Science and Nature Music Clips
Over the years,
by helping distribute their music, Acorn Naturalists has supported recording
artists who specialize in the creation of music that teaches children
and adults about science, nature and the environment. Music can
be a very enjoyable way to involve students in learning - each musician
has their own style - by listening you can determine which selections
are most appropriate for your audience or interests. Once you
have decided, simply click on the highlighted name of the band or musician
and you will be taken directly to the area on the Acorn Naturalists'
website that features their music.
Note: When clicking on the music sample you may see a "File Download" screen, in which case simply click "open" and the music will load and play. If a prompt appears that you need RealPlayer to hear the music clip, you can download a free basic version of this audio software directly by
All of these music files have been tested and all are files that the
artists have made available - none are "pirate editions."
If you have any problems getting these clips to play, check to make
sure you have the appropriate audio software on your computer and that
your speakers are functioning properly. In order to give you a
high quality audio experience, some of these files are fairly large
(0.3 - 0.5mb). For broadband users, downloading should only take
a few seconds. For dial-up customers, download time may vary depending
on your connection. We hope you enjoy this lively and inspired
collection of songs and that it helps you in your selection.
A. BANANA SLUG
STRING BAND. A fun-loving group
of zany, lovable musicians, teachers and outdoor educators who are gifted
at blending humor and science. This San Francisco area group has
been creating music for children and adults alike for over a decade
now. Their mission statement expresses their commitment to education:
"The Banana Slug String Band is committed to educational entertainment
for children and families through interactive music and performance.
We are dedicated to fostering positive attitudes about the environment,
providing accurate information about natural history and science, promoting
music appreciation, building self esteem in children, honoring creativity,
supporting the arts in education and sparking in people a joyful sense
of wonder. Through the production of tapes, CD's, videos, songbooks,
picture books, curriculum, activity guides, teacher workshops and concerts,
we hope to make these values accessible to an increasingly wider audience.
We endorse and support collaboration with other individuals and organizations
that promote the well being of children, family and the environment.
We believe that music is a powerful instrument for honoring diversity
while uniting people for the common good."
1. Selections from Dirt Made My Lunch:
a. Dirt Made My Lunch
b. Sun, Soil, Water & Air
c. Roots, Stems, Leaves
Selections from Slugs at Sea:
a. Ocean Communities
b. Water Cycle Boogie
from Penguin Parade:
4. Selections from Adventures on the Air Cycle:
a. Air Cycle
b. No Bones Within
5. Selections from Goin' Wild:
a. I'm Proud to be a Beaver
b. Ruminant Chew
6. Selections from Singing in Our Garden:
a. Give Plants a Chance
b. FBI (Fungus, Bacteria and Invertebrates)
B. BILLY "B" BRENNAN. Billy B's upbeat, lively and passionate style has entertained and educated thousands of children across the country. His creative music blends zasny humor with solid science for a captivating and unforgettable experience. As a veteran performer who has performed in more than forty states, Billy B's original repertoire of incredible, energetic music and dance make his performances as naturally wonderful as the world around us. From antsy four-year-olds to ultra-cool junior high school kids, Billy B has the energy, experience, and charisma to keep everyone's attention riveted. His simple, catchy lyrics and dynamic movements create clear images that children can remember and repeat on their own. Words to songs are included in each volume. You can also hear entertaining music clips from his CD's by clicking here. Lively, educational fun for children ages 7-13 (and adults!).
C. FOSTER BROWN. Foster founded Nature Theatre in 1993. Since then, he has earned an enthusiastic following of youngsters and families who enjoy his live performances at Cleveland Metroparks locations or at area libraries, schools and festivals. His scope reaches throughout the nation, appearing at folk festivals, nature centers, national parks and other events throughout the United States. For samples of his music, click here
D. TALL OAKS PRODUCTIONS (STAN SLAUGHTER). Stan Slaughter breathes life into a wide range of environmental issues through his lively and creative talents. He has appeared at over 1000 schools and performed to more than 400,000 children. An amazing singer, songwriter and storyteller who appeals to a wide range of audiences.
1. Selection from Rot and Roll:
a. Garbage Blues
2. Selections from In Tune with All Species:
3. Selections from Unintended Consequences:
a. Household Hazardous Waste
Let the Goo Get You
E. LUCAS MILLER, THE SINGING ZOOLOGIST. Lucas Miller combines science awareness with a
message of hope and restoration along with outrageous humor.
Lucas is also an accomplished author, storyteller, songwriter as well
as being an award-winning recording artist with a degree in zoology. Lucas
Miller is a two-time Parents' Choice award winner - his ability
to teach while entertaining is remarkable. His CD's present a creative
blend of entertainment, education and inspiration.
1. Selections from There's a Chicken on My Head:
a. The Cow on the Bus
b. Goin' Down to Mexico (The Monarch Butterfly Song)
c. Animals Rock!
d. I Won't
e. I Don't Wanna Be Part of the Food Chain
i. Laugh Ourselves Silly (The"Nanny
Nanny Boo-boo Song")
2. Selections from Anaconda LaBomba:
a. The Anaconda La Bomba
b. Livin' In A Wetland
c. A Tail Is A Wonderful Thing
d. Wah Wah-waw Wildife
e. The Shrinkin' Habitat Blues (The Toad Song)
f. Arribada! (The Sea Turtle Song)
g. Send them Back Home to Brazil (The Fire Ant Song)
h. We Can Bring them Back
F. STEVE SCHUCH (NIGHT HERON MUSIC): Steve's CD, Trees of Life, Songs of Friendship and the Earth, presents
a beautiful collection of songs for elementary age children. Steve is
also the author of the award-winning book, A Symphony of Whales. Steve sings about trees, forests, whales, gardens, and more. For four years he has taught a graduate course on integrating music and storytelling into classroom curriculum. A former Audubon naturalist, Steve lives on a farm with his wife and various creatures. Honors include composer awards, Artist Fellowship Awards, and five fiddling championships. His book, A Symphony of Whales, has received five national book awards. His CD, Trees of Life, has received the Parent's Choice Gold Award. An
all star cast of guest musicians adds additional depth and variety.
The CD includes a booklet explaining each song, along with suggested
uses for the field and classroom. A truly inspired CD by an accomplished
artist and musician.
1. Selections from Trees of Life, Songs of Friendship and the Earth:
a. Trees of Life
b. The Forest is a Wonderful Place
d. The Garden Round
G. KEN LONNQUIST. This lively, enjoyable songwriter harkens from Madison, Wisconsin. Performing for all ages in a wide variety of musical styles, Ken's Kid songs are unique, insightful, rib-tickling and just plain fun for young and old alike. For samples of his music and other information on this creative artist, click here.
H. EARTH MAMA. Earth Mama combines humor, environmental science, and motivation to entertain while inspiring people to live more gently on the planet. A fine collection of songs that can change the world by a woman determined to do what she can to help others understand just how precious the planet is. Ages 6-13. To listen the title song from Under the Rainbow, click here.
I. JON SHERMAN. Jon Sherman has been singing about the beautiful, yet endangered wilderness areas around southern California for over 16 years. As a singer/songwriter/poet and naturalist, Jon uses music to celebrate the diverse bioregions that are still found in this densely populated part of the world. His CD Butterfly Blue, named after the endangered Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly, features 18 songs and poems that take the listener on a “healing journey of integration with the natural world.” Jon powers his concerts with his solar powered amplifiers.
1. Selections from Butterfly Blue:
a. Under the Oak
b. Escondido Falls
d. A Renaissance at Hand
e. Butterfly Blue