Maryann “Mar.” Harman has a BA in Music, Level I Orff Certification and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood and is the founder of the internationally respected Music with Mar.™ program. Her passion is combining brain research with music activities that help children develop in all areas including language, cognitive, social and motor skills. With over 40 recordings, her music has won several awards (two Parents’ Choice Award Winners, John Lennon Songwriting Award and several other National Awards) and is offered internationally through Discovery Channel, Spotify, Hoopla, iTunes and other distributors.
The dual degrees contribute to her ability to write songs that are musically and educationally sound for children as well as easy to use for teachers and parents. She has over 40 years of classroom experience from early childhood through college and adult education. She was an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida. She is still actively teaching and has a network of Music with Mar. Instructors all over the US as well as a program in China, where she is developing an online program for families to learn English through Music.
Mar. has a 12-hour Certification from the University of South Florida on Diversity; Equity & Inclusion and the topic is part of all her workshops. Her latest project is the book, “Building Brains with Music”.
Her use of the latest brain research in her recordings and workshops, makes her a sought-out Keynote speaker for a number of state, national and international organizations. Music with Mar. gives children the gift of music while using it as a tool to enhance skills. Maryann has presented for SECA, NAEYC, NAEYC State Affiliates, S African Principals' Assoc, SDE and various Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies