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John Jacobson John Jacobson Music Educator, Choreographer, Author John Jacobson is internationally recognized for his large-scale music and choreography productions. His outstanding body of work includes producing hundreds shows in association with Walt Disney Productions (including the opening of Disney Tokyo), directing choreography for presidential inaugurations, and producing massive song and dance numbers for events such as NBC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. His fans are legion, launching him into an Internet Sensation, through his entertaining and gleeful YouTube dance videos which have an incredible track record for going viral, attracting millions upon millions of views.  With a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University, John has written, composed and choreographed musicals and choral works that have been performed by millions worldwide, as well as countless educational videos that have been incorporated into music teaching curriculums. John’s works are published exclusively with Hal Leonard Corporation. John is the founder and volunteer president of America Sings! Inc., a non-profit organization that encourages young performers to use their time and talents for community service.  John is also recognized internationally as a creative and motivating speaker for teachers and students involved in music education and was named Presidential Point of Light by President Clinton.  He founded the classroom standard John Jacobson’s Music Express Magazine (where he continues as Senior Contributing Writer) reaching nearly 4 million children world-wide. John recently penned the new book Double Dreams: Living a Life of Glee, Harmony, and Oh Yes….JAZZ HANDS! and its DVD companion, ‘Double Dream Hands – Songs for Fun and Fitness’. John’s other works include jJump! DVD fitness series for kids (of all ages), his motivational book A Place in the Choir and many new videos on his Music Express YouTube channel.    Publications by John Jacobson
John Higgins John Higgins John Higgins is currently a free-lance composer, arranger and producer for the educational divisions of Hal Leonard LLC, the nation's largest publisher of printed music. He began in the music field as the student arranger for the University of Michigan Band under Dr. William D. Revelli, and gained invaluable experience as a public school music teacher in suburban Chicago. John served as Illinois president of the American String Teachers Association, and his school concerts featured renowned soloists and conductors such as Skitch Henderson, Charlie Byrd, and Arthur Fiedler of the Boston Pops. A co-author of the Essential Elements series of methods, John is best known for his many compositions and arrangements for choirs, bands and orchestras. As a composer of children's songs, he collaborated with such notables as John Jacobson, Roger Emerson and Emily Crocker on musicals, including How Does Your Garden Grow? and A Storybook Christmas. John has also arranged and produced a large catalog of children's music, including The Runaway Snowman, Peace Child, and Leslie Bricusse's Scrooge. His recording production for McGraw-Hill's Share the Music textbook series included music from Sesame Street, Disney films, and a special project with the late Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. In Broadway shows for young performers, John arranged and produced new versions of Annie, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, and The Music Man, among others. His two Grammy award-winning projects include arranging on Sandi Patti's Another Time, Another Place (Best Pop Gospel Album) and co-producing on Rob McConnell's Live in Digital (Best Big Band Jazz Album). John served as president of Jenson Publications before it became part of Hal Leonard LLC. In addition to his writing and producing activities, he maintains a role in music education as a guest conductor, clinician and author. Publications by John Higgins
Meet John Jacobson Meet John Jacobson Composing, choreographing, teaching, and performing, John Jacobson has become a familiar face to hundreds of thousands of children and music educators throughout North America and abroad. As a performer, he has sung and danced for children and adults in schools in every state of the union, most Canadian provinces, and many foreign countries. His most recent original recordings, Hop 'til You Drop, Conga in the Kitchen, and Around the World with Me, have quickly become favorites of children everywhere. He has written songs that have been licensed by Sesame Street and performed by their characters in live productions. John is a popular hit with junior high, elementary, and preschool children. As a motivational speaker, John is in constant demand for teacher workshops and faculty in-services as well as school assemblies and student rallies. His motivational tapes and videotapes, To Be a Teacher and If It Ain't Got Heart, It Ain't Art!, are fast sellers in the education field. As a writer and composer, John has published dozens of musicals and musical revues for schools and churches. Thousands of schools across the country perform John's musicals as a part of their curriculum each year. Besides the numerous musicals and single songs, John has also published and sold his educational resource materials including Gotta Sing/Gotta Dance (a how-to book/video on choreography), John Jacobson's Dictionary of Dance, and hundreds of videos for use in music classrooms. John is the founder and president of America Sings, Inc., a non-profit, charitable organization that creates non-competitive choral festivals. These festivals provide