Kids Can Be A Cartoon Pirate Contest! Enter NOW!

April 6 2014

Ahoy! Debbie and Friends are about to make another cartoon music video and you can enter your child to star in it—as a cartoon pirate! It’s easy:

Parents and Guardians: To enter, please send an email to beacartoon@debbieandfriends.net. In the subject line write: Cartoon

Include your name, address, and phone number. Please also include your child’s name and age.

Emails must be received by April 21, 11:59 p.m. You need only email us once.

We have room for three pirates on the ship. The captain will draw three names out of his hat and the selected winners will be notified via email on April 22.

Parents/Guardians of the three entries selected will need to sign a consent form and provide a photograph so that our ship’s animator can turn the photo into a cartoon pirate!

Just for entering, you will receive an email with a special message from Debbie and a free download of the new cartoon’s theme song, “So, So Happy.”

We were on the Radio! Listen to the Podcast.

March 20 2014

WE’RE ON THE RADIO! Tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show on Saturday, March 22, from 9-10am for an hour of commercial-free family programming on 103.3FM WXOJ, Northampton, MA. Mike and I are the hosts and we’ve selected the music. Encore will broadcast on Sunday, March 23 from 7-8am. Listen live via streaming audio at www.ValleyFreeRadio.org, or anytime to our podcast at www.HilltownFamilies.org immediately following Sunday’s broadcast!

Mibblio presents Debbie and Friends

July 16 2013

Exclusive benefit for Debbie and Friends fans! Mibblio is a fun, interactive iPad app that gets kids playing along with music. Our “Little Red Riding Hood” song is now on the Mibbio app. Here is a download code for a free in app play-along song purchase:
Code: a440667160

The code is good for the first 100 downloads! Go get ‘em! Let me know what you think!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mibblio/id576189100?mt=8

Mibblio: A Musical Book App for Kids from Mibblio on Vimeo.

SOLD OUT Benefit Concert!

January 8 2013

Great Time!
The Debbie and Friends Band

A great big thank you to all of the families who came out to support our SOLD OUT benefit concert for the Sandy Hook School Fund. The Coolidge Corner Theatre holds 440 seats and they were filled with kids and families all there to make music with Debbie and Friends, Bill Harley, and Vanessa Trien. 100% of the $3280 ticket sales and $200 merchandise sales will be donated to the United Way’s Sandy Hook School Fund.

Here’s a link to more pictures from the show.

Bill Harley
Bill Harley

Fun!
So much fun!

Vanessa Trien and Mike Carrera
Vanessa Trien and Mike Carrera

Let's make a train for the "I Think I Can Song"
The Train!

The Wolf stole the show, again!
The Big Bad Wolf!

Berklee’s Early Childhood Symposium

May 11 2012
ECS

What an honor it was for Debbie and Friends to participate in Berklee’s Early Childhood Symposium on April 9, 2012. The symposium was sponsored by Berklee’s Music Education Dept, under the leadership of Dr. Cecil Adderley, and included presentations and performances by Paul Reisler, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, and Debbie and Friends. It was a very special day with Berklee students, faculty, staff, and lots of families from the greater Boston area all focused on making music together.

Here’s a picture of Berklee’s Music Ed Majors on stage with Debbie and Friends having a great time with the kids and families in attendance. This was particularly special to me being an alumna of that program.

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Debbie and Friends with Berklee’s Music Ed Majors

Berklee constantly strives to be a great place to learn, teach, and work. Events like the Early Childhood Symposium are just one more example of this.

Walk Away

August 20 2011

I’m so happy to present our new cartoon music video designed to help kids who are dealing with bullies.

Meet Lucy Lou, her dog named Boo and their friends!

Taking on Bullying - a sneak preview

July 15 2011

That’s right! Debbie and Friends is taking on bullying with a new dance number called “Walk Away,” and we’re excited to share a sneak preview with you!

The cartoon music video is in production right now. The following is our rough sketch storyboard version.

As you know from previous cartoon music videos, the storyboard contains the song and the general visual direction of the cartoon. After the storyboard is approved, the animators start the hard work of coloring and animating. It takes 30 drawings for every second of animation, so there is a lot of work ahead!

The band and I hope you enjoy the new song. “Walking away” is one of the strategies taught for dealing with bullies. I hope it proves helpful for some of our young friends who may experience bullying.

The final version of the cartoon music video will be ready in September!

-Debbie

DVD Concert Memories

April 14 2011
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What a fun crowd filled with friends at the Regent Theatre!

Thank you to everyone who came to our show at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA on Saturday, March 26, to celebrate the release of our new DVD, STORY SONGS & SING ALONGS and to sing along with our special guests and good friends, Bob McGrath from Sesame Street and Darcel Wilson.

Here are some pictures from our fun time together! (Thanks to Beth Oram Photography for “capturing happy”!)

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Debbie and Bob McGrath singing “Sing a Song” with everyone.
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Darcel Wilson, Mike Carrera and Debbie Cavalier
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Our fans and friends!
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Our own Eric Saulnier on guitar!
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Our dancing band!
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Having fun!
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Bob McGrath!
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Story Songs & Sing Alongs DVD.

Our new DVD is available on our Web site .
http://debbieandfriends.net/music.php

Thanks again, everyone! I hope to see you at another D&F concert soon!

-Debbie

Learning to Play Piano - FREE book

December 27 2010

Happy Holidays!

I’m pleased to share a piano method booklet for children that I developed with my Grandfather, Marty Gold. Marty is a wonderful musician who has enjoyed an amazing career in music. In fact, he’s the reason I became a musician. Recently, he told me about a piano “tent” he created to help kids learn the names of notes on a music staff. The story goes that Nabisco was going to put one in every cereal box back in the 1950s, and then pulled the project for fear there were not enough pianos in US homes. We decided to do the project together and make it available to friends of “Debbie and Friends.”

The following widget has a download link for a free copy of the Learning to Play Piano book and piano tent PDF files. A printed version of the book will be available soon. In the meantime, please let me know how the tent and method book are for your children!

Special thanks to Robert Heath of Barkley Studios for designing the keyboard tent, Greg David of Planet Sunday for the cover art image, and Shawn Girsberger for the book layout and design. What a dream team!!!

-Debbie

Trick or Treat - Free Song Download

October 24 2010

How about some music with all that candy? Give your trick or treaters a free song download coupon this year (attach it to their candy), compliments of Debbie and Friends!

Get your free, printable song download cards from Debbie and Friends here.

    Story Songs and Sing Alongs CD

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