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Education through song

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Students at the Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center enjoyed a special appearance by Randy Beard, Tuesday. A former teacher turned writer and musician, Beard now travels around the world visiting students and reinforcing learning. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
* Teacher turned musician visits LEAAP Center

On Tuesday, there was a special sound that could be heard floating down the hallways at the Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center.

Writer and musician Randy Beard, a former teacher, made a special stop to visit with the students and to promote "learning through lyrical literacy."

"It is so important to build a strong foundation with young children," Beard said. "I motivate the reader and writer."

He is known for coming up with original music on the spot so no show is the same. For instance, during the show for the Family Literacy Program, the young children were encouraged with the nursery rhymes. So Beard put the rhymes to music.

"P.E. Bryant once said, young children are most familiar with nursery rhymes were top readers three-years later regardless of intelligences or economic circumstances," he said. "Children with reading difficulties often showed insensitivity to rhyme."

With his guitar and love of music, Beard has touched more than 2 million people of all ages.

"It gets bigger and bigger every year," he said. "But it works, and I used the same methods with my children."

Beard knows the importance of students having a strong foundation to prepare them for learning.

"(Beard) does a fantastic job engaging both child and adult," Coordinator Mary Yelton said. "He makes literacy and learning fun."

Title 1 paid for the cost of Beard's visit, but it was his encouraging the children to succeed that could pay off in the end.

"He obviously has a passion for education and lifelong learning," Yelton said. "He is a great musician and teacher."

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