Christian Brown, Primary School Principal, December 2012:
The students at our school really enjoyed Earl’s music performance. Earl instantly won them over with his playful personality and fun interactive songs. He dealt cleverly and calmly with student responses that were not appropriate and managed students in such a way that prevented them from becoming over-stimulated or excited. The kids loved his unique and quirky humour and they thoroughly enjoyed being able to sing, dance and move around to the music. Earl’s show caters for cross-curricula perspectives, incorporating elements, of Music, Literacy, Mathematics and Creative Thinking. Earl was able to work with our curriculum foci and is very easy to get along with. Suitable for all ages across the Prep – 6 spectrum, I would happily recommend Earl’s show to any school looking for this type of specialist incursion.
David Ruddick, Father of Emmett, July 2012:
I never thought I would hear a song about owls and say ‘that totally rocked.’ If you like Leadbelly or Lennon, Earl Leonard is your kind of children’s singer.
Jane Gardner, Early Years Educator, June 2012:
Earl Leonard is a musical master, especially when it comes to entertaining kids. His songs are quirky and catchy and children love them. And just like kids, Earl knows how to have fun! He knows that kids love to sing, dance, jump and laugh. His unique and original music entices them to do all that, and more. Earl will dance and bop along to his own songs. He’ll even slide down the slide, still playing his guitar! Earl has the ability to adapt to his surroundings, following what kids are doing, or dressing in character to suit the theme of the day. He’s a modern day Pied Piper, with children following him, wherever he goes. So if you’re looking for a fun, entertaining and child-friendly musician, Earl’s IT!
Erin, mother of Polly:
I started bringing my daughter to Earl Leonard’s kids music gig at Cafe Muzyka when she was 6 months old. She is now nearly 2 and loves her Friday morning music sessions. Earl is not only a talented singer and songwriter with an extensive repertoire of children’s music, but has a natural rapport with little people and tailors his shows to the ages and interests of those there on the day. I’m always amazed at how he manages to play guitar, sing and perform actions all at once. His shows are not only professionally delivered but a whole lot of fun for the kids and their carers alike.
Dr. Fallon Cook, mother of Julian (16 months), child behaviour researcher:
My son (Julian) and I have such a great time when we go to see Earl Leonard play! We’ve been regulars at Earl’s gigs since Julian was only 4 months old and we rarely miss a gig. Earl’s music is fun and creative without being repetitive or annoying like other children’s music often is. I think most parents seem to enjoy it just as much as their kids. Julian has learnt to do some of the actions to the songs and I think that dancing and playing to Earl’s music has really helped bring him out of his shell and he’s become a lot more confident. It’s just great fun all round and I am always recommending Earl’s music to other parents.
Heidi Zukauskas, Begonia Festival Event Officer, City of Ballarat:
Earl Leonard has entertained children at the Ballarat Begonia Festival for the past three years. Earl’s performance themes have ranged from the Mad Hatter Tea Party, Lady Bug’s Picnic and Octopus’ Garden. Earl’s appeal is his theatrical outfits and musical interaction with the children. Earl is creative, punctual, adaptive and reliable.
Shiree Pilkinton, Pilkinton Productions:
Plenty of performers can churn out good ol’ favourite songs for kids, but only Earl can leap around, then lie on his back with his legs (tentacles?) in the air, still playing guitar and belting out originals! His Mad Hatter Tea Party, Lady Bug’s Picnic and Octopus’s Garden, have been unique, witty, energetic and perfect for family events.
Donna, mother of Astrid (aged 4):
We were away for much of the school holidays but were delighted to have been able to take our daughter along to Stories, Songs & Rhymes with Earl Leonard on Friday at the Wendouree branch of the library. All of the children were thoroughly engaged with Earl’s style, bobbing along and singing. His banter with the children and adults alike was fantastic. It was a really enjoyable performance and the library is to be congratulated on including it in the holiday program.