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 Dec. 31, 2013

 

Nominate Thomas for an honor that fits him to a T

Oct. 16, 2013

We have it on the best of authority that Thomas Moore has been nominated for the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Medallion Award, to be presented Jan. 20 at the MLK Prayer Breakfast by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations.

The award honors individuals for "their involvement in promoting the ideals of racial equality and social justice as espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Such examples include: celebrating the worth of all human beings, pursuing equal rights by non-violent means, active involvement in community service, and/or encouraging people of diverse cultures to live together in a spirit of love and acceptance."

If you agree that Thomas fits that description, take a couple of minutes to add your voice and your stories about Thomas to the nomination process. Click here for an online form  that is simple and straightforward.

To fill in the form, you'll need an address (PO Box 33787, Charlotte, NC 28233) and a telephone number (704-371-4077).

And do it now. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 25.

 

 

Making friends

May 28, 2013

During a recent mission trip to Nkhoma, Malawi with members of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina, I helped five members of our team present teacher workshops at the Ebenezer School.

One Sunday morning, the entire mission team attended a special church service which included a celebration of the ministry of one of this village's most respected church leaders.

During the church service, the little girl shown above crawled over several people to hug and sit with me. I leaned over to ask my fellow early educator, VA Avery if she knew this little girl. VA. smiled and said, "Thomas, you were in this child's classroom, reading and singing last Friday. Seems you made an impression on her."

I turned back to the child, smiled, hugged her. We continued to listen to the 25 choirs that that shared their music during this special, five-hour service. (smile)

VA likes both pictures, especially the second picture in which the child is enjoying the singing while the early educator is providing an encouraging hand and, because of the inability to speak the language, many smiles and hugs.

– Thomas

 

 

 

 

A call to the beach

May 8, 2013

Valerie Cown is a lecturer at The University of Georgia and program coordinator of the university's Birth through Five Program in Child and Family Development.

 

Thomas Moore returned my call asking for permission to use some of his wonderful songs in activities for preschool children while I was on the beach this spring. I've been bragging about that personal call to all of my colleagues at the University of Georgia!

We are developing a curriculum to teach young children the importance of eating healthy foods, drinking water and exercising in our Eat Healthy, Be Active initiative. I just wrote a lesson plan using the song, "I Like Water", and we plan to use other great songs like "Corn on the Cob", "The Family Jog" and the "Vegetables Song" in our activities.

When I taught Head Start at the University of Georgia at the McPhaul Child Development Lab, we loved singing Thomas' songs! Some of our favorites were "I Like Me", "I Am Special", "Make Myself Some Cookies", "Humpty Dumpty Dumpty" and "Rock 'n Roll Patty-Cake". I love Thomas Moore and think his songs are an outstanding way to encourage children's self-esteem! They are easy, fun and they help children experience success!

Thanks for the call, Thomas! I really do love you even more now!!!!!! 

 

 

 

 

An inspiration to those who have been told 'you can't sing'

At the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children's Early Care and Education Conference, April 27, 2013.

Thank you to Dr. Moore for reminding us that all teachers can sing, even those who have been told that they don't have a voice. It's easy for anyone to say that teachers really do not need to know how to sing in order to sing to children, but hearing it from an expert is even more validating!
We enjoyed your presentations at the Ohio AEYC conference - April 2013.

Karen Goulandris

 

 

 

Thomas Moore to receive N.C. award for volunteer service

The Tuned-In Choir gang at an Aprll 2013 rehearsal. Photo from Linda Miller. 

April 15, 2013

Thomas writes: "I have received an award from the Governor!!!

"Last week during our Tuned In Singers' weekly rehearsal I was surprised to learn that I am one of four people in Mecklenburg County (North Carolina) that will receive the Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service.

"On Monday, April 22 at 8 a.m., McCreesh Place host the awards ceremony for me and the three other awardees from Mecklenburg County. Charlotte Mayor Foxx will be the featured speaker.

"I am thankful for the volunteers are the unsung heroes that strengthen our communities.

"Please join us if you are able. For more information on the award and the event, contact McCreesh Place.

FYI, the diverse group of singers above include residents of McCreesh Place, business and nonprofit leaders, government officials, parents and grandparents. Our goal is to strengthen our community."

 

 

 

 

April 15, 2013 

"Ready to start my week and any new endeavors that come my way! So blessed to have heard from my first mentor in the Early Childhood field, Thomas Moore yesterday evening. Dr. Thomas Moore is one of the most inspirational and uplifting individuals to walk this Earth and his presence in my life has meant more to me the last twenty years than words can say."

