SANDY CREEK – Tom Knight, a singer, songwriter, puppeteer and more was a recent guest visitor at Sandy Creek Elementary where he performed for several classes at the school.
His songs, in a variety of musical styles, appeal to the students while carrying an important message within.
His dragon song tells the story about being a friend to a dragon that villagers thought was mean, but one small child recognized that he was just lonely.
Other favorites included the elephant song and alligators jump and his peppy Rock-a-billy Goats Rock song were all well received by the students and staff alike as they performed the movements along with the songs.
One skit was an exercise in listening for tone and innuendo as he performed a totally non-verbal skit where flowers spoke to each other in indistinguishable “flower language,” but students were able to understand what was going on in the story by listening to the tone of the strange language.
Mixing styles of music with art, science, history, character education and more, Knight not only entertained the students, his message served to enlighten them as well. Leading up to a Sandy Creek Elementary School favorite, the “Garbage Monster” song where Knight talked about the importance of recycling, were other songs that allowed students to get their “wiggles out.”
Knight currently lives in Northampton, Mass., and has been making music and performing puppet shows since 1987.
Knight’s show was coordinated through the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation’s Arts-in-Education program.