Elementary POP! Gets Kids Singing With $10,000 Video Singing Contest for Elementary School Students Grades K-3

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Schools submitting videos of students singing “Elementary POP! Glee Club Volume One” songs can win cash prizes in eight different categories

Elementary POP! Executive Producer, Richard Snee

“Not only is singing the purest form of self expression, additionally, for early elementary students, classroom singing can be the ultimate team sport, rich with camaraderie and community,” said Richard Snee, Executive Producer of Elementary POP!

Elementary POP!, the free classroom singing program built to drive academic achievement for early elementary grade students, announced today the Elementary POP! Video Singing Contest, with total cash prizes of $10,000.

The Elementary POP! Project, in addition to supporting the pursuit of academic achievement through vocal music, practically addresses two of the major shortcomings in today’s early elementary music programs: the lack of age appropriate pop music and the absence of funding. “Not only is singing the purest form of self expression, additionally, for early elementary students, classroom singing can be the ultimate team sport, rich with camaraderie and community,” said Richard Snee, Executive Producer of Elementary POP!

According to music reviewer Shaday Stewart, “Composer Richard Snee delivers eight tracks of high-powered children’s pop songs that delight the ears with upbeat melodies as educational lyrics stimulate the mind. An ongoing narrative of empowerment motivates children to celebrate school, celebrate youth and celebrate the world we live in.”

Dr. Laurel Trainor, Prof. of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behavior at McMaster University, has reported the importance of vocal music training for young students, “Musically trained children performed better (than students without music training,) in a memory test that is correlated with general intelligence skills such as literacy, verbal memory, visiospatial processing, mathematics and IQ.”

The Elementary POP! songs, MP3s and sheet music PDFs, are available free of charge at elementarypop.com

What educators are saying about Elementary POP!:
“As a performer and music educator I am saddened at the dwindling resources for music in schools. The “Elementary Pop” project has crossover educational potential for lesson plans in history, art, music, and math. The possibilities are endless and the price is right! Free.” -- Dr. John Peragine.

“Elementary POP! is combining multiple teaching methods into one program, easily accessible by all classrooms. It is being done with vigor, with excitement and with results by using music that is fun and relevant to both teachers and students. I have used many different song-based curricula over the years in my classrooms, but none have had the immediate and noticeable impact of this one.” -- Gregory Pavliv, MA, ASCAP

Quotes from the Summer 2011, Music Educators’ National Conference (MENC) meeting:

"I didn't know that something like this even existed. It's really cool! -- Elementary Music Teacher from Dallas, TX.

"This would work in my gym classes. I know my kids would love to rock out while we have class and they would be the beneficiaries of cross-curriculum learning, too." -- Elementary P.E. Teacher from Chicago, IL.

"It would be interesting to see the impact of this positive learning on an entire district." -- Music Teacher from San Francisco, CA.

"It doesn't sound like it's teaching so the kids won't realize they're learning." – Music Teacher from Atlanta, Georgia

HOW TO ENTER THE ELEMENTARY POP! VIDEO SINGING CONTEST:
1. Schools make a video of classes singing any Elementary POP! song
2. Videos are uploaded to elementarypop.com
3. Entries will be accepted from Nov. 14, 2011 to April 20, 2012
4. Winners will be announced April 30, 2012
5. Over $10,000 in prizes will be awarded!

Contest Categories and Prizes include:
Best Kindergarten Class: 1st place - $1000; 2nd place - $500; 3rd place - $250
Best First Grade Class: 1st place - $1000; 2nd place - $500; 3rd place - $250
Best Second Grade Class: 1st place - $1000; 2nd place - $500; 3rd place - $250
Best Third Grade Class: 1st place - $1000; 2nd place - $500; 3rd place - $250
Additional awards will be presented for: Best Choreography, Best Vocal Solo, Most Original Video, and the School with the Most Entries.

About Elementary POP!

The Elementary POP! Project, led by composer and Executive Producer Richard Snee, delivers free “plug and play” tools for early elementary educators for easy facilitation of classroom singing. The effort is inspired by Britain’s “Sing Up” initiative and Howard Gardner’s “The Theory of Multiple Intelligences” teaching methodology. http://www.elementarypop.com
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