– Renee

 

 

 

 

Thomas on talking to children about the Newtown tragedy

Dec. 21, 2012

Click picture above to listen on the WBT website to an interview earlier this week in which Thomas discusses how to talk to children about tragedies like the Newtown, Conn. shootings.

 

 

Building community through song at the DNC

Sept. 3, 2012; photo by Katherine Metzo

Thomas led and accompanied the Tuned In Choir on Labor Day at CarolinaFest, the big street festival that opened the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Thomas explains:

"The Tuned In Choir had a delightful time singing on the Legacy Village Stage during the DNC’s CarolinaFest entertainment extravaganza.  The singers were male, female, nonprofit and business leaders, young, old, Democrat, Republican, disabled veterans and formerly homeless men. 

A week before the event, First Baptist Church-West agreed to send their church bus to transport the choir to the venue.  Because of the generosity of the church and the wonderful bus driver, our arrival and departure were smooth and uneventful. 

"The crowd was fantastic.  They loved us.  We loved them. Several people told the singers that it was the best thing that happened all day. 

"When we began singing, there were only a few people.  After our first two songs, the crowd grew until the entire village was filled with people singing and clapping.  Afterwards, several crowd members shared that they heard us and came running.  

"A daughter of one of our singers was in the audience.  After our performance, she asked if I would come and play for her mother’s 92nd birthday later this year.  I agreed.  Her mother is one of three 90-plus-year-old singers in our group. 

"The Tuned In Singers continue to serve as a model for building and strengthening our community through singing.  Come sing with us, each Thursday night from 5:45-6:45 p.m. at McCreesh Place, 2120 N. Davidson St."

 

 

 

July 31, 2012

Thomas Moore explains the Marcus Hamilton cartoon above this way:

"Marcus and I met 35 years ago, while volunteering at Bethlehem Center in Charlotte. I thought he had moved away from this area when (Dennis creator Hank) Ketcham died.

"During a recent lunch meeting, his son from California called.  He said to his son, “Guess who I am having lunch with?  His son and daughter remembered me as Mr. Keys on EZ Street and as a friend of the family.  Marcus and his wife are wonderful people. She joined us for lunch that day.  We talked about our years of volunteering at Bethlehem Center."

A video about Marcus Hamilton is here.

 

 

'A brand new, brighter day'

June 23, 2012

When Thomas Moore came to Charleston---
Who would have known we'd have so much fun?
Singing and dancing on the floor---
Patty-cakin' and so much more!
There was opera, piano playing, and laughter that filled the atmosphere---
Lessons that were touched on: safety, love, and care!
Thomas got us all involved as we learned and connected through play---
Which would make me want to come to school each and every day!
As teachers we came out knowing we have the awesome responsibility---
To open the minds of each girl and boy in our society!
Dr. Thomas Moore, our "angel", came to teach us in his unique and special way...
In the hopes that generations of children will benefit for a brand new, brighter day!

 

This poem gives an overview of my wonderful experience with Dr. Moore at our Literacy Conference held this summer in North Charleston.

– Bernetta S. Morton, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

 

 

Thanks, Thomas, 'for the wonderful memories'

June 11, 2012

"WOW! I ran across this page after Googling Thomas Moore. I remembered him after sharing memories on a Facebook group called "I am a native Charlottean." LOTS of memories go around that group from Charlotte back in the day, with 7,000+ members sharing stories.

"It jarred my memories of hearing Mr. Moore when he visited us at Sterling Elementary School in the early ’70s. This guy was awesome. I STILL love listening to music today and would rather do that then watch TV.

"Thanks, Thomas, for the wonderful memories from my childhood. Awesome to know that you are still out there doing what you love!

– Cathy Jennings, Plano, TX

 

 

Trips to Alaska and Texas

April 14, 2012

Thomas has been on the road.

He was in Juneau, Alaska for a conference and concert for the Association for the Education of Young Chlidren - Southeast Alaska.

Then he was off to Clear Lake, Texas and the Texas Licensed Child Care Conference. There, he was photographed with Stacy Ozuna, at right, who wrote on his Facebook page, "You are amazing… You are truly a blessing to us and children everywhere!!"

And another participant, Dawn Lozano, wrote, "He told us many stories of his experiences with children demonstrating just how his love for children is so deep.... The passion he shared with us through his music and words inspired me in many ways. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to meet & learn from a new hero of mine, Dr. Thomas Moore."

