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Kinderman & Kindertwin: Bio

Kinderman’s Legacy Promoting Learning Through the Arts

“A wonderful Art teacher. ...graduated from Severna Park High class of '72. So happy that you are still living life to the fullest. You are an example for us all, live, love and laugh.” Melody (Hastings) Mullins August 15, 2011


       Three-time National Capital Region Emmy Award winner John Taylor, is nationally recognized for his innovations in educating, entertaining, and inspiring the imaginations of thousands