I have enjoyed careers as an elementary teacher, music teacher and a homeschool/cyberschool mom, not to mention an exciting career as a paralegal. Then, I switched careers again, this time in the role of Mom to a talented, smart, and beautiful son. In high school he was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, and spent the next three years, homeschooled/cyberschooled. During this time, I took all the skills I had acquired, both educational and legal, opened my music publishing company, and threw myself into writing, recording and publishing songs for children, including curriculum-based vocal/choral music. Many of my son's old teachers and music teachers told me they had a hard time finding affordable songs for certain topics, so I accommodated their need and wrote songs on subjects such as bullying prevention, tolerance and acceptance, being authentic and true to who you are, nature conservation, self esteem and motivation. I also wrote , one fun song about going to a new school and some of the worries and excitement that goes along with that process. When I am able, I do travel to work with schools that have licensed my songs, in order to help the music teacher with the various harmony parts, should the teacher wish to use them.
I am a big fan of the Kodaly method of music education, and use it often when working with children both in the classroom, and in the recording studio. I also work with children to make sure that they understand the importance of the song topics they are singing, and help them bring emotion to these songs. I try to impress upon children and teachers that they have a chance to reach others with these songs and messages, and hopefully help repair the world, as well as support their core curriculum.
August 2015: " Annie Lynn and Chris Arms: No Time for Hate and Other Songs for Schools" containing the hit song STOP THAT! awarded "Best Children's Album" (aug) in the Akademia Music Awards. DECEMBER 2013 - THE SONG "STOP THAT! - AN ANTI-BULLYING ANTHEM" WAS USED IN A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE COUNTRY OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA IN THEIR CRUSADE TO END BULLYING. * IN MARCH, 2010, ANNIE AND THE GLENSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHOIR PERFORMED THE SONGS OF ANNIE LYNN AND CHRIS ARMS ON AN ANTI-BULLYING PLATFORM AT THE HARRISBURG STATE CAPITOL FOR OUR STATE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES, IN THE ROTUNDA AS PART OF MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH. * IN OCTOBER, 2010, ANNIE & CHRIS ARMS WERE SELECTED AS FINALISTS IN THE SONG OF THE YEAR COMPETITION FOR THEIR ANTHEM "NO TIME FOR HATE." * IN MAY 2009, ANNIE & CHRIS ARMS WERE SELECTED AS FINALISTS FOR THEIR ANTHEM "NO TIME FOR HATE" IN THE CHILDREN'S GENRE OF THE 12TH ANNUAL UNISONG INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST. * IN AUGUST, 2008, ANNIE & CHRIS ARMS WERE ALSO SELECTED AS SEMI-FINALISTS FOR THEIR ANTHEM "NO TIME FOR HATE" IN THE U.K. SONGWRITING COMPETITION. * IN FEBRUARY, 2008, ANNIE & JIM BURNS WERE SELECTED AS ONE OF TEN FINALISTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL ACOUSTIC MUSIC AWARDS FOR BEST COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS SONG, "MY BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN SKIES." * IN SEPTEMBER, 2007, THE SONG "NEW SCHOOL" (FEATURING SON ALEX AND COUSINS HANNAH S. ON VOCALS AND WANAMAKER LEWIS ON BANJO) WAS AWARDED HONORABLE MENTION IN THE JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING COMPETITION. * IN FEBRUARY, 2007, ANNIE AND HER SON ALEX W. WERE SELECTED AS ONE OF TEN FINALISTS IN THE BEST GROUP/DUO CATEGORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL ACOUSTIC MUSIC AWARDS FOR "THAT'S ALL THERE IS." ( Now Alex is seeking higher pay and less homework. Negotiations are at a stalemate.)
Bachelor of Science in Education and Music Education, West Chester University (started at U. of Hartford, Hartt School of Music for 2 years) Certified Paralegal
Contact me at Anniebirdd@aol.com if you know of any talented boys or girls with good voices and pitch, who live in the greater Philadelphia area. I am always looking for new talent to record in the studio with us. Ages 8-14 preferable.