What's next?

"On Monday," Thomas writes, "I will return to my job teaching at Benedict College. I love my work." And we love you, Thomas Moore!

 

 

Courtesy Michelle Soltero

The Three Amigos

Nov. 19, 2011

Thomas joins Michelle Soltero, left, and Susan Ferguson, both of San Diego, for a memento photo during the early November annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, held this year in Orlando.

Thomas writes: "Michelle is a former NAEYC board member and former president of California AEYC. Susan is a former president of San Diego AEYC and served on several local and state boards.

"During Ella Jenkins' workshop, she asked that I join her with my sax. After playing several songs with her, Ella asked if I would play a song of my choice. I played "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in honor of her over six decades of service.

"I did the same during my friend Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld's workshop.  Spent time with friends like Hedda Sharapan from Family Communications, Kathy Charner from Gryphon House, etc."

 

 

Lorayn DeLuca Photography

Remembering 9/11

Oct 10, 2011

Thomas was the baritone soloist on Sept. 11, 2011 for a performance of René Clausen's "Memorial" at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte. The performance was a citywide observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and drew on choir members from more than a dozen area churches, plus a community orchestra. We asked Thomas to reflect on what the service meant to him:

"On September 11th, I had the honor to participate in, and sing the baritone solo for our 9/11 remembrance.  I was very excited that our community came together to reflect on the horrific events of ten years ago.  It was truly a community reflection.

"The music was a very exciting challenge.  I had to get back into training – back into the work it takes to get my voice to the place where it can handle the difficult passages that I had to sing comfortably.

"Participating in this event brought me back to the late 60’s and early 70’s when I directed the Sounds of America.   Our focus was on patriotism and patriotic songs.  It was also a reminder of my time as a student at the Manhattan School of Music.  It was there that I was trained to be an opera singer and to sing with an orchestral accompaniment.  This event pulled two parts of my life back into existence.  It was a thrill when the conductor asked me to be the soloist.

"The most important part of the music for me was the challenge to us that we forgive those who hate us.  This spoke to me more than anything else as I was singing.  The music and lyrics directed us to be peaceful – to call out to God to grant us peace. 

"The music also called us to ask God to help us do the things that are hard for us to do. 

"Throughout my life I have known that we must ask God to deliver us from those feelings that block us from doing what God wants us to do in this world.  The events of 9/11 were horrible and some parts of us want to go harm those who have harmed us.  However, we worship not a God of anger, but a God of peace."

 

 

 

Sept. 21, 2011

 

 

 

So nice to have Thomas helping me with the children

Aug. 25, 2011

"I met Thomas at a seminar in Tampa, Florida in 1998 while I was teaching preschool. I loved his songs and I bought a CD that I always did with my  children! We loved the Humpty Dumpty song.

"Well, it's been 12 years and I am teaching preschool again to 2-year-olds. I no longer had my CD and after much research I found this site!! Yay, now I can order Thomas's CDs once again!

– Sarah Bowers

 

 

 

One last song at Rotary

Aug. 17, 2011  (Photos by Bert Voswinkel)

On Tuesday, Aug. 2, Thomas was recognized and thanked for his service to the downtown Rotary Club.

For the last 12 years, he has faithfully provided music before and during the meetings, coaching and accompanying singers who led songs at every meeting.

At his final meeting he sang, “What A Wonderful World” for Rotarians.  There were only a couple of dry eyes in the room.

The giant card shown below says it all!  He will be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

Descendents of slavery era worship 'as children of God'

Aug. 7, 2011

Sunday's worship at a church in Clover, S.C. brought together the descendants of the slaves and slave owners who were members of the church before the Civil War.

And Thomas Moore, whose mother's kin were among the ancestors honored this past weekend, led the group in song as a marker describing the event was unveiled.

A Charlotte Observer story about the weekend festivities is here.

In a note Sunday night to friends, Pam Jefsen wrote, "The families mentioned in the article are Thomas' ancestors on his mother's side. 

"It was amazing to worship in the church with the decendents of slaves and slave masters coming together as equals – as children of God."

 

 

Thomas named to Benedict College faculty

July 18, 2011

Thomas wrote his Facebook family today:

"On [Thursday,] July 14th, I signed a contract to teach at Benedict College in Columbia, SC where I will serve as Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education in the Department of Elementary and Family and Child Studies.

"I will begin my work on August 4th.

"This is my third teaching position. University of Southern Mississippi and Georgia Southern preceded this job.

