Darlene has graced stages all over Canada and the United States as a performer of family and contemporary music for over 20 years. She is a professionally trained musician and educator that hails from Newfoundland Canada. Darlene received a conjoint degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Music and Music Education before moving to New York to further continue her educational training and received a Masters in Music Education. Darlene has toured internationally with Celtic trio Le Ceile, performed in such stage musicals as "My Fair Lady" as Eliza Doolittle, appeared on "Saturday Night Live", on "Sesame Street - Word on the Street" and performers children and family music on stages in preschools, libraries, theaters and festivals. She performs solo and in many combinations with her band "The Shades of Green". Darlene sings, plays piano, flute, guitar, glockenspiel, tin whistle, and recorder to name a few of her talents. Darlene has composed music for schools and theater, and presents traditional folk music. Together Darlene and her husband Chris have 4 children that inspire her writing and musical style. She has a passion to create and perform music for children and families. In 2008 she released a family friendly CD titled "Everybody Dance". Darlene is presently back in the studio recording her second album with The Shades of Green Band.
Darlene is in demand as a popular performer as well as creator, and does more than 300 shows and classes per year in a solo and band format. Darlene is extremely proud of Rockin Tots and the program holds a special place in her heart as she adores early childhood and little ears.
Rockin' Tots was created and developed by Darlene
Graham a well known family musician and entertainer. Rockin Tots is not your typical Music mommy and me program. This class is designed to engage little ears and grownup ears as well!
All classes are performed by Darlene her guitar and her beloved Ms. Lucy. Take a musical adventure where you and your child can sing together, play musical instruments, dance with scarves, read musical stories, bounce around the room, and even catch musical bubbles:-)
Each Class is different and unique in its own way but all equally as amazing! It is wonderful to watch each child explore for the first time and eventually master and grasp the skills and concepts taught such as loud vs. soft, fast/slow, up/down, song repetition, language development, aural discrimination of sounds and inner ear development. Of course our Music and Movement class introduces even more skills. Bridging fine motor and gross motor skills, steady beat and internal rhythm, language repetition and nursery rhymes, self expression and creative movement to music and sounds. Concepts such as bounce, run, jump, wiggle, shake are becoming concrete and children can master these skills.