Artsbridge, songwriter aim to strike a chord with kids
PARKERSBURG — Zak Morgan, songwriter/musician and Grammy Award nominee, will present a virtual tour for the Artsbridge Artists-on-Tour program during the month of December.
The program is for fourth through sixth graders at elementary schools in Wood, Pleasants, Jackson and Ritchie counties in West Virginia and Belpre City Schools and Warren Local Schools in Washington County in Ohio.
“Zak’s Science of Sound” generates excitement about science and encourages students to think about how people use science in their daily lives. Morgan sings original songs that are interactive and full of his trademark wit and wordplay. He points out all of the ways he uses science in his show, and students will learn about sound waves, electricity, and magnetism. Students will watch Morgan change the pitch of a sound wave by simply bending his musical (toothless) saw, and other ways that he uses technology to bring his ideas to life. As in all of Morgan’s shows, students will be encouraged to be kind, curious, and confident in this fun and memorable introduction to the science of sound.
Morgan has performed more than 2,500 concerts for children across the country. After earning a B.A. in English from Kenyon College, Morgan worked as Director of Rights Acquisitions for Recorded Books Inc. and was immersed in children’s literature. His first CD, “Bloom” was met with awards and “Best of” listings. In 2003 Morgan released the Grammy nominated CD “When Bullfrogs Croak.” In 2007 he released the DVD, “ZakLand” with Hollywood director Jay Silverman and 2011 brought “The Candy Machine,” an album about the golden rule.
In February 2012, Morgan signed with myKaZoo Music/Universal Music Enterprises and released “The Barber of the Beasts.” In 2014 he released a collection of traditional pre-1900 Christmas songs. He lives in Cincinnati, where he grew up and continues to write, record, and perform concerts and creative writing residencies for children and families across the country.
Study guides are provided for teachers through Artsbridge prior to the virtual show.
Funding for Artsbridge arts education programs is provided in part by The West Virginia Commission on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, The Ross Foundation, The Bernard McDonough Foundation, Highmark, Peoples Bank and by contributors to the Artsbridge Fund.