"I am excited!!!"

Thomas will continue to live in Charlotte. Early plans were to concentrate his on-campus activity into a couple of days a week.

On April 16, Thomas was in Columbia to give a keynote address and workshop at the Department of Early Childhood Education. He referred to that speech when he announced his appointment at the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum on July 19:

"One of the special things about Benedict College that I was impressed with is they have a program called 'Call Me MIster.' It's a scholarship program to get African-American males into elementary and early-childhood education. I was impressed by the number of men who came to this speech that I gave on the campus. I'm very excited about what's going on (with Call Me Mister) in South Carolina at five schools, four of them historically black colleges. It is being copied in other states."

In recent months, Thomas has been cutting ties with some longstanding obligations in the community, as if preparing for a new adventure. Now we all know what the new adventure is!

In an interview Tuesday morning, Thomas said he was having to do a whole bunch of reading to prepare for the new classes he will teach. More about that anon, but good for you, Thomas: Always modeling appropriate behavior for your students.

Congratulations, Thomas! You did not choose an easy path. You never have!

 

 

 

Thomas may sing, but how about that sax!

July 24, 2011

Watch Monte Selby, Thomas, Stephen Fite and Don Monopoli at Dallas SPLASH, 2010, in an unrehearsed jam rendition of "What a Wonderful World."

This YouTube video was posted July 9, 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-K children dance to Humpty Dumpty Dumpty

May 25, 2011

Thomas credits "my friend Charmaine Godley" for this Blackberry video of the year-end program for Pre-K students at Conley Hills Elementary in East Point, Ga. Thanks, Ms. Godley, and thanks to all the children!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A special day for a special leader

 

March 22, 2011

"Last Saturday, I asked Ruth Byrdsong to help me surprise my friend, Burnece Brunson with a special birthday breakfast. 

"On Thursday, I flew to Nashville and rented a car to drive to Gilbertsville, Ky. to present a keynote and workshop for pre-K and kindergarten teachers of the Calloway County Regional Training Center. 

"Upon my return to Nashville, I called Ruth.  She then called Mrs. Brunson and invited her to breakfast.  Mrs. Brunson agreed. 

"When I arrived at the door with Ruth, Mrs. Brunson was so surprised.  She could not believe that I would come to Nashville to have breakfast with her. 

"After the shock wore off, we all went to Cracker Barrel.  At the end of our meal, I asked Ruth to hold my iPhone and tape what I was about to do. 

"I sang Happy Birthday to 96-year-old Burnece Brunson.  She was so surprised!!! 

"I am so thankful for her seven-plus decades of leadership in the field of early childhood education.  Her daughter, Carol Brunson Day, is the CEO of the National Black Child Development Institute, Inc."

 

 

 

 

 

A favorite teacher with a big impact

 

 

March 13, 2011

"Hi Everyone. My piano teacher Jacqueline Hairston is returning to Charlotte for a concert.

"She was a favorite teacher of mine during my tenure as a music education student at Johnson C. Smith University.

"During my years at JCSU, she often invited me to play sax and other instruments for preschoolers and the elderly. I can remember accompanying her with saxophone for a black tie fundraiser for the Charlotte Oratorio Fashion Show."

The Observer ran a story about Hairston's visit on Thursday, March 31 on the JCSU campus. The concert is free. See that story here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young children love 'I've got a pocket'

Feb. 19, 2011

"Hello, Thomas, hope all is well with you and your family! As always, we continue to enjoy our 'music time with my friend Thomas' here at preschool. Thought I would share a couple of new twists on some of our favorites.

"I first introduced your song 'I've got a pocket' [from the CD "Songs For The Whole Day"] along with the story 'A Pocket for Corduroy' by Don Freeman.

"I had a tray in the middle of our circle with raisins, marbles, rocks and keys for props and to help us in guessing. The next time I asked all the children to go put something in their pocket.

"When they came back, we sang the song again, guessing with you what was in your pocket – but at the end of the song, we all revealed what we had in our pockets. (I had a note in my pocket with the word 'Corduroy" on it like in the story).

"Over time, we've done other variations; sometimes we all 'write' a note, put it in our pockets to share at the end of the story. Other times, don't reveal what is in our pockets, but give hints like you do until our friends can guess. My stuffed bear friend Corduroy even puts things in his little pocket.

"We compare sizes of pockets. One day we all put our coats on for this song so we would have bigger pockets! Last week one of the little girls got new jeans; she came in exclaiming that we just had to do the pocket song today because her new jeans had the "biggest pockets" she had ever seen!

