• Proudly displaying their welcome signs are, from left, North Oakview first-graders Lily Gale, Evan Pond, Natalie Secord, Violet Hoogenstyn and Koda Elenbaas
  • First-graders from North Oakview singing along include, from left, Jackson Savage, Lily Gale and Evan Pond
  • Donning red glasses, Emily Arrow sings about the book “Louise Loves Art”
  • Books for which Emily Arrow has written songs

Music Inspired by Favorite Children’s Books a Big Hit

by Dianne Carroll Burdick  

Students from all three Northview elementary schools got to hear stories in song form thanks to Emily Arrow, a singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee who creates songs from well-loved children's books.

Emily Arrow is a former teacher with a spirited singing style The nationally known artist performed three daytime concerts aimed at fostering a love of reading and music, and filmed the performances for a documentary she is making.

A former elementary music teacher and graduate of Berklee College of Music, Arrow just released her second album, "Storytime Singalong, Vol. 2." The ukulele-playing artist/educator has won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for "The Curious Garden Song," inspired by Peter Brown's book.

She shared many of her story-songs with students from East, North and West Oakview elementary schools at the Northview High School Performing Arts Center, as well as an evening concert for the community.

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Emily Arrow

Northview welcomes Emily Arrow with a colorful sign in the window at the high school Performing Arts Center

First-grader Violet Hoogenstyn and her classmates intently follow along

Emily Arrow sings the “Max the Brave” song and students join in

Teachers from first- and second-grade classes mirror each other with jazz hands while Emily Arrow sings the “Be A Friend” song

Emily Arrow autographs a card for Caleigh Jones, a second-grader at North Oakview

Submitted on: April 18th 2017

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