Referred to as ‘a Texas treasure’ by the Texas Library Association, Joe McDermott released his first album of children’s music in 1988. A former Montessori teacher, Joe has dedicated the last 37 years to honing the art and craft of entertaining children. His songwriting has garnered numerous Parent’s Choice Awards and nominations, in addition to NAPPA and International Song Writing Contest awards. In 2006, he took first place in the Children’s Music category for the John Lennon Song Writing Contest. He was invited to team up with Stan and Jan Berenstain to convert eleven of their original storybooks to music. Impressed by Joe’s musical talent, Stan Berenstain quipped that Joe was an ‘absolute wizard at communicating to children with music.’ Known for his lively school concerts, Joe also creates and produces recording workshops and school-specific music video workshops for elementary school students. With the aid of Hollywood special effects programs, children can ride in rockets, airplanes, and ocean liners and visit other countries or planets! If a classical touch is desired, Joe has thirteen compositions scored for partial or full symphony orchestra. For bigger organizations such as towns and cities, Joe presents a Family Holiday Sing-Along with full band. Photo by Isabel Suarez.

Additional information



Contact name

Joe McDermott

Contact address

3413 Gable Drive Austin TX 78759

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Public Performance

$450 – $2, 500

School performance

$450 – $3, 000

Workshop fees

$600 – $3, 000

Travel per diem lodging





Special audiences

Festivals, Hands-on activities, Libraries, People with disabilities, Schools

School audiences

Elementary, Pre-K

Venue size

Larger, Medium, Smaller, Unplugged, Very Large

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