"When it snowed and we read 'The Snowy Day' by Ezra Jack Keats, we imagined what we could put in our pockets that would melt, like the snowball did in the story, and made a list of these things. My class loves this song and never seems to tire of it!

"Another favorite: "At the easel."  The children liked this song so much that we made paint brushes out of construction paper with the color word written on the handle – every color they could think of – and some 'buckets' of paint (icing containers). These are in the music center. They 'paint' along with the easel song, selecting colors they like. Some prefer to use the CD and just sing their color louder than you do. Some prefer to sing without the CD since they have the song memorized. Another favorite!

"Thanks so much for all you do, Thomas, to enlighten, inspire and educate children and those who love being with children."

– Trudy, Kentucky

 

 

 

 

 

'I was never told I was special or loved'

Sept. 7, 2010

"I am a parent at Presbyterian Weekday School in Gastonia, where Thomas visited last night. I truly enjoyed the seminar. Thomas has a wonderful and unique gift not only with children but his voice is amazing.

"As he spoke about the children and how special they are, I felt something stir inside my heart. I was never told I was special or loved when I was little and I make it a point to tell my children every single day.

"I have found lately that my patience has been tested in many ways and I have been praying to God to help me, to send me more patience and more love to give to my children.

"Monday night, that prayer was answered. I felt renewed after Thomas spoke and sang and I just wanted to say thank you….

"Keep up the magical work you are doing. God bless!"

– Shelly Hunnicutt, Gastonia

 

 

 

 

Hear Thomas read from his new children's book here.

 

 

 

DVD goes on weekend trips with the family

April 5, 2010

"Our 2-year-old granddaughter enjoys the DVD you gave us last year at your workshop! I have to bring it home every night! It is her all-time favorite for the past year since I got it! She has watched it so much that she even knows what you are going to say between songs and what you are going to do and mimics the whole thing! (for example, "take a bow, take a bow" after Twinkle, Twinkle).

"Thomas Moore even goes with us on weekend trips, etc.! She once took it to church to the nursery and told all the children there, "It's Thomas Moore, It's Thomas Moore!) -- so they watched it there, too! She was so proud to share it with the children there!"

– Trudy Lehman-Hendrickson
Dawson Spring, Ky.

  

 

 

 

Unborn child moves to the music

Feb. 18, 2010

"I attended the Early Years Are Learning Years Conference in State College, Pennsylvania, in January of this year, and Thomas Moore was the guest speaker. I loved to hear his words of encouragement and hear him singing. At the time of the conference, I was five months pregnant.

"The moment he started singing I could feel the baby moving to his words. After that I went to work and we have Thomas' CD in the classroom. Each time we play his music, the baby starts to move.

 "Not only have you inspired me to sing more to the children at work and to have the children sing more, but you have sparked an interest in my unborn child.

"She is due June 8 and I can't wait to sing to her. I will be ordering a CD soon with all your songs. Thank you so much for inspiring me."

– Crystal Vanderhoof

Munson, Pa.

 

 

 

 

Gathering the children around the piano

Feb. 13, 2010

"My favorite memory of Thomas Moore is seeing and hearing him play the piano for a roomful of adults enjoying a sing-a-long at a very large party in Charlotte.

"When some small children came into the room and surrounded the piano, Thomas immediately switched to a series of children's songs.

"With that beautiful voice of his, he led the little ones in their own sing-along.

"Thomas is a multi-talented man with so many gifts to share."

– Jo Anne Jones

Johnson City, Tenn.

 

 

 

 

'Can I shake your foot?'

"Whenever I went to training and Thomas Moore was there I knew it would be a wonderful time!!

"If my memory serves me correctly my daughter and I were at a conference in Greensboro, NC. My grandson, Casey (3 years old), came along for the trip.

"As we were walking through the exhibits of course Casey wanted every toy! When we had to say no to him, of course he cried.

"We came around a corner with Casey crying, there stood Thomas Moore. Thomas approached Casey and said, "Can I shake your hand?" Casey stopped crying immediately and gave him his hand.

"Then Thomas said, "Can I shake your other hand?"

"Then to the now smiling Casey, Thomas said "Can I shake your foot?" And lastly Thomas says "Can I shake your other foot?"

"By this time Casey was laughing out loud! So was his mother and nana! Thank you Thomas Moore you are wonderful!!!!!"

