Enthusiasm is catching! Al deCant’s School Concerts are high quality children’s
entertainment at its best. Al is a critically acclaimed concert performer and educator from
Connecticut, who has entertained and educated thousands of young people through his
programs of music and storytelling, Al’s music and character education themes are being
used in schools and classrooms throughout Connecticut. Parents, teachers and children
immediately respond to the catchy tunes and lyrical wit of this veteran
singer/songwriter/educator. Al’s original comic and soulful songs are enjoyed as much by
adults as they are by children.


Al’s musical styles have been compared to everyone from James Taylor to Randy Newman to
Elvis, but he clearly expresses his own unique style of children’s music. With high-energy
tunes spanning genres from traditional folk, rock and roll to Afro-Reggae rhythms, Al knows
how to engage his audience in singing along, dancing, and having one heck of a good time.
His i
nteractive songs; “Wake it Up, Shake it up,” “I Don’t Wanna go to Bed,” “The Earth's My
Home,” “Welcome,” and “Energy Cop”
personify the enduring themes Al writes about. Al
says, “There is nothing more exciting when families and friends are singing, dancing and
making music together.”


Al deCant has been an educator for over 25 years and has served as an elementary school
teacher, principal and director of curriculum and instruction. He holds several advanced
degrees in Elementary Education, Educational Media and Administration. He actively
performs throughout Connecticut for schools, libraries, hospitals, local fair, and fundraisers
as well as private and corporate functions. He is a yearly presenter for the Connecticut
Association for the Gifted – “Minds in Motion” and has presented workshops for the Early
Childhood Development Council.


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Orange Town News  
Monday, December 10, 2010          
by Laura Fantarella
Al deCant is like a pop star to the
under ten-year-old set. The talented
songwriter and musician, who also
happens to be principal of Peck Place
School, just recorded “Meta Morphosis,”
a new CD of upbeat songs for children.       
deCant has been performing for kids
for nearly two decades, ever since his own
children were toddlers. “I started out writing
about what was going on in my own
family, with songs like ‘I Don’t Want
to Go to Bed,’ or ‘Time to Brush Your
Teeth,’” deCant said. At that time his kids
thought dad’s local performances and
impromptu songs about their family life was
a lot of fun, but by middle school they were
a little embarrassed. Now in their twenties,
sons Zack and Kyle are his biggest fans.
“They think I’m cool again,” deCant said.
Today he still writes songs that appeal to
kids (and their parents as well) with lively
lyrics and catchy melodies that get toes
tapping, fingers snapping and everyone
singing along. His songs are motivational
and inspirational with a positive message
throughout. In “Think Big,” he sings, “If you
can dream it, you can do it, you can
change the world, -- think big”. In “One
Step At A Time,” he sings, “Everything has
a beginning, everything has an end, but to
get from here to there, only one way my
friend – take one step at a time.” His
backup singers are past and present
students from Peck Place School
including Caroline DelVecchio, Alayna
Dixson, Clarea Gamsu and Emily Kilian.
“They sang their hearts out and ate me out
of house and home,” deCant writes in his
CD cover. deCant is never at a loss for new
song ideas, whether from his school’s
curriculum and/or the children he is
surrounded by everyday. “Inspiration
comes from everywhere,” he said. “I got the
idea for the title song, ‘Metamorphosis,’
from a unit on butterflies.
In ‘Welcome Song,’ I sing ‘hello’ in many
different languages.” deCant’s journey as
an artist is also a metamorphosis of sorts.
He started playing rhythm guitar and was
a vocalist for rock and roll bands while a
student at Amity High in the late 1960s.
He was a member of “We the Living”, a
local band that played at area clubs,
weddings and Yale University mixers. “I
was also writing songs and jingles at the
time and trying to market my music. I was
rejected by a lot of top companies!” he
said with a smile. “But I came close.” At
the time he was also teaching sixth grade
at Mary L. Tracy School and music took a
back seat for a while as he established
his career and married his wife, Karen.
When his children were born he found a
new niche performing in concerts for
children at local libraries, schools and
community centers. Now, deCant says, he
is lucky enough to indulge both his
passions. “I like the balance of academics
and music. I have the best of both
worlds,”” he said. “It is so enjoyable
for me to perform for kids and their
families and see them dancing, singing
and having fun together. I actually like it
better than being in a rock band!” He
continues to perform at local venues, the
Milford and Norwalk Oyster Festivals, and
hosts occasional Friday night “Pajama
Jams,” an interactive show for children
and their parents to benefit literacy
programs in West Haven and Seymour.
“Everyone comes in their pjs; they bring a
blanket and a book,” he said. And, of
course, he is a frequent headliner at
Peck Place School assemblies. His latest
CD can be purchased at Jesse’s Toys in
Orange; Yellow Moon Toy Company in
Milford; Racebrook Market in Orange;
CDbaby.com, iTunes, Amazon.com; or by
visiting aldecant.com.