Songs in the Key of Art with Greg Percy
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Songs in the Key of Art with Greg Percy

Monona, Wisconsin, United States

Monona, Wisconsin, United States
Band Pop Children's Music


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"Scholastic Instructor Magazine"

"...As Greg Percy, a teacher of art for 20 years in Madison, Wisconsin, has discovered, a musical intelligence can even help kids with—what else?—other types of art. Percy's greatest hits ( include the “Picasso Polka,” “From Matisse to You,” “Michaelangelo Mad,” and “The Red and Yellow Blues”-the latter a catchy ditty on primary colors. In his art classes, Percy will show some samples of an artist's work, talk about the artist, and then play an original song pertaining to that day's art lesson. For example, his song “Van Gogh (No Stereo)” appeals to kids because they remember one gruesome fact about the Dutch master: that he cut off his ear—and, as the song goes, couldn't hear “in stereo.” The songs ignite the kids' interest and help them remember important facts and elements of art history.“The kids are learning, but they don't know they're learning,” says Percy. “That's the best situation.”
Jan/Feb 2005 issue - Scholastic


September 2003-page 30-by Senior Editor Carly Berwick

The internet finally proved it’s worth,. WFUV radio host Pete Fornatale announced over the New York-area airwaves recently. It was Vincent van Gogh’s 150th birthday, and the veteran rock deejay wanted to do something special. So he went to his computer and typed into a search engine-“Google, if you must know”- the phrase “songs about art.” One of the first entries returned was "" - and it was a veritable goldmine , with three entire albums filled with art related tunes, from the raucous “Michelangelo Mad” to the folksy “Mondrian,” all written and performed by Madison, Wisconsin, elementary school art teacher, Greg Percy. Fornatale launched his tribute to van Gogh with what he calls a “no-brainer,” “Vincent” by Don McLean, while Percy’s more recent “Van Gogh” concluded the four song set. Percy, who played in a pop-rock ‘80s band” in college, doesn’t shy away from the artist’s more gruesome biographical details. “Vincent van Gogh, he couldn’t hear in stereo,” he begins. He continues with some art criticism. “His sunflowers were brilliant, so simple yet so brave, if he found out what they’re worth, he’d turn over in his grave.”… - ARTNEWS


Songs in the Key of Art Volume 1
Songs in the Key of Art Volume 2
Songs in the Key of Art Volume 3
Songs in the Key of Art Volume 4
Songs in the Key of Art Volume 5
WFUV Boston featured Greg's music as host Pete Fornatale celebrated Van Gogh's 150th birthday. The music has been in regular rotation on The Kids Show from WTUL in New Orleans. Also featured on WPRB New Jersey, WBRS Boston, and WFUV New York.



Greg Percy is and Art Teacher/Musician who started writing songs about art to help his K-1 students learn the primary colors. His idea has grown to five albums with national acclaim. His music has twice been a winner in in the MSG national songwriting contest, and his work has been featured in ArtNews and Instructor magazines. His music has received airplay in Boston, New York, and New Orleans. His musical style ranges from pop to polka to punk. School concerts include classroom visits and a show. Kids, teachers and parents will dance and sing as they learn about the wonderful world of art!