– Peggy Grice
Waynesville

 

 

 

 

My Cousin Thomas

Photos courtesy Dequilla Walker

 

"At an early age, when Thomas Moore sang "Love me Tender" (which his mother coaxed him to perform at the annual Christmas gathering at his grandmother's house) and joined in the ole time spirituals at his father's small, rural church, he realized that he was destined to entertain.  

"But he never was consumed with it.  To the contrary, he was an ordinary kid who liked to climb trees, play football and baseball, and engage in all kinds of outdoor activities. 

"Before he finished high school, music increasingly became an important part of his life, and it would remain as such. 

"While in his 20s, Thomas landed the TV role of 'Mr. Keys' on WBTV's children's show 'EZ Street' and he became a Captain Kangaroo to the many children who watched his program.  Indubitably, it was this connection to young people that inspired him a few years later to create the annual New Year's Eve children's celebration that drew a faithful following for 29 years. 

"We are all so fortunate to have been a part of these many celebrations that made a difference in our lives.  Thomas, thank you for your wonderful contributions!"

 – Dequilla Walker

 

 

 


 

 

'People saluted you because you had promise'

Lawrence Toliver, right, spent a career at chambers of commerce and for more than 20 years served in Charlotte. He was at Charlotte's Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum on Nov. 17 when Thomas commented on how important mentors were in his life. Here is Toliver's response.

"We're from the same generation, if not from the same parts of the country. I know when I'm talking to an exceptional child, or someone that used to be an exceptional child. And that's you. Understand what I mean?

"I'm saying that most of the people in this room were exceptional children and folks recognized you. I mean, you've always been respected. You always had people looking out for you.

"I mean, I'm looking at folks in this room, and I could say that to everybody in this room, probably. Somebody was always looking out for you.

"There was something about you that has been exceptional, and people have saluted you because you have promise. You had promise from the time you came here, brother! And everybody around you knew it. And nobody had to tell them....

"We must allow our hearts to respond to what the heart knows. And my heart knows that you were exceptional from the day you came here. And when we recognize exceptional people, no matter whether they're children or they're 99, respond to them as though they are exceptional and they will BE exceptional."

 


 

 

Explaining art through song

"I am an early childhood consultant, educator and author. During my time in and
out of the classroom, I will testify that there is definitely only ONE Thomas Moore.

"Thomas' music comes from his heart, and whether watching Thomas perform or listening to his music, his spirit comes through the music.

"Thomas' music is positive and encourages children to feel good about who they are. With a bit of imagination, Thomas' songs can be incorporated into reading, mathematics, science, and art.

"Our children began their days with Dr. Moore's 'Good Morning' song and for a closing circle song, we might be dancing the Humpty Dumpty Dumpty. His song, 'At the Easel,' helped me explain the importance of open-ended art to parents.

"We moved together to Thomas' movement CD, and his song, 'I Like Me,' was used during our Pre-K graduation.

"But, I am one of the lucky ones. I have met and witnessed Thomas first-hand. We have become friends.

"As a friend, Thomas gives 100%, just like he does with his music. For me, Thomas has brought a special magic into my life, as he did into my classroom. Listen to his music. You'll be glad you did!"

– Lois Wachtel
Creative Beginning Steps, Boca Raton, Fla.
www.creativebeginningsteps.com

 

 


 

 

 

Nov. 20, 2007: Thomas conducts Charlotte's Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Click picture for more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I have known Thomas Moore for almost 20 years and have seen him share his amazing gifts in many settings. I have seen him do his wonders with church choirs and congregations ranging in size from 20 to 2,000.

"His ability to inspire teachers and children is unmatched by anyone I have ever known.

"If at all possible he is always happy to share his gifts and talents with his many friends for family celebrations – be they births, weddings, or funerals.

"I am the guestmaster of an ecumenical spiritual retreat center in Richmond, Va., and we were so blessed by the presence and music of Thomas last week during our worship service.

"Keep up the good work, dear friend. Keep hope alive!"

Karen

 

 

Thomas on July 31, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is this man Thomas Moore?

One way to know Thomas is to watch him in front of children. In the YouTube clip below that he posted July 12, 2009, Thomas is in front of children at the First Ward Development Center. Watch them,  and you'll see Thomas.

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Moore has received many honors for his work. But he holds most dear the “Angel Among Us” award presented to him by Mrs. Fullagars K-2 class in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Thomas explains:

“From years of interactions with young children, I have learned that children are truthful in their evaluations of adults. Through my songs, stories and conversations, children experience me as an adult who works to make the world a better place for all children.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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