Monty Harper's award-winning children's songs promote literacy, creativity, and scientific thinking. His songs tackle non-fiction (scientific research, planetary motion, Oklahoma history) and fantasy (pet dragons run amuck, book-gobbling monsters, singing bugs), with a healthy sense of fun and adventure. His audiences can be observed to laugh, clap, sing, wiggle, shout, roar, giggle, jump, hoot, pop, snap, and more.
Harper takes his goofy kid’s music very seriously. Children are our future, after all, and he aims not only to entertain them, but to challenge them as well. In his programs children are focusing, thinking and participating. They are inspired to read, to write, to imagine, and to create.
Harper’s interest in performing for kids began with the creation of a silly song or two in 1989, the same year he entered the Master’s program in mathematics at Oklahoma State University. By the time he completed his degree in 1992 he was fielding a slew of requests for appearances at schools and libraries. He soon discarded the idea of becoming a college algebra instructor and launched a career in children’s music instead.
Harper releases new music regularly through FlyingSpaghettiMusic.com where his creative output is supported by patrons via the Patreon platform. Harper performs for elementary schools, libraries, and festivals throughout the Midwest. He has been a popular act on the Oklahoma Arts Council touring roster since 1995. He is a teaching artist, leading children in the creation of their own musical masterpieces. He writes songs for clients, and he hosts a science education program for his local public library.
Harper’s recordings and songs have won accolades and awards from Parents’ Choice, iParenting Media Awards, NAPPA, Children’s Music Web, Kids Radio Mania, Unisong International, and others. His CDs are available through CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes Music Store. Harper resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with his wife, Lisa, and their daughter, Evalyn. More information is at www.montyharper.com.