young performers with the opportunity to utilize their talents in service projects and worthwhile causes. Since 1989, more than 100,000 young people have attended these events. John has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Literature from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Meet John Jacobson Composing, choreographing, teaching, and performing, John Jacobson has become a familiar face to hundreds of thousands of children and music educators throughout North America and abroad. As a performer, he has sung and danced for children and adults in schools in every state of the union, most Canadian provinces, and many foreign countries. His most recent original recordings, Hop 'til You Drop, Conga in the Kitchen, and Around the World with Me, have quickly become favorites of children everywhere. He has written songs that have been licensed by Sesame Street and performed by their characters in live productions. John is a popular hit with junior high, elementary, and preschool children. As a motivational speaker, John is in constant demand for teacher workshops and faculty in-services as well as school assemblies and student rallies. His motivational tapes and videotapes, To Be a Teacher and If It Ain't Got Heart, It Ain't Art!, are fast sellers in the education field. As a writer and composer, John has published dozens of musicals and musical revues for schools and churches. Thousands of schools across the country perform John's musicals as a part of their curriculum each year. Besides the numerous musicals and single songs, John has also published and sold his educational resource materials including Gotta Sing/Gotta Dance (a how-to book/video on choreography), John Jacobson's Dictionary of Dance, and hundreds of videos for use in music classrooms. John is the founder and president of America Sings, Inc., a non-profit, charitable organization that creates non-competitive choral festivals. These festivals provide young performers with the opportunity to utilize their talents in service projects and worthwhile causes. Since 1989, more than 100,000 young people have attended these events. John has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Literature from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Hal Leonard Online - Who is John Jacobson?
Calendar of Events Calendar of Events Conventions & Shows Piano Workshops Choral Workshops Instrumental Workshops Technology Workshops Drum/Percussion Workshops Conventions Hal Leonard is exhibiting at the following conventions: Southwest Music Summer Exhibition 2020 July 23-25, 2020 San Antonio, TX Click for More Information Piano Workshops ALPHABETICAL BY STATE/PROVINCE/COUNTRY Call the sponsoring dealer for more information or to register. Illinois - Phillip Keveren On Tour 2020 July 16, 2020 PM Music Center - 630-978-9927 PM Music Center Aurora, Illinois Clinician - Phillip Keveren, Hal Leonard LLC Click for More Information Choral Events Call the sponsoring dealer for more information or to register. Joy of Worship - Dallas Saturday, July 11, 2020 Pender's Music Company & Hal Leonard - 1-800-772-5918 Embassy Suites Denton Clinician - Joseph M. Martin, John Purifoy and Click for More Information Joy of Singing - Dallas July 9 - 11, 2020 Pender's Music Company & Hal Leonard isi - 1-800-772-5918 Embassy Suites/Denton Convention Center Clinician - J. Jacobson, R. Emerson, R. Dilworth, G. Gilpin, M. Huff, R. Eckert, & J. Mlynczak Click for More Information Sing-a-bration Thursday, July 9 Pender's Music Co. & Hal Leonard - 1-800-772-5918 Embassy Suites/Denton Clinician - Greg Gilpin Click for More Information Joy of Worship - Atlanta Tuesday, July 14, 2020 J. W. Pepper - Georgia & Hal Leonard - 1-800-345-6296 or (770) 941- 9100 Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport / Millennium Cnt Clinician - Joseph Martin & Brad Nix Click for More Information Joy of Singing - Atlanta July 14 - 15, 2020 J. W. Pepper - Georgia & Hal Leonard - 1-800-345-6296 or (770) 941-9100 Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport/Millennium Cent Clinician - John Jacobson, Cristi Cary Miller, Mac Huff, Greg Gilpin, Joni Jensen Click for More Information Joy of Singing - Minneapolis July 22 - 23, 2020 J. W. Pepper - Minnesota & Hal Leonard - 1-800-345-6296 or (952) 938 - 0028 Wooddale Church Eden Prairie, MN Clinician - John Jacobson, Roger Emerson, Emily Crocker, and Christine Bass Click for More Information Joy of Worship - Minneapolis Wednesday, July 22, 2020 J. W. Pepper - Minnesota & Hal Leonard - 1-800-345-6296 or (952) 938 - 0028 Wooddale Church Eden Prairie, MN Clinician - Pepper Choplin & Brad Nix Click for More Information Joy of Singing - Seattle July 27 - 28, 2020 J. W. Pepper - Washington & Hal Leonard - -800-345-6296 or (425) 291-9400 DoubleTree Seattle Airport Clinician - John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Greg Gilpin and Carrie Tennant Click for More Information Joy of Worship - Seattle Monday, July 27, 2020 J. W. Pepper - Washington & Hal Leonard - 1-800-345-6296 or (425) 291 - 9400 DoubleTree Seattle Airport Clinician - Heather Sorenson, John Purifoy and Stacey Nordmeyer Click for More Information Joy of Singing - Columbus July 30 - August 1, 2020 Stanton's Sheet Music & Hal Leonard - 1-800-426-8742 or (614) 224-4257 Stanton's Sheet Music Columbus, OH Clinician - John Jacobson, Roger Emerson, Cristi Cary Miller and Jonathan Palant Click for More Information Instrumental Events ALPHABETICAL BY STATE/PROVINCE/COUNTRY There are no Instrumental Events at this time. Technology Events There are no Technology Events at this time. Drum/Percussion Events There are no Drum/Percussion Events at this time.
