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His ability to connect with children via his artistic prowess is to be applauded. On a number of occasions, John has provided our school community with a consistent delivery of quality enrichment aligned with our school goals and expectations. --- Anthony M. DiNardo, Principal William T. Barron School Salem, NH
Audiences across North America are literally tipping their hats to the inspiring and uplifting performances of Johnny the K!
John Kelleher, an award-winning performer and musician, along with a 12-string guitar and his unique collection of costumed hats, masks and disguises, entertains and informs his audience through his spirited and interactive style of music. This former school teacher cleverly and humorously educates and inspires character education though song, dialogue, movement, audience participation, and lots of excitement. Also, using an animated colorful powerpoint presentation of some of John’s messages and lyrics to his songs are displayed as a backdrop throughout the performance to reinforce his teachings. Johnny the K has performed to rave reviews across the United States and Canada
John's character building programs are designed to promote the principles of responsibility, respect, and cooperation. In every show the message is clear: each one of us can make a difference in school and at home. From dancing the Macarena, doing a hand jive from the movie Grease, or singing a recycled version of “YMCA” the audience is involved throughout the presentation as John’s messages motivate and excite children to respect themselves, their world, and each other Besides John's highly acclaimed theater, community and family concerts, John performs over 200 school shows a year.
Character Counts… building character through music and movement
Be a Buddy, not a Bystander… developing empathy and identification with targets of bullying; and increasing awareness of the role of the bystander
Citizens of the World… multicultural... celebrating differences and similarities
Turn the World Around… protecting and preserving our environment
You Can Say No… making good choices, teaching drug abuse resistance education
A Family Night to Remember… An engaging, uplifting and fun show for kids, parents, and grandparents alike
John Kelleher, a graduate of Boston State College with a B.S. in Elementary Education, was a fourth grade teacher in Everett, Massachusetts for over ten years. During these years, John also performed musical comedy throughout the Boston area. Coming from a musically talented family, John has an innate appreciation and respect for the connection between music and its effect on children’s development.
Since leaving the teaching profession in 1989, John has become a recognized name in the Children’s music industry. Performing over 200 shows annually, John has attained national and international prominence with highly acclaimed performances across the United States and Canada, including back-by-popular demand performances at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa, FL; Andy Griffith Playhouse, Mount Airy, NC; Bethlehem Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA; Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia, PA; and countless theaters, festivals, and community performances across North America. After performing at the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival in St. Albert, Canada, John was voted “the favorite of the festival."
John's dynamic and inspiring programs for young audiences (as well as Moms, Dads, and Grandparents) balance timely messages of character education, bullying, environmental conservation, cultural diversity, self-esteem, and drug abuse awareness with music, dialogue, visual props, and lots of audience participation. John's first recording, Party in the Park, was a winner of the prestigious Parents' Choice Gold Award. In regard to this recording, Parent's Choice Magazine says: "For giggles and fun, it would be hard to beat this snappy, teasing grab bag of children's music favorites. John's vocals light up this top quality musical treat."