John Root
Musician • Educator

"Feeling the Beat, Feeling the Spirit"
invites children and accompanying adults to flex their bodies, voices, and imaginations.  John plays drums, panpipes, marimba, flute, clarinet, saxophone, and a delightful assortment of homemade musical instruments made from natural and found materials.

Children also help create and enact new verses to familiar music and movement songs to John's guitar accompaniment.  Handouts with these songs' lyrics and instructions for creating musical instruments are distributed to each family at the conclusion of the program.

“An energetic, innovative program for families … ordinary things make music with John’s magic touch.”

- Alana Meloni, Children’s Librarian,
Cyrenius H. Booth Library, Newtown, CT

“An engaging program … both children and adults were attentive throughout. He inspired creativity, giving them ideas about how to make music with everyday objects”

- Sharon Tanzer, Children’s Librarian,
Whiting Public Library, Chester, VT

"Feeling the Beat, Feeling the Spirit" has been enjoyed by children and families at the following venues in New England:

Danbury Public Library
Farmington: Barney Library
Hartford: Albany, Barbour, Blue Hills, Camp Field, Central, Dwight, Goodwin, Mark Twain, Park, and Ropkins branch libraries
Meriden Public Library
Newtown: Cyrenius H. Booth Library

Attleborough Public Library
Blackstone Public Library
Boxford Town Library
Bridgewater Public Library
Brockton Public Library
Dighton Public Library
Leominster Parks and Recreation
New Salem Public Library
Rowe Town Library
Southampton Public Library
Stockbridge Library
Tyngsborough Public Library
Wareham Public Library
Wrentham Public Library

New Hampshire:
Amherst Town Library

Chester: Whiting Public Library



About John