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About Derek

 

The main goal of Sing Song Party Time is to provide fun and creative children’s music with an emphasis on healthy living and environmental awareness so that children will feel empowered to live full and happy lives.

Singing and playing music has always been a huge part of Derek's life as far back as he can remember...from playing with bands, djing and event planning, all the way to performing singing telegrams dressed as a penguin and a gorilla! The idea for writing children's music and entertaining with SING SONG PARTY TIME all started in 2005 while he was teaching English in Japan to kindergarten children. He has always held a strong passion for music and views it as a fun way to bring people together. Some of his favourite examples of this are in the songs and performances of RaffiFred Penner, Dan Zanes and of course the ever-funky YoGabbaGabba!. Applying the "party factor" to his lesson plans while teaching in Japan really made the classes exciting and interesting for his students. Years later, after having his own children, he found myself constantly picking up the guitar and singing as a means of educating them and just plain having a blast! The joy on their faces was enough to make him want to share the fun with more people through festival appearances, birthday parties, music/movement playgroups and all sorts of events! 

Music and Movement Programs:

It's never too early to start learning about the importance of caring for our environment and all the wonderful creatures on the Earth! Join singer and children's entertainer Derek McKinley for a super fun musical time celebrating our amazing planet! Derek starts each class with some basic yoga and then plays catchy songs that foster an appreciation for living healthy and environmentally aware. Children are encouraged to 'join the band' by using percussion instruments, playing eco-themed games and of course dancing!