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Harper Kids early sixties- a musical family!

From early family singalongs and church choirs, Campouts with Girl Scouts and other kids, to the excellent music programs of the Mt Diablo School District, to formal Music education at Mills College, my own Piano and Guitar Studio and Professional work in Benicia, CA, and the incorporation of children's music in every aspect of public school teaching, it has been delightful putting together an ever-expanding children's song repertoire. Music is the center; it connects to every subject, every event, every feeling- it is, indeed the Universal Language!

Christie Brain and Kristy Harper, 1971
Chirs n Kris took a Command Performance at CMEA, 1970
Girls' Barbershop Quartet, 1973
Michelle Harski, Chris Brain, Kris and Kelly Harper, 4 part a capella harmony

The Mt Diablo School District music programs of the sixties and seventies were the ultimate educational experience- most of the kids we grew up with in those programs are professional musicians today! From School choirs with Yvonne Vare Talarico and our "Jazz Sextet" vocal group with Rich Martin in 1967-8 at Gregory Gardens, to the wonderful choirs and Operettas at Valley View Intermediate with Joanne Masters, to the Choirs and ensembles under the direction of Jacki Mepyans and Julia Rowell at College Park High School, our lives were rich with music! And that's just the vocals-- the bands and orchestras were fantastic and competitive as well!

Kristy Harper on piano, CPHS Concert Choir 1973

1985, First Presbyterian Church, Vallejo
Kris Harper Directs singing and sign language for "America the Beautiful", Presby Kids' Choir

"Little Witch" musical, Benicia, CA, 1983
Musical by Kris Harper, Book by Anna Elizabeth Bennett

Early childhood years of children's choirs at St Andrews Presbyterian Church (next to Gregory Gardens Elementary) under the direction of Maybelle Brain, along with classroom singing and girl scout campfire singing and family camp singing helped build a repertoire of songs and memories to last a lifetime! Add to those our folks' involvement in Barbershop (SPEBSQSA) and Community Theater Musicals, and my future musical career was mapped out for me!

Ulatis Elementary, Vacaville, CA; Winter Program,
Mrs. Bush directs 3rd graders singing the Beach Boys' "Little St Nick", 1997

In Substitute teaching from 1987-90, and full time bilingual Classroom teaching since 1990, I found music to be absolutely invaluable in supporting and motivating every possible subject or concept. It has always been my trademark, something to share with students, staff and parents, not to mention family and friends. Motivational Speaker Jack Canfield advises having a clear Life Mission: Mine has been to "Bring people together with love through fostering self esteem and sharing music".

Kris and Bob with Ygnacio Valley Elementary Choir, 2009

Bob gives basic instruction



Music speaks to every child, and is a vehicle for communication, celebration, and the learning of every possible subject-- kids vibrate with the home tone and the shower of overtones that follows!


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