What is Music Express Magazine Hal Leonard Online - What is Music Express Magazine? Welcome to John Jacobson's Music Express! The music magazine for teachers AND students. John Jacobson, internationally recognized music educator and clinician, has pulled together leading elementary teachers and songwriters to create a new resource specifically for the elementary classroom. (Read John's bio.) Says John, "MUSIC EXPRESS is the magazine designed to help you, the everyday hero, as you share music with young people in your classrooms. It will bring you fresh ideas from some of the best music educators in the country in a format that's easy to use and fun!" So how can MUSIC EXPRESS help you in the elementary classroom? It will: engage students with their own full-color magazine supply you with 5 new songs in each issue to add to your curriculum provide you with great new activities and teaching strategies keep you current on issues facing music educators nationwide MAGAZINE PROFILE MUSIC EXPRESS!™ Unique music education resource to help strengthen your curriculum and make your classroom more fun! Issued 6 times during the school year (August/September, October/November, December, January/ February, March/April, May/June). Now starting its sixth successful season! PUBLISHER Hal Leonard PO Box 13819 Milwaukee, WI 53213 CIRCULATION Over 3,000,000 student readers DISTRIBUTION Sold only by subscription to elementary music classes FORMAT A basic classroom set includes (for each issue): 30 full-color Student magazines, one Teacher's magazine, and one CD. CONTENT Educational: No advertisements. Each issue of MUSIC EXPRESS presents a wealth of new content and support. Published 6 times during the school year from August through June, every issue consists of: 30 full-color Student Magazines (for Grades K-6) a Teacher's Magazine containing keyboard accompaniments, choreography notes, instrumental parts, activities, full-length lesson plans correlated to the National Standards, and columns a CD with vocal and instrumental versions of each featured song, plus listening selections COST A Basic Subscription is only $195! (Click here for more information) Welcome to John Jacobson's Music Express! The music magazine for teachers AND students. John Jacobson, internationally recognized music educator and clinician, has pulled together leading elementary teachers and songwriters to create a new resource specifically for the elementary classroom. (Read John's bio.) Says John, "MUSIC EXPRESS is the magazine designed to help you, the everyday hero, as you share music with young people in your classrooms. It will bring you fresh ideas from some of the best music educators in the country in a format that's easy to use and fun!" So how can MUSIC EXPRESS help you in the elementary classroom? It will: engage students with their own full-color magazine supply you with 5 new songs in each issue to add to your curriculum provide you with great new activities and teaching strategies keep you current on issues facing music educators nationwide MAGAZINE PROFILE MUSIC EXPRESS!™ Unique music education resource to help strengthen your curriculum and make your classroom more fun! Issued 6 times during the school year (August/September, October/November, December, January/ February, March/April, May/June). Now starting its sixth successful season! PUBLISHER Hal Leonard PO Box 13819 Milwaukee, WI 53213 CIRCULATION Over 3,000,000 student readers DISTRIBUTION Sold only by subscription to elementary music classes FORMAT A basic classroom set includes (for each issue): 30 full-color Student magazines, one Teacher's magazine, and one CD. CONTENT Each issue of MUSIC EXPRESS presents a wealth of new content and support. Published 6 times during the school year from August through June, every issue consists of: 30 full-color Student Magazines (for Grades K-6) a Teacher's Magazine containing keyboard accompaniments, choreography notes, instrumental parts, activities, full-length lesson plans correlated to the National Standards, and columns a CD with vocal and instrumental versions of each featured song, plus listening selections COST A Basic Subscription is only $195! (Click here for more information)
