Hap Palmer pioneered the integration of music and movement in the area of early childhood education. His songs enhance the development of motor skills, language acquisition, reading readiness, and math concepts as well as nurture the imaginative process and encourage creative problem solving. His widespread popularity in schools and day-care centers for over twenty years, has made him a living legend within the teaching community for young children. Teachers have used his music for more than two generations to teach letters, numbers, phonics, days of the week, colors, shapes and more. A third generation of children are now learning with his songs and movement innovations.
An accomplished musician, singer/songwriter and educator, his multiple skilled talent on guitar, bass, percussion, saxophone, and clarinet can be heard on his various recordings. His BABY SONGS live-action music video series for young children has sold over 2 million units. Hap's recordings and videos have received numerous honors including the Parents' Choice Award, the American Library Association Notable Designation, the National Association of Parent Publications Award, The Early Childhood News Directors Choice Award and the American Video Award.
As a teacher of teachers, Hap is a regular host of classes and workshops for many school districts and organizations, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the University of California at Los Angeles Education Extension, the Los Angeles City Schools, the Georgia Preschool Association, the Oklahoma Early Childhood Association, the New England Kindergarten Conference, and many others. Using his background in music, education, and dance, he is able to help teachers find innovative, imaginative and fun ways to teach their students with enjoyable music and lyrics that children love to listen to over and over again.
With a Masters Degree in Dance Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a love of music, Hap Palmer has given the world of early childhood education and young children a lasting gift of learning that has spanned the generations.
His recent release Multiplication Mountain won the 2009 Parent's Choice Gold Award. In May of 2010 he released his newest CD Learning In Two Languages / Aprendiendo en dos idiomas, a bilingual recording where each song is presented in English and Spanish.