Purly Gates is a freelance musician and educator based in Driftwood, TX.
Over the past 3+ decades she has performed in pre-schools, libraries,
camps and elementary schools across the US, from NH to Hawaii, and on a National Endowment for the Arts-funded residency in Micronesia.
She has also worked as a pK and 3rd grade classroom teacher, K-8 music specialist and visiting or residency artist in New Hampshire and Texas.
Purly grew up in the Northeast, earned a B.A. in Art and Certification as
a K-6 Classroom teacher. A talented multi-instrumentalist and singer-
songwriter, Ms. Gates brings to her work decades of experience, enthusiasm, creativity and a unique approach.
Purly sings in English and Spanish, performed at DisneyWorld, and has been featured on TV & radio. She helped raise two step-children, and has travelled on 5 continents!
Ms. Gates was commissioned to write the theme song for the Texas State Library Summer '04 Reading Club. Children all over the state heard and sang her song entitled "I Can Read". She also worked with Very Special Arts of Texas (VSA tx) for two years in their Arts Alive program, a pilot project for TEA concerning pre-Literacy skills for Bilingual pK classes in AISD. Purly was a founding member of the Children's Music Network (CMN) - an international organization. She sat on the Board of Directors for 3 years.
Among the many instruments which Purly plays, her favorites to bring in
to classroom settings are guitar, banjo-ukulele and accordion. But she just might pull some very interesting home-made instruments from her 'bag of tricks' - which always keeps student interest high!
Purly's musical styles are diverse, largely based in traditional folk and swing music. Her song-bag is well-stuffed from years of collecting &
writing. So she can sing about almost any DLM theme. If she doesn't already know one on a subject, she'll either write one or find one!
Purly offers hands-on instrument making activities for children of all
ages, using recycled or unusual materials. She conducts staff develop-
ment workshops as well, on Instrument Making in the Classroom and
using iPads to motivate writing, storytelling and music composition for
elementary and older grades. For more info, click here.
Ms. Gates has released 3 CDs for pK-5th graders: Singin' on a Star, Songs for a Healthy World and the latest - I Can Read. [The National Head Start Family Literacy Center bought 400 copies of I Can Read !!]
SOME VENUES PURLY HAS PERFORMED AT:
DisneyWorld / Kerrville Folk Festival Youth Stage / Central Texas Book Festival
Libraries across the US / Houston International Festival Youth Stage
Numerous Head Start locations in New Hampshire / Boston Children's Museum
Austin & Memphis Children's Museums / Boston Museum of Science
Hundreds of pK's and Elementary Schools across TX and the US to Hawaii
Hughes, Exec. Director, Very Special Arts of TX (w)512-454-9912
Janet Hans, pK Teacher, Christ Lutheran Day School, San Antonio, TX (h)210-824-1068
Wilson-Trester, Retired Kindergarten Teacher, Sanchez
Starting at $100/hr for 2, 30-minute programs for ages 3+
OR: 3, 20-minute programs
Maximum group size: 30 children
Starting at $150 for a 45 minute concert for children and parents;
Includes PA system; Max group size: 250 [Could be a fundraiser!]
WHAT’S BEEN SAID
"Thank you for such a wonderful program that not only entertained but put positive ideas about reading and being creative into the minds of our 4-6 year olds at HMD!! The children could really relate to your Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat routine and we all know and LOVE Bill Martin's Brown Bear story!
I was especially pleased to see that you understand and know what our little ones are like and what it takes to hold their attention.
You did a fantastic job. Finally, your songs were wonderful and it was easy for the children to participate and sing along. Many of our kids had never seen an accordion or banjo/ukulele played live! They loved it.
I wish you well and hope to see you next year at our school." -Carol Williams, Teacher, HMD Early Childhood Center, Beeville, TX
"YES! We would love to have you back. The feedback from the teachers was all very positive. The children enjoyed your presentation very much. Thank you for coming! Please think of us next year..."-Marge Daley, Owner/Imagine Early Learning Center, Sierra Vista, AZ
"Our kids were in AWE"... they loved the concert and they loved Purly!!"
-Jody Wyffels, Prog. dir./ YMCA, Austin, TX
"You have a real gift for sharing your musical talents with children.
I was particularly impressed with your ability to keep the interest
of the children, get them involved in the music AND keep the group
well in control - all at the same time!"
-Pat Reuter, Principal / Dessau Elem., Pflugerville, TX
"Her sparkling sense of fun and humor comes through.... engaging and
witty songs... very genuine, highly entertaining... she even captivated the
adults in the group too." -Peggy Horowitz, Austin Children's Museum
For more comments on Purly's work with young folks, please click here.
MORE GIG & WORKSHOP PHOTOS
pK, motions for "I AmAware"