Dr. Doolittle meets Bruce Springsteen when Lucas Miller brought his blend of science-oriented songs and stories to Sims Library at 10 a.m. June 15.
Recognized as an American Masterpiece by the National Endowment for the Arts, this “singing zoologist” presented multi-media events for nearly one hundred thousand children annually at schools, libraries, and family concerts.
Miller, who holds a B.A. in zoology, brought science to life in wildly animated style. With an electric guitar, a trunk full of puppets and images projected onto a large screen, he delights preschoolers and upper-elementary kids alike while teaching about monarch butterflies, wetlands, adaptations, metamorphosis and other topics.
"First and foremost," Miller said, "I’m an educator. My goal is to teach children accurate information about wildlife. They want to have fun, of course, so I use songs and stories and basically act like a wild man to keep them engaged and focused.”
Miller’s songs and stories have won high honors from the Parents’ Choice Foundation, Great American Song Contest, and he’s been featured in FORTUNE Small Business and Texas Parks & Wildlife magazines. “I work hard to create material that appeals to the whole family,” he says, “and I often hear from parents who tell me they enjoy the songs as much as their kids do.”
Lucas is the author of three books including Bluebonnet Time, which turns the traditional bluebonnet photo shoot into an experience of scientific discovery.
“I’m always looking for teachable moments and Texans' obsession with taking snapshots in the bluebonnets seemed like a great one," he explained. "My hope is that the book will get folks to take a moment to look more closely at an individual flower when they're out there mugging it up for the camera.”
The book also includes a CD featuring Lucas’ bluebonnet theme song and eight other scientifically-oriented tunes.
Endorsed by the Texas Commission on the Arts, Miller has been a full-time, independent artist and educator since 1994. Based in Austin, Texas, he has performed at the Texas state capitol, the National Zoo, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Moody Gardens, and well over a thousand elementary schools.
Visit www.lucasmiller.net for music videos, book previews and more information about Lucas Miller and his programs. For more information about the event contact Sims Library at 972-937-2671.