Cheryl Lavender Cheryl Lavender Cheryl Lavender, Doctor of Music Education (honoris causa), is internationally recognized as a master music educator, composer, clinician and keynote speaker. Having taught music for 37 years from elementary through university levels, Cheryl maintains an active writing/speaking schedule through Hal Leonard.  Cheryl’s 50+ music resources include games, songs, and teaching strategies. Popular titles: ROUND the World, World Partners, Beautiful Music - Beautiful Children posters, The Ultimate Music Assessment and Evaluation Kit, Making Each Minute Count, Songs of the Rainbow Children, Rhythm/Melody Flash Cards, and the popular Bingo series.  In 2016, Cheryl was awarded a DMusEd (h.c.) degree from VanderCook College of Music. She is a contributing composer for MacMillan/McGraw-Hill textbook Spotlight On Music and John Jacobson's Music Express magazine. In 2005, Cheryl received the WMEA Distinguished Service Award and the Central Michigan University Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2004, she was awarded the NEA Arts@Work $5000 grant funding the school's piano lab. In 1996, she taught in South Africa for Eisenhower Citizen Ambassadors. In 1993, Cheryl received Elmbrook School’s Outstanding Teacher Award.  Cheryl's enthusiasm for teaching music and her love for children make her one of the most sought-after clinicians in music education. Cheryl's academic background includes a music education degree from Central Michigan University and graduate work at Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin, and VanderCook College of Music. Cheryl and her husband, Paul, reside in Brookfield, WI. Publications by Cheryl Lavender
Reader Testimonials Reader Testimonials Music Express is making my life easier and making the concepts more accessible to the students. THANK YOU, MUSIC EXPRESS! Lori Simmons - New River Elementary, New River, AZ Music Express keeps all our batteries charged full. I look forward to each new issue. Sometimes I don-t know who is more excited, my students or me! Sue Berry - Smith Road Elementary, Temperance, MI I love the CDs. The quality of recordings are excellent, a real plus to teaching. Jenice Rosen - Sierra Canyon School, Chatsworth, CA I love the fact that the choreography can be found on your website. Ghislaine Stewart - Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Binghamton, NY I love this magazine! In our school, where the budget is so tight, it helps with my general music classes as well as my choral program. Keep up the good work! Cyndi Crowder - Col. Wm. Casey Elementary School, Columbia, KY Music Express is an exceptional value, exceptional quality, thorough and creative-a real pick-me-up for any teacher. This is the most helpful contribution to music resources in my 32 years of teaching. Julie Warren - Redondo Elementary, Homestead, FL I have sung your praises since the moment I started using it. Thank you for providing something I have been looking for my entire career-a season-by-season, moment-by-moment, up-to-date tool to use to share the awesome world of music to my students. Cindy Wilkerson - Springmore Elementary, Shelby, NC Thank you for sending the Music Express magazine. I love "Music Explosion." You are the best, John Jacobson. Music is everything to me. Jonathon L., Grade 4 - Bel Air School, Minot, ND, Sue Ellen Johnson, Music Teacher Music Express rocks! Lauren J., Grade 5, Pleasant Hill Elementary, Pleasant Hill, IL, Sue Coldwell, Music Teacher This is the best supplemental resource for the elementary music classroom that I-ve ever worked with! Linda Holcombe - Highlands Ranch, CO Music Express has rejuvenated my teaching and my classroom. After 28 years of teaching, it is a delight to walk into school and use such fresh, innovative, high quality material. My students love it! Eileen DiRaddo - Camp Hill, PA I have a wonderful time singing and dancing with Music Express. I hope that other kids in the country get to have the same experience. Jenny D., Grade 6 - Springfield, IL Music Express has brought a spark back to my teaching. These are fresh ideas that really encourage me. Thank you for the wonderful opportunities Music Express gives our children. Cynthia Jones - Watterson Elementary, Louisville, KY I love the fact that the lesson plans are there for me! Easy to do and follow. DeAnna Guzman - East Indianola Elementary, Topeka, KA Every month my elementary students look forward to using the magazines. One little fellow calls them the -Music Explosion- books! Catherine Truesdale - Canterbury School, Fort Meyers, FL Music Express magazine is a wonderful tool to help teach young students. The great songs and colored illustrations along with the listening lessons and CD make this a fantastic music magazine! Donna Randall - Meadows Upper Elementary, Rochester, MI I don-t know how I survived my first three years of teaching without Music Express! The magazine provides great lessons and activities that can either stand alone or supplement things we are already doing in class. Rebecca Well - Grant Elementary, Ridgefield Park, NJ I LOVE the music, CD articles, information about warm-ups, K-1-2 activities- everything! This is my personal teaching style. I can-t believe there is a magazine to supplement my program so well! Dianne Borth - Gardner Elementary, Olathe, KS I really like the idea of something to put in the hands of the children that is so colorful and appealing to them. Ingrid Wingate - R.B. Wright Elementary, Moultrie, GA I teach K-5th grade in four buildings and in many rooms. Textbooks are too heavy to move from room to room, but I can use the magazines in many locations! Karen McCausland - Edgarton Elementary School, Newfield, NJ I love that the lessons are aligned with the National Standards and are laid out so well. Margaret Lott - Suttons Bay elementary, Suttons Bay, MI What a wonderful teacher resource! Each issue is truly inspirational, instructional and a gentle reminder to anyone who might be drooping why we love children and our truly noble profession! Keep it coming! Rebecca Arnold - Mansfield, OH Hal Leonard Online - Reader Testimonials Reader Testimonials Music Express is making my life easier and making the concepts more accessible to the students. THANK YOU, MUSIC EXPRESS! Lori Simmons - New River Elementary, New River, AZ Music Express keeps all our batteries charged full. I look forward to each new issue. Sometimes I don-t know who is more excited, my students or me! Sue Berry - Smith Road Elementary, Temperance, MI I love the CDs. The quality of recordings are excellent, a real plus to teaching. Jenice Rosen - Sierra Canyon School, Chatsworth, CA I love the fact that the choreography can be found on your website. Ghislaine Stewart - Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Binghamton, NY I love this magazine! In our school, where the budget is so tight, it helps with my general music classes as well as my choral program. Keep up the good work! Cyndi Crowder - Col. Wm. Casey Elementary School, Columbia, KY Music Express is an exceptional value, exceptional quality, thorough and creative-a real pick-me-up for any teacher. This is the most helpful contribution to music resources in my 32 years of teaching. Julie Warren - Redondo Elementary, Homestead, FL I have sung your praises since the moment I started using it. Thank you for providing something I have been looking for my entire career-a season-by-season, moment-by-moment, up-to-date tool to use to share the awesome world of music to my students. Cindy Wilkerson - Springmore Elementary, Shelby, NC Thank you for sending the Music Express magazine. I love "Music Explosion." You are the best, John Jacobson. Music is everything to me. Jonathon L., Grade 4 - Bel Air School, Minot, ND, Sue Ellen Johnson, Music Teacher Music Express rocks! Lauren J., Grade 5, Pleasant Hill Elementary, Pleasant Hill, IL, Sue Coldwell, Music Teacher This is the best supplemental resource for the elementary music classroom that I-ve ever worked with! Linda Holcombe - Highlands Ranch, CO Music Express has rejuvenated my teaching and my classroom. After 28 years of teaching, it is a delight to walk into school and use such fresh, innovative, high quality material. My students love it! Eileen DiRaddo - Camp Hill, PA I have a wonderful time singing and dancing with Music Express. I hope that other kids in the country get to have the same experience. Jenny D., Grade 6 - Springfield, IL Music Express has brought a spark back to my teaching. These are fresh ideas that really encourage me. Thank you for the wonderful opportunities Music Express gives our children. Cynthia Jones - Watterson Elementary, Louisville, KY I love the fact that the lesson plans are there for me! Easy to do and follow. DeAnna Guzman - East Indianola Elementary, Topeka, KA Every month my elementary students look forward to using the magazines. One little fellow calls them the -Music Explosion- books! Catherine Truesdale - Canterbury School, Fort Meyers, FL Music Express magazine is a wonderful tool to help teach young students. The great songs and colored illustrations along with the listening lessons and CD make this a fantastic music magazine! Donna Randall - Meadows Upper Elementary, Rochester, MI I don-t know how I survived my first three years of teaching without Music Express! The magazine provides great lessons and activities that can either stand alone or supplement things we are already doing in class. Rebecca Well - Grant Elementary, Ridgefield Park, NJ I LOVE the music, CD articles, information about warm-ups, K-1-2 activities- everything! This is my personal teaching style. I can-t believe there is a magazine to supplement my program so well! Dianne Borth - Gardner Elementary, Olathe, KS I really like the idea of something to put in the hands of the children that is so colorful and appealing to them. Ingrid Wingate - R.B. Wright Elementary, Moultrie, GA I teach K-5th grade in four buildings and in many rooms. Textbooks are too heavy to move from room to room, but I can use the magazines in many locations! Karen McCausland - Edgarton Elementary School, Newfield, NJ I love that the lessons are aligned with the National Standards and are laid out so well. Margaret Lott - Suttons Bay elementary, Suttons Bay, MI What a wonderful teacher resource! Each issue is truly inspirational, instructional and a gentle reminder to anyone who might be drooping why we love children and our truly noble profession! Keep it coming! Rebecca Arnold - Mansfield, OH