The Not-So-Secret Family Show! feat. Tallulah's Daddy, Mr.Ben, Zazzy Zoe
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
Doors 3:45 PM / Show 4:00 PM
The Not-So-Secret Family Show!
Introducing The Not-So Secret Family Show every Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6PM at the Secret Society!
Featuring a rotating lineup of Portland's finest family performers for the kids & showcasing Portland's best singer/songwriters for the grown-ups! Full bar& menu available!
$8 per walking human, all ages welcome.
Tallulah's Daddy, aka Matt Lynch, has been playing music since he was seven-years-old. He's played in bands across the country, in a variety of styles including funk, reggae, ska, jazz, rock and more. He's taught lessons to kids and adults, and has worked at camps and vocational training programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities. He can teach you to play by ear or sight-read written music. He's been playing children's music on his own and with some of Portland's favorite kindie bands and loves every minute of it!
“Mr Ben says that, "Music is magical for kids cognitive development,” and that’s the reason he has endeavored to make live music fun, accessible, and engaging for young audiences for the length of his nearly 10 year career as a kids performer. Your child will love his original and classic kids tunes, and you’ll be won over by his impressive musical ability and familiar covers by favorite artist ranging from Bob Marley and the Beatles to Prince and the Ramones.”
It all began when...
I was in the midst of a major Ani Difranco phase in my early 20's, and a friend taught me how to play a few chords on the guitar. And, well, it was pretty rough on the ol' finger tips. But he coaxed me into borrowing his guitar for a few months, and after lots of cringing and moaning and practicing "32 Flavors" about a million times, I finally developed those sought-after calluses. And I've been strummin' ever since! Several years later I picked up the ukulele and it soon became my go-to set of strings---it's the perfect-sized instrument to play with a group of children. I started bangin' on hand drums ca. 2000 and in 2002, found myself teaching hand drumming classes to teenage girls in a residential treatment facility, which ignited my passion for music facilitation. Around that time I also began facilitating hand drumming classes to younger children (ages 5 and up) and adults.
In 2005, I got a full-time teaching job at a preschool where I became the in-house musician. It was such a blast. Working there for three years gave me ample time to learn what works well with young kids when it comes to music facilitation. I learned the general scope of their musical capabilities and what types of songs really speak to them. Obviously every child has different likes and dislikes when it comes to music and all other things in life, but I've found there are certain songs, chants, and musical activities that pretty much every kid I've ever worked with just loves. And luckily for me, preschool-age kids make it really clear when they like something and when they don't. During this time I also learned how to be comfortably goofy, because a healthy dose of goofiness is a must when you're entertaining young kids.
I left the preschool to go to grad school. From 2008-2010, I attended PSU and obtained a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Not surprisingly, throughout the program I was drawn to facets of language that pertain to rhythm ("prosody") and using music to teach language (click here if you're interested in checking out a cool project I worked on at Atkinson Elementary School in SE Portland).
Near the end of my master's program, I got pregnant with my daughter and became a stay at home mom after she was born, which left me almost no time to do anything creative except sing and play music. When she reached preschool age, serendipity struck when I met a preschool director/teacher through a friend who was willing to trade music classes for my daughter's attendance at her school. That year was pivotal; I increased my repertoire significantly and it continues to constantly grow today. Currently I do music at 13 Portland-area preschools.
I LOVE MY JOB!!!
$8 per walking human
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