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was totally engaging. The kids loved his humour and passion and
vision. They easily understood the deeper meanings within his songs
and embraced the idea that they too can "move the world".
They loved having the opportunity to perform in a concert. Feedback
from parents was all positive. I loved the curriculum and character
connections, they were great. This was the most amazing performance
experience I've had with my kids."
- Monica Wand, primary lead teacher
"It was wonderful to see how quickly Joe established a positive
rapport with all students while also providing a well-planned structure
of activities to engage them. His talent as an artist inspired our
youngsters to demonstrate their understanding of how to make a difference
through performance, while his skill as a teacher enabled him to
provide key guidance to help our students achieve their vision at
the culminating concert. Our staff was impressed by how well Joe
was able to develop and extend our students' musical and dramatic
abilities in such a short period of time. Teachers were pleased
to observe and record students fulfilling Ontario curriculum drama
and music expectations during the classroom workshops.
The final concert was a tremendous celebration of the work the students
had accomplished with Joe's encouragement and direction as they
performed songs from his uplifting CDs "We Can Move the World"
and "Geometry Park" for their friends and family.
The character education and curriculum based concert connected readily
to our Arts Night event as well as our efforts to continue to raise
money for the Stephen Lewis foundation.
Our parent community was impressed with the level of performance
Joe had worked to facilitate with our students in addition to the
important life lessons highlighted over the four-day workshop. We
enjoyed Joe's cooperative and motivating manner while he was with
us and appreciated his keen attention to management details as well."
- Cathie Pennington, Principal
"Joe captured the hearts of staff and students immediately
as he began to work with our community. His energy, enthusiasm,
versatility and creativity in the area of Character Education permeated
throughout our building during this week. Well done, Joe!"
- Eileen Berg, Principal
"Our school had the privilege of working with Joe this year
and it was a wonderful experience for all involved. Joe and I met
early on to arrange the practice dates and times so that the teachers
involved were well informed and aware of the schedule. Joe was very
accommodating and worked wonderfully with the students and staff
to make this experience a memorable one for all involved. The feedback
I received from parents and staff has been wonderful and the students
continue to talk about their experience weeks after the event. I
would, without hesitation, have our school and students work with
Joe as part of his performance in the future."
- Mr. P. Cocurullo, Principal
"Joe Crone was a presenter at both the 2005 and 2006 London
International Children's Festivals. He gave 100% while working with
children both on and off the stage. Joe has a natural talent for
engaging children and bringing out their creative spirit. Joe's
compassion and caring put the children he worked with at ease while
they were onstage, without dampening any of their enthusiasm. Joe's
creative music sparks the imagination of youth. He not only got
the students actively participating in the performance, but also
the audience. The students, parents and teachers were very impressed
with Joe's diligent work with children.
Joe Crone is deeply committed to his music and working with children.
The end result of his engagements at the London International Children's
Festivals were performances that the children could be proud to
be a part of, and ones that everyone enjoyed. I would strongly recommend
Joe Crone to any school or organization that works with children."
- Kevin Tiggeloven, Board of Directors, The
London International Children's Festival
"What a wonderful performance and learning experience. Joe
Crone is truly an educational genius."
- Tracey Strohm, Principal
"Joe Crone worked with every student in the school to create
an amazing arts performance that helped students understand that
they can make a positive contribution to the world. With a focus
on the curriculum expectations and a sense of humour, students in
each class created their own dramatic presentations that parents
said were the "best performance ever".
Kim Smith, Principal
- Sheila MacRae, Vice Principal
"This was a fabulous experience for our kids and our staff.
It was great having all the props supplied and ready. For staff,
it was a relatively stress free preparation."
- Karen Connery, teacher
"Joe Crone's energy was contagious and invigorating. He worked
with our whole student body from K-7, motivating them to create
an enthusiastic performance of original songs and dramas. Students
had a chance to shine whether they chose to sing or act. It was
an amazing experience for everyone, and a fantastic way to promote
Character Education. Our parent community thoroughly enjoyed the
evening presentation. It was a great success!"
- Joanne Harris, Principal / Janet Keilhack,
"Outstanding! Great spirit builder for the school. Everyone
was involved and performed in a relaxed, no pressure atmosphere.
All the songs had great learning or character messages. I couldn't
believe how quickly it was put together. It looked like a performance
we had practiced for months but it was put together in as little
as 3 or 4 half hour sessions. All the students loved "J.C.".
Smiles all around. All schools should get this guy!"
- Tracey Woodhead, Teacher
"Joe, thanks for a super fast, super fun musical/drama week
for my class. It was the easiest music night ever from a teacher
point of view. My kids loved it too!"
- Helen Derry, Teacher
"The children loved working with Joe! Parents were delighted
and I learned how to use a variety of drama techniques along with
- B. Mahabir , Teacher
"Joe has a gift with children. He appeals to them in a way
that is engaging, respectful, loving and entertaining. All age groups
love working with Joe, from kindergarten students through to grade
eights. Even kids who often refuse to participate are drawn in by
Joe and give it their very best. The performance level after three
short practice sessions with Joe was phenomenal! Definitely one
of the very best visiting artists we have ever had at our school!"
- Kathrina McDade, Teacher
"Joe made an instant connection with the students who absolutely
worshiped him. He was highly organized and provided all the props
and costumes for the students. The parents raved about the performance
and were pleased it reinforced "Character Education".
