Called "an ambassador of song" by the Newark Star-Ledger, DARIA (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou) has spent a lifetime sharing the joy and creativity of music with audiences around the planet. Her world music for children website (www.dariamusic.com) as well as her cd recordings have won numerous Parent's Choice, NAPPA, Creative Child and Children's Music Web Awards. DARIA has represented the United States at World Expo in Seville, Spain and was chosen as a national teaching artist for the STOMP/PULSE project. In 2008, she was awarded a Citation From Commonwealth of Pennsylvania “Commending an Exemplary Record of Service in the Field of Education”. In 2012, her Youtube channel of educational children’s music animations surpassed 500,000 views.
Daria’s teaching style is interactive. Her music is created so that it can be used in a variety of different ways and as part of different teaching/learning styles. DARIA’s musical crafts allow children to explore world cultures at the same time adding their own personal approaches to both the artwork and the musical aspects of the project.
2009 - Parent’s Choice Award for Outstanding Children’s Website: www.dariamusic.com 2008 - Parent’s Choice Award for: Grandchildren’s Delight Grammy Ballotted for intergenerational release: Grandchildren’s Delight Friend of Education Award From: PSEA – Pennsylvania State Education Association Citation From Commonwealth of Pennsylvania “Commending an Exemplary Record of Service in the Field of Education” 2007- National Parent’s Choice Award for: Beautiful Rainbow World Arts Commentary Grant Recipient – Chosen To Create a Multicultural Curriculum for the Early Education Classroom 2006 - Delegate to United Nations – UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues NAPPA Honor Award for: I Have A Dream (National Association of Parenting Publications) 2004 - Children’s Music Web – Best New Artist For Younger Children STOMP-PULSE One of five artists chose nationally as “STOMP Teaching artists” by Honda Corp. as part of the STOMP/ PULSE Tour
B.A. in Ethnomusicology from Friends World College, Huntingdon, NY Internship, Library of Congress, Internship, Danzas Wiraqocha, Cusco, Peru, Extended Field Work - Canchis, Puno and Ancash, Peru, Extended Field Work - South Appalachian Folklife Center
World Music childrens performer DARIA (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou) has spent the last two decades performing in the US and around the world, creating music to inspire all the world’s children. Along with five national awards for her culturally diverse music, Daria’s website (www.dariamusic.com) was given a 2009 Parent’s Choice Award and offers many great resources for teachers, parents and kids of all abilities. Along with bilingual versions of popular world music songs, Daria’s “I Have A Dream” Song is used widely to celebrate MLK Day. Her Earth Day anthem “We’ve Got The Whole World In Our Hands” is used in the US as well as in Singapore and Japan. Her “Beautiful Rainbow World” song is used in Australia as part of a “Respecting Others” curriculum for preschoolers as well as in South African schools as part of a “Teach Tolerance” initiative. Daria’s live show is fully interactive as she brings a variety of exciting world traditions to life, allowing children to become a part of the celebration and the fun.
English Language Arts, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Native Americans, U.S. History, European History, World History, World Language, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Other (World Language), Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Other (Arts), Music, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Other (Music), EFL - ESL - ELD, Afro-American Studies, Foreign Languages, Religion, Australian History, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Religion, Arabic, Character Education, Asian Studies, Child Care, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Dance, Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Earth Day, Summer, Hebrew, Gaeilge, Classroom Community