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Monday, August 3, 2015

Okay, here you go... Old site on top, thanks to Kimberly Chapman, who knows how to find things. (Nothing on the web is gone forever, I should know better than that!) And.. the new site on the bottom. Don't tell me which you like better. The new one is better. It just is. .. read more..

Brand New Website
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Monday, August 3, 2015

Darn - I didn't take a screenshot of the old website, and now it's gone forever. I'm unexpectedly emotional about that. I keep reloading the page but for now it just says "coming soon." Dealing with my nerves by writing to you. It's the end of an era for me. I learned html back when the World Wid... .. read more..

Andover and Andale, KS
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Monday, August 3, 2015

(Repairing original post from 6/22/14) Here are photos from our trip to Andover and Andale, Kansas last week. Thanks to Evalyn for taking photos during the shows! My reminder to take out the trash popped up over the slideshow in the middle of the Andover program! Thank you Apple IOS for syncing r... .. read more..

Derby, KS
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Monday, August 3, 2015

(Repairing original post from 6/18/14) Great day yesterday in Derby, KS! We saw this driving through town! A TARDIS mailbox in somebody's front yard. I'll bet they get the most interesting mail. My first audience - it was a packed house! "Bat Man" "Roundy Round" during the second show. We had a g... .. read more..

Our First Public Performance
From Somebody's Hero
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Somebody’s Hero is coming to the Stillwater Public Library for a show August 13 at 6:00 PM! We’ll do a workshop from 4:30 to 5:30 for kids age 12 and up, and the kids from the workshop will get to … Continue reading → .. read more..

Heart Health, Explosive Gas, and Mexican Mollies (2/8/15)
From Born to Do Science
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Last Sunday's program with Dr. Jennifer Shaw from the OSU Department of Integrative Biology, was about how we might learn something about our own body chemistry by studying some amazing fish from Mexico. I kicked us off with a new song called "Team Science." This is a topic I've wanted to work in... .. read more..

Higgs Boson Found! Now What? (1/25/15)
From Born to Do Science
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Last Sunday's program was a doozie! My guest was Dr. Flera Rizatdinova from the physics department at OSU. Flera analyzes data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). So we were talking about particle physics and it went long - very long. It's good though, because there were lots of questions. I th... .. read more..

Pet Rock
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What do your pets long to do in the middle of the night when the moon shines blue? Crank out some old-school rock n roll music, of course! My brand new song, "Pet Rock," is now available on YouTube , CDBaby , and iTunes !  This is the first of many songs to be released through FlyingSpaghett... .. read more..

Teaching Computers to Predict (1/11/2015)
From Born to Do Science
Friday, January 16, 2015

Last Sunday we presented the first of the current series of four Born To Do Science programs a the Stillwater Public Library. My guest was Allan Axelrod, who studies machine learning.  Allan has developed an algorithm (or set of computer instructions) he calls EIEIO, which helps computers ge... .. read more..

Wiggle Out Loud
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Monday, September 15, 2014

Yesterday was the second "Wiggle Out Loud" children's music festival in Oklahoma City. We are lucky to have this in our state - it's the only major children's music festival that's free to attend, and it includes great local, regional, and national acts! I was privileged to start things off, then... .. read more..

Haysville, KS and McConnell AFB
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Yesterday and today we did two shows in the Wichita, KS area - one at Haysville and one at McConnell AFB. At the Haysville Library "This is the sun..." at Haysville Roundy Round Longhorn "Cattle"ac on the way home from Haysville. At McConnell AFB "Hadrosaur Hoot" "Tyrannosaur Crunch" .. read more..

Kindercares in Norman
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Monday, July 14, 2014

This morning I performed for two Kindercare groups in Norman. I got to test out my new "Burglar Babysitter" song with both groups. It's a long one, but it definitely held their attention! Daycare shows are fun and spontaneous. I hope I get to do more! .. read more..

Metro Library System Tour
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Monday, July 14, 2014

Last week was our amazing tour of the Metro Library System in OKC! I had eleven shows scheduled over five days. Lisa was able to come with me four of those days. Friday I was on my own while Lisa drove to Arkansas to pick up the daughter from band camp. Hence, no photos - sorry! All the shows wen... .. read more..

Alva
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Two great shows at the Alva library yesterday! Lisa and I were sans child so Lisa snuck in these photos herself in between advancing the slides.  "Shake your spiny back bone..." "Spring your sharpened claw..." Bat Man - flap those wings! "Roundy Round!" .. read more..

Wilburton and McAlester
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Thursday, June 26, 2014

This week we were in Wilburton and McAlester. On Monday - Alva! The Wilburton library proudly features many metalic prehistoric creatures! The program room in Wilburton with its "Wild About Books" carpet! "Spring your sharpened claws!" "Freeze! - See if you can keep completely still..." My first ... .. read more..

Ada
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Monday, June 16, 2014

I performed in Ada Thursday. We've lost count of how many summers in a row I've been part of Ada's program. At least 15! I so appreciate having places like this where we feel right at home! Evalyn and Lisa came with me. This is one of the libraries Evalyn looks forward to visiting each year. Lisa... .. read more..

Mustang, Duncan, Perkins, Meeker
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Our first four programs of the summer have already come and gone! The rest of my summer schedule is here:  http://www.montyharper.com/Schedule.html I went to Mustang on my own last Thursday the 29th and helped kick their summer program off with the Sugar Free All-Stars! Lisa and Evalyn trave... .. read more..

The Importance of Kindness by George Saunders
From Somebody's Hero
Sunday, May 4, 2014

How can we empower kids to show kindness, when there so often is a perceived and/or real social cost for doing so? We want to show kids that going out on a limb to be kind to someone can truly be a heroic … Continue reading → .. read more..

Healthy Living
From Monty's Children's Music Blog
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fourth and fifth graders at Will Rogers Elementary wrote these songs with help from Monty Harper during a recent residency, made possible by the Oklahoma Arts Council. The songs were inspired by the City of Stillwater's Healthy Living campaign. Please listen and vote for your favorite below! The ... .. read more..

Will Wheaton on Being a Nerd
From Somebody's Hero
Monday, March 31, 2014

How fantastic for this girl to hear this spot-on message from Will Wheaton! How awesome would it be if she heard a similar message of support from her peers? We’re working on it. .. read more..

Loser Lizards and Motherly Winners (March 23, 2014)
From Born to Do Science
Friday, March 28, 2014

Our most recent program was on the Sunday after Spring Break. In hindsight, not the best date for a program! We had two kids show up, and their parents. So, a small group, but we had a great time anyway, and asked lots of good questions. In preparation for this program I visited my guest, Jess Ma... .. read more..

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