Joe is a remarkable person who enjoys bringing the gifts of music
and drama to children."
- Charlotte Swift, Principal
"Not only did the students benefit from Joe's wealth of experience,
he also inspired teachers to use a variety of drama techniques with
their classes. Thanks for a great production."
- Rosemary Johnson
"Joe Crone has an extraordinary talent and a great gift for
engaging children in a deep, delightful and meaningful way."
- Dan Popov, Ph.D., Co-Founder, The Virtues
"Joe Crone is a natural teacher who understands that the joy
of teaching easily translates into a joy of learning."
- David Honsberger, Principal
"I have never seen such a creative performance that was put
together so quickly and professionally. The children enjoyed being
involved and had a lot of fun participating. Parents' feedback was
so positive! The process seemed so simple yet the outcome was amazing!
Joe did a wonderful job!"
- Ronda Quinsey, Teacher, Maple Leaf Public
music is about how people can be good to one another and I really
like that." - Spence, age 6
tremendous, fun, exciting and relaxed atmosphere. A dazzling performance"
- Mike, age 14
this experience with Joe was awesome. I totally would like to have
it again, because Joe can connect with kids, he knows what to do
and what's best!" - Sammy, age 11
was a crazy and fun activity. Joe's ability to work with kids makes
every session very relaxing, yet educational. Everyone had a positive
attitude towards him, and the process of creating this dramatic
activity was exciting and easy." - Lauren,
program was fantastic! Not only was it fun and interactive, it was
also educational. Joe Crone is cool!" -
James, age 10
it fun to learn! - Logan, age 7
was entertaining to perform the songs, while enjoying ourselves
at the same time. We learned lessons that will help throughout life."
- Lindsay, age 10
I found out
a new and exciting way to remember the provinces and capitals and
many more things that you need to know for school in a fun way by
listening to your CD "Geometry Park". -
Tinara, age 9
It was fun
working with you on our assembly because we were able to do the
actions we wanted to do but you helped us to make them better! -
Kevin, age 9
I liked "Geometry
Park" because the songs help you learn things. -
Phoebe, age 8
song is "Why Not Try Peace for a While?" I like the words
and music to all the songs. - Daniel, age
and his music get me excited about learning more!" -
Aubrie, age 7
Review of Geometry Park
(Ontario College of Teachers) Sept 2003 issue
Geometry Park - CD
Learning Songs by Joe Crone.
Reviewed by Andrea Murik (Re-printed by permission)
Do your students
need motivation to learn grammar, Canadian geography and fractions?
With Geometry Park you can address Ontario curriculum expectations
while entertaining your students with a rhythmic collection of upbeat
the title might lead you to expect only math concepts, Geometry
Park integrates science, geography and language curriculum from
grades four to eight. From "The Provinces Rap," to "Slip
to the Side" (on the rules of rounding), students will be singing
the praises of this fun-filled CD.
Park is catchy, contemporary, fun to listen to and has easy-to-learn
lyrics. Songwriter and teacher, Joe Crone, who has taught music
and drama from Kindergarten to Grade eight, believes children learn
best through music. He has created simple rhymes and repetitive
melodies that stick in the mind - helping students remember various
concepts, facts and rules whether grammar, fractions or rounding-off.
As a former
grade-five teacher, I especially enjoyed the songs about digestion
and circulation, "Digestion Blues" and "The Beat
The CD also
comes with Karaoke versions of each song, so students can perform
themselves. Lyric sheets with chord charts, available from the Illumisware
web site, could easily be integrated into music programs or school
concerts. This CD is a must-have for grades four to eight, especially
for those of us who are not necessarily musically inclined.
by Andrea Murik, Special Education Resource Teacher, Simcoe County
District School Board.
Review of We Can Move the World
Reviewed for "Professionally speaking", magazine of the
Ontario College of teachers.
Joe Crone's latest CD contribution, We Can Move the World, is a lovely
blend of songs on peace, empowerment and community building. Although
their themes are serious, the songs don't weigh you down. Instead,
they are enjoyable listening. The lyrics are strong and provide concrete
images for students. The songs foster a caring and commitment to each
other. They promote a sense of connectedness and they can inspire
students to action.
Through his songs, Crone takes listeners on a journey of self-discovery.
"Why Not Try Peace For A While?" passionately and peacefully
asks listeners to consider how their world could be shaped a little
differently. There is a logic that makes sense to young listeners.
The singable, "Hey, Hey, What Do You See?", piques interest
in our world, our wider community. It encourages positive thinking,
problem solving and imagination. The thought provoking, "I Wish,
My Friend" and "I Pledge Allegiance" are unconventional.
They are gentle, yet they evoke powerful and enduring ideals.
Singer/ Songwriter Joe Crone is a singer/songwriter and a former elementary
school teacher. His love and respect for children is apparent in his
music. In the liner notes, he provides the lyrics, guitar chords and
ideas for adapting the songs in the classroom. Karaoke versions are
also included. The collection is a promotion of peace, understanding
and respect for oneself, one another and our one world. We Can Move
the World offers a different vision of the world. Problems are identified
and more importantly, Crone makes the possibilities attainable. Kids
will hear the message and they will do so much more.