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My mission is to EMPOWER children with SELF-CONFIDENCE through fun music and stories. I hope you'll join me on my journey!
Matt the Music Man (Matthew McFarlane) is an award winning children’s musical entertainer! He's also possibly the only musician around with a pirate hat and a platypus for a sidekick!
Growing up, Matt was very shy and was bullied at school. He spent much of his time having dreams about becoming a professional musician but his shyness and lack of self-confidence were too overwhelming. Today, Matt draws on these childhood experiences to inspire kids with his message of becoming self-confident and respecting everyone along the way.
After about 20 years of performing, Matt was inspired to become a children's musician upon the arrival of his first child. He has released three diverse all-original albums titled "Family Fun! (2018), "Everyday Superheroes" (2017) and "Songs For Kids Age 1 to 101" (2014). He has performed many exciting shows across the Maritimes and beyond. Guitars, ukulele, banjo, harmonica, kazoo, and other instruments are played, and fun props such as costumes and puppets are used to create a fun, interactive and educational experience. Through music, humour and stories, Matt teaches children about the importance of self-confidence and respect. It all comes together into a highly entertaining educational show for children and families.
In 2019, Matt launched an online video series titled, "Fun With Matt." The videos are made to educate children on a variety of fun topics and to spread his positive messages!
Many songs have been hits with children and parents such as “Everyday Superheroes”, “Dinosaur In the Candy Store” and "Pirates from Yarmouth". Matt makes a point to not downplay his music lyrically or musically too much for children because he understands how smart children are and he wants older audiences to be entertained as well. The smiles, laughs and voices singing along (even the parents!) are rewards that drive Matt as he continues his lifelong dream of performing music.
2021 East Coast Music Award Nomination - Children's Entertainer of the Year
2019 Music Nova Scotia Award WINNER - Children's Artist of the Year
2018 Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination - Children's Artist of the Year
• CBC Radio One Weekend Mornings, Nov. 22, 2015
“The staff and students loved Matt’s performance! Very fun, engaging and appropriate for our K-1 students The students really enjoyed having the ability to participate!” - Tracy Stewart, Principal Forest Hill Elementary School, Fredericton, NB
"Our students and staff loved Matt's performance! He is an excellent songwriter, and keeps kids engaged with his quality music, sense of humour, and uplifting themes. - Caitlin Quinton, Music Teacher, Coldbrook & District School, NS
"Matt the Music Man was skilled at engaging an audience. His music was fun and relatable for the students at our K-5 school. Our students enjoyed him and his music!"- Angela Trueman, Principal, Arnold H McLeod School, NB
"Matt's concert was very entertaining and engaging! He encouraged audience participation and had most of our students singing along to his original songs. We look forward to having him come back to perform in the future. - Mark Thornton, Principal, Plymouth School, Yarmouth, NS
Matt with two of his childhood heroes: Raffi & Fred Penner