With smart songwriting, quirky humor, accurate science, and dazzling multimedia elements, The Singing Zoologist gets audiences giggling and grooving while they learn about metamorphosis, wetlands, ocelots, and more. Starring author, songwriter, and YouTuber Lucas Miller (who really does have a zoology degree), kids adore his live-wire energy and adults love the wealth of science he weaves into each song and story.
Public: ages 4-10
School Time: Grades 1-5
- Graduated with a B.A. in zoology from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1991
- Started sharing his love of wildlife with students in 1992 and has presented for over two MILLION kids!
- On the Texas Commission on the Arts’ Roster of Touring Artists & Companies since 2000. Selected as a Nat’l Endowment for the Arts’ “American Masterpiece Artist” for ’08-’10 touring seasons.
- Booklist starred review and 2009 Editor’s Choice for his DVD “Animals Rock with Lucas Miller Vol. 1“
- Parents’ Choice “Silver” [read review] and NAPPA “Honors” for I Love Earth: The Absolute Best of the Singing Zoologist
- Parents’ Choice “Silver” for I Was a Super-duper Pupa (now titledGotta Take Care of the Hive)
- Parents’ Choice “Silver” for There’s a Chicken On My Head
- Parents’ Choice “Recommended” for The Anaconda La Bamba
- First place in category in 2006 Great American Song Contest for his song “Living In Symbiosis”
- “Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting” in the 2005 Great American Song Contest for the song “Metamorphosis”
- Honorable mention in the Mountain Stage Newsong Contest for “Metamorphosis”
- Honorable Mention for “Slimy” in the Unisong Songwriting Contest.
- “Best New Artist for Older Children” in the 2001 Children’s Music Web Awards!!
- The Texas State Library Commissioned Lucas to write theme songs for Summer Reading Programs in 2005 (Go Wild-READ), 2007 (Sail Away With Books), and 2012 (Get a Clue)
Career highlights include performances for
- Austin City Limits Music Festival
- The National Zoo in Washington, DC
- Laguna Atascosa Nat’l Wildlife Refuge
- The Austin Symphony’s Children’s Day Art Park
- Texas Association of Environmental Educators’ Conference
- Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX
- Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen, TX
- National Association for Interpretation Region 6 Conference
- The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- American School of Tampico, Mexico
- Texas Outdoor Education Association Conference
- Hundreds, if not thousands, of schools and libraries across the continent
Science: Life cycles, animal groups, metamorphosis, insects, animal migration, habitats, wildlife conservation, food chains/webs, ecosystems
Themes: growth and change, seasons, cycles in nature, appreciation of nature, science and observation
Language Arts: rhymes, lyrics, storytelling, songwriting
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