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Monty Harper renders current scientific research musically meaningful on his next CD for kids age 8-12. Please help him connect kids with science!
Monty Harper renders current scientific research musically meaningful on his next CD for kids age 8-12. Please help him connect kids with science!
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The Songs From the Science Frontier CD is coming in November 2010! You can order your copy now at: http://www.montyharper.com

"Songs From the Science Frontier" is about connecting kids (ages 8-12) with science. The twelve songs I'm recording for this CD are unique because most of them focus on current scientific research happening right here in Stillwater Oklahoma. Specific topics include phototaxic bacteria, stress hormones, wheat genomics, bacterial biofilms, bat taxonomy, x-ray crystallography, and luminescence dating! The deeper messages are that science is an ongoing process done by real people. Science is relevant, important, accessible, and cool!

Find Out More

For a song list and lyrics, click here:
http://montysongs.freeforums.org/songs-from-the-science-frontier-f28.html

To watch the News on 6 story about this CD, click here:
http://www.newson6.com/Global/category.asp...

To watch the Stilly Studio video interview, click here:
http://www.stwnewspress.com/stillystudio/x369041220/Stillwater-musician-aims-to-inspire-children

For a video about the microbiologist who inspired the song "Super Scientist," click here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

For a video of one of the songs, "Ain't It Beautiful," click here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

For links to related articles and interviews visit my press page here:
http://www.montyharper.com/Press.html

To learn more about "Born to Do Science," the program that spawned the songs, click here:
http://www.borntodoscience.com/

History and Future Plans

Two years ago I started "Born to Do Science," a monthly live event at the local public library. In each program I help scientists present their work to kids in 3rd-5th grade. Most of the songs I'm recording were originally written as part of this program.

I've received so much support and encouragement in response to "Born to Do Science" that I really think I'm onto something important. There are many ways I hope to expand this idea to reach more kids more effectively.

This CD is just the first step. Having the songs in hand will help me communicate my ideas and leverage funding to connect more kids with science!

About the Music

The CD will be produced by Chris Wiser of The Sugar Free Allstars, a local band who've made a pretty big name for themselves in the national Kindie music scene.

The sound will be influenced by the likes of The Beatles, The Kinks, and They Might Be Giants. Chris describes his own sound as "a unique blend of New Orleans funk, Memphis soul and Hammond organ-drenched gospel all wrapped up in a rock and roll package."

I'm confident that Chris will help me create a stellar CD that parents and kids will want to hear over and over again! Of course it does take a lot of money to make a great sounding recording, so I hope you'll back this project!

If you have any questions please post to the comments and I'll answer right away!

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    >>> Be a Backer >>> Every $15 pledged to this category will buy a CD for a school or other institution where lots of kids will get to hear it. Every backer will gain access to exclusive material in the updates, including two free science song MP3s from my previous CDs, which you can download right away.

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    >>> Science Frontiers >>> Receive a signed physical copy of "Songs From the Science Frontier" as soon as it arrives from the duplicators! Plus gain access to the backers-only updates, including two free MP3s you can download right away.

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    >>> Digital Frontiers >>> Be one of the first to hear the finished product! Download a digital copy of the CD as soon as the master is ready. You'll also receive a signed physical copy, gain access to the backers-only updates, including two free MP3s you can download right away, AND one CD will go to a school or other institution where lots of kids will get to hear it.

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    >>> Multiple Frontiers >>> Need more than one copy? Receive two signed physical copies of "Songs From the Science Frontier" as soon as they arrive from the duplicators! Need more than two? Add $15 per additional copy. Plus gain access to the backers-only updates, including two free MP3s you can download right away.

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    >>> Philanthropy >>> Not interested in a CD for yourself, but still want to support the project? Three CDs will go to schools or other institutions where lots of kids will get to hear them. You can specify the recipients if you like, and we'll include a card with each CD letting them know that you were the donor. Want to send more CDs? We'll send one additional CD out for each additional $15 you pledge. You also gain access to the backers-only updates, including two free MP3s you can download right away.

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    >>> Blast From the Past >>> Download a digital copy of "Songs From the Science Frontier" as soon as the master is ready, receive a signed physical copy, plus signed copies of two of Monty's previous award-winning children's CDs, "Take Me to Your Library," and "The Great Green Squishy Mean Concert CD," gain access to the backers-only updates, including two free MP3s you can download right away, AND one CD will go to a school or other institution where lots of kids will get to hear it.

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    >>> Back-Stage Pass! >>> Receive the early digital download, a signed physical copy of "Songs From the Science Frontier," access to all the backers-only updates, AND gain access to a behind-the-scenes website where you can follow our recording progress in detail and even post your own comments and suggestions, AND one CD will go to a school or other institution where lots of kids will get to hear it.

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    >>> The Full Monty >>> Your name will be listed on the CD packaging as one of the top backers, you will receive the early digital download, a signed physical copy of "Songs From the Science Frontier," signed copies of "Take Me to Your Library," and "The Great Green Squishy Mean Concert CD," access to all the backers-only updates, access to a behind-the-scenes website where you can follow our recording progress in detail and even post your own comments and suggestions, AND one CD will go to a school or other institution where lots of kids will get to hear it.

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    >>> Tele-Presence >> You get everything from the $160 category, plus a 30 minute session with me on Skype, UStream, or another video streaming service. This can be a virtual visit to your classroom, a songwriting workshop or critique, or a private concert.

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    >>> Live Show >>> You get everything from the $160 category plus I will perform a live in-person "Songs From the Science Frontier" concert for your group. This pledge covers 300 miles travel from Stillwater, OK. Further travel is possible if you are willing to cover the expense.

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    >>> Custom Song >>> You get everything from the $160 category, plus I will write and record a song based on your scientific research or (if you aren't a scientist) your favorite science topic and include it on the "Songs From the Science Frontier" CD, dedicated to you.

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