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literature and language professor

Mike Mennard is a children's recording artist based in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Background

Mennard, Mike was born on July 15, 1967 in Fort Worth, Texas, United States. Son of Robert Dallas and Davaleen Louise Mesnard.

Education

Master of Arts in English, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, 2003.

Career

The following was obtained from Mike's biography:Mike was painfully shy until is mother coaxed him out of his shell with an ice cream scoop. Handing Mike the utensil as she cooked supper, she told Mike to pretend it was a microphone and entertain her. He did. It's safe to say that Mike came out of his shell, and decades later it’s difficult to imagine Mike as anything but a performer.

But he claims that that shy little boy still lives inside, which helps him to relate to children—shy ones, as well as not-so-shy ones—better. Throughout the 1990s, Mike performed contemporary gospel music extensively throughout the United States. He produced two recordings with Eden Records, "Grace (and Other Stuff)" and "Life With a View." But Mike’s first musical love has been children’s music—or as Mike calls it, “family music.” He incorporated his “family music” in all of his gospel concerts until soon those songs became his most requested.

Concert-goers were disappointed when those fun, zany songs were not available on CDs or cassettes. In 2004, Mike solved that dilemma with the release of "Something's Rotting in the Fridge." Mike has turned his full creative talents toward storytelling and educating through music. His shows have become popular attractions, from classrooms and libraries to state fairs and concert halls.

As an English professor at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, he teaches college students about the values of poetry and music, yet he still believes that one is never too young to learn to appreciate rhythm and rhyme (and wacky humor!). Promoting literacy through music, Mike travels to state reading conferences across the US, entertaining teachers and speaking with them about the importance of keeping rhythm and nonsense alive in the classroom. He has produced six albums and one stage musical (play).

His music is family friendly, with humor that adults, children, and educators alike appreciate. No musical style holds Mike prisoner—on any of his albums you’re likely to find rock, rap, bluegrass, hip-hop, opera, lullabies, and everything in between. Perhaps the one thing that distinguishes Mike's work is its interplay between music and poetry.

Each album is part music, part poetry, all original. And this may explain why some CDs have as many as 51 tracks. That's What Makes Them Pirates (2010).

Achievements

  • Targeting elementary-aged kids, Mike’s sense of humor and interactive performances have won the hearts of critics and families world-wide.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Composer (writer and producer): (recording) Pirates Do the Darnedest Things, When Mother Goose Laid an Egg, The Whaler's Inn.

Personality

He is passionate about writing and performing music and poetry for children (and their families).

Connections

Married Michelle Mae Velazquez, June 25, 1989. 1 child Ramsey Robert Francisco Mesnard.

father:
Robert Dallas

mother:
Davaleen Louise Mesnard

Spouse:
Michelle Mae Velazquez

Child:
Ramsey Robert Francisco Mesnard Mennard