For Immediate Release
January 14, 2011
Children’s musician Will Stroet offers free song download for Family Literacy Day, Jan. 27
Celebrate reading and music with your kids
(Vancouver, B.C.) – Bilingual children’s musician Will Stroet, a two-time Western Canadian Music Award nominee, wants to spark a reading revival on Family Literacy Day, Jan. 27. Stroet is offering a free download of his song, “Reading Revival,” from his new album “Walk ‘n’ Roll,” from Jan. 24-31 to encourage families to visit the library and read their favourite books.
Stroet was inspired to write “Reading Revival” and “Don’t Judge a book by its Cover” for his Okanagan, Fraser Valley and Vancouver library tours this past summer. Both songs were huge hits with the hundreds of kids, parents and librarians Stroet performed for at more than 50 libraries this summer.
As a children’s performer, father and former teacher in Vancouver, Stroet understands the importance of supporting family literacy at school, in the community and at home. Both Stroet’s mother and grandmother were also teachers who believed music and reading encourage positive childhood development. Thanks to his mother’s enthusiastic efforts, by the time Stroet was three years old, he could recite around 50 songs and rhymes, and often performed them to the local merchants in his local Vancouver neighbourhood.
“In this digital age, it’s so important to build in daily reading time with your kids to get them hooked on books at an early age,” says Stroet. “I was inspired to write a song about some of my favourite books from childhood to get kids excited about reading. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Winnie-the-Pooh are classics that I’ll be sharing with my daughter when she’s a bit older. ”
Being both a teacher and musician, Stroet easily connects with kids and sings about themes such as reading, walking and bike safety, sports, vegetables, animals and personal hygiene. While the topics may seem typical of kids’ music, Stroet’s songwriting is clever, and refreshing with lively arrangements, appealing harmonies and, even some, face-melting guitar!
Stroet’s CDs are also popular teaching aids. He leads workshops for teachers about how to make learning more fun through using music in the classroom. He is also part of BC’s ArtStarts in Schools roster and has performed his highly entertaining show to enthusiastic young audiences at hundreds of libraries, schools and festivals in Canada.
Stroet is performing at Team Finn’s Finntastic Fundraiser at Highlands Elementary School on Jan. 23 at 3:30 pm; the Clearbrook Library’s Family Literacy Day on Jan. 29 at 12:30 pm; Mt. Seymour’s Family Snow Day on Jan. 30 at 11 am and noon; and at West Vancouver Memorial Library’s Valentine’s Day on Feb. 12 at 10:30 am. He is also touring many of the schools throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island this spring.
To download “Reading Revival,” buy CDs and for a list of Will Stroet’s upcoming shows, visitwww.willmusic.ca. You can watch fun music videos at www.youtube.com/willstroet, and connect with Stroet on Facebook and Twitter @willkidsmusic.CDs are also available on iTunes and at select retailers in B.C.
As a former educator and now a musician for families, Will is an ideal subject for an interview. He is available to talk about literacy, music and how they go hand in hand! For more information or to arrange for interviews, contact: