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Music House Director Pens Pete Seeger Biography for Young Readers

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Feb 10, 2016

Meryl Danziger, creator and director of Music House (New York, NY), has written Come On, Sing It! A Biography of Pete Seeger. This first bio of Pete for young readers (ages 8 and above) will be released through Seven Stories Press this summer.

The book began as a play Danziger wrote for her third graders in 2009, in honor of Pete’s ninetieth birthday. According to Danziger, “Pete Seeger came down from Beacon to a place he’d never been, to spend the morning with people he’d never met, in order to see a bunch of third graders put on a play. Miraculous, but so in character. That insatiable curiosity and urge to be wherever something interesting was happening, along with his commitment to children—it all made sense. When the play was over, Pete picked up his banjo, made his way down the aisle, surveyed the assembled parents, teachers, and children and said, ‘This has been an extraordinary day for me.’ Extraordinary indeed—for all of us.”

With Pete taking on the role of editor, Danziger turned the play into a book. For three years they collaborated by phone, visits, and snail-mailing the manuscript back and forth. After Pete’s passing in 2014, Danziger rewrote and expanded the book to its present form

You can pre-order Come On, Sing It!: A Biography of Pete Seeger through Amazon.

About Music House

Music House is a highly individualized, holistic alternative to traditional private music lessons. The approach is based on belief that there are different types of individual musical potential, that there are many different ways for that potential to manifest, and that when a learner has the opportunity to explore a variety of instruments and activities in a nurturing environment, his/her musical inclinations will be revealed. In this approach, the emphasis is on process rather than outcomes. Concepts and skills are always contextualized within an organic whole, and tied to music's power to express a human need.

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