Tom Chapin

March 2016

Folk Music Favorite

Tom Chapin delighted the PSE students and staff last year and we are thrilled to have him back!  Mr. Chapin makes music for all ages, but we particularly love his songs for children.

Mr. Chapin holds a unique spot in children’s music because he has achieved the trifecta –his songs are loved by children, parents, and teachers alike!  His songs have been used so regularly in classrooms across America that he has a page on his website dedicated to teachers that lists his songs and lessons that could be taught using them.

In his five decades as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, Mr. Chapin has won three GRAMMYs.  They are for his spoken-word albums for children:  Mama Don’t Allow, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and The Train They Call The City Of New Orleans.

Mr. Chapin’s most recent album, 70, is for grown-ups and features songs on the topics of social activism, the importance of art in schools, and ecological issues.

This event is not open to the public.

The video below provides insight into how and why Mr. Chapin started making music for children.


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