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BECKY DEGAN RELEASES CAN’T STAND STILL

Exton, Pa. A musically diverse collection of songs awaits fans of children’s singer-songwriter Becky Degan on her new album, Can’t Stand Still.

The 12-title CD features songs that appeal to pre-schoolers, but by integrating various styles of music, many of the selections will interest older kids also.

“We incorporated more styles of music in this album,” Becky says, “like blues, rock and roll, and gospel. While this album continues to encourage developmentally appropriate skills, it also attracts a wider age range.”

The variety of songs indicates the musical sophistication on the CD. “Imagination Blues” and “Wade in the Water” take a blues approach. “Musical Party” and “Beachball Boogie” swing to a rock-and-roll rhythm, while the title track, “Can’t Stand Still,” uses a gospel feel. The clever “Hola! Bonjour! Jambo!” reminds children that “there are many different ways to say ‘hello’.” “Turkey Soup” teaches the names of various vegetables, while “Waddle, Waddle” reinforces the language concepts of “wait” and “go.” “Best Friends at the Zoo” teaches animal names and sounds, while “Snowy Day” schools kids on body parts. And “Monster in My Closet” is one of those songs Becky calls “just plain fun.”

Can’t Stand Still is the sophomore effort for Becky, a pianist and vocalist who also works as a music therapist at The Arc of Chester County in West Chester, Pa. Her debut album, Hip Hip Hooray!, was released in December 2003 and was wildly popular with Becky’s fans and supporters. Many of the songs on the new album, like those on the first, were inspired by the children with whom Becky works. But kids of all ability levels delight in Becky’s music, and parents recognize that it encourages interaction with their children and reinforces important developmental skills.

Becky lives in Exton, Pa., with her husband, Michael, who plays bass and guitar. Together they perform at area churches, bookstores, hospitals and libraries.


KIDS CD PROMISES FUN WHILE LEARNING

Exton, Pa. What do festive insects, singing snakes and romping rabbits all have in common? They're some of the vivid creatures that populate the world of children's songwriter Becky Degan on her 13-song CD, Hip Hip Hooray!

The album, released in December 2003, is the debut effort for Becky, a pianist and vocalist who also works as a music therapist at The Arc of Chester County in West Chester, Pa.

Using lively and colorful characters, the songs inspire youngsters to grasp and enhance skills vital to their development. "Sammy the Snake" is a rascally reptile who encourages kids to properly pronounce the important "S" sound. The playful rabbits of "Bouncing Bunnies" reinforce the concepts of "stop" and "go," while working on motor skills such as jumping and marching. Clever numbers like "Suntan Lotion" teach about different parts of the body, while "Go, Go, Go" familiarizes kids with modes of transportation and the sounds they make. The touching "We're Friends" reminds children and adults alike about the meaning of true friendship.

"Fun while learning" is the approach Becky takes in her songwriting and as a music therapist. In working with children with special needs, Becky finds that music helps kids achieve goals important to their development.

"In music, children forget their differences," Becky says. "They're able to participate and have fun no matter what their challenges."

Many of the songs on Hip Hip Hooray! were inspired by the children with whom Becky works, but kids of all ability levels delight in the animated creatures and the fun activities. Parents find that the songs encourage interaction with their children while focusing on sensory, speech and motor skills.

Born in State College, Pa., Becky started singing in her church's choir at the tender age of 4. At 8, she began studying piano. She commenced her career as a music therapist in 1997 after earning a bachelor's degree in music therapy from Elizabethtown College. It was while in college that Becky began writing children's music. Since graduating, she has worked as a music therapist in Michigan and the Philadelphia area, and has been with The Arc of Chester County since 2001.

Becky lives in Exton, Pa., with her husband, Michael, who plays bass and guitar. Together they perform at area churches, bookstores, hospitals and libraries.


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Becky Degan was born among the rolling hills and farmlands of central Pennsylvania, where the Amish horse-and-buggy culture often encounters fervent Penn State fans absorbed with the ups and downs of their beloved Nittany Lions.

To say that music runs in Becky's family is an understatement. Both her parents, and nearly everyone in her immediate family, are musicians or singers. So it's no surprise that at age 4, Becky began singing with her mom at their church's choir.

When Becky was about 8, the family moved from rural Pennsylvania to the Philadelphia suburbs. That year, Becky began studying piano. At 9, she wrote and performed her first song, a Mother's Day tribute called "Dear Mother." The gratitude was apropos, for it was Becky's mom, Sandy, who would prove instrumental in molding Becky's love of children. Often after her own school day was finished, Becky would drop by the preschool where Sandy worked and help out in the classrooms. The experience would nurture in Becky a talent and passion for working with youngsters.

Through her early teen and high-school years, Becky sang in school plays, took part in piano competitions and performed in recitals and festivals, all the while emerging as a polished and confident musician. At the age 14, Becky's family, which by this time included brother Matt, moved to Australia for a year. While Down Under, Becky won a lead role in her school's production of Calamity Jane.

In 1992, Becky entered Elizabethtown College, where she decided to combine her love of children with her musical talent and began to study music therapy. It was while at college that Becky began writing children's music, a skill, she discovered, that seemed to come naturally. In her sophomore year, Becky also began to seriously study voice.

Becky's college study was put on hold for a year while she took a job as an au pair in Sweden, where she sang in and directed a gospel choir in Stockholm. After returning to Elizabethtown College, Becky earned her bachelor's degree in music therapy in 1997. She then served a year-long internship at the Blossomland Learning Center in Berrien Springs, Michigan, helping students with special needs aged 6 to 25.

The following year, Becky began her career as a music therapist in the Philadelphia area. In 2001, she began working with preschool children with special needs at the Arc of Chester County in West Chester, Pa.

In 2003, Becky married Michael Degan, a guitarist and bassist who grew up in Philadelphia. That year, the couple began working on Becky's first album of original songs, Hip Hip Hooray!, which was released shortly before Christmas. Becky and Michael have been performing locally at bookstore, libraries, markets and hospitals, to promote the CD and bring the fun of Becky's music to some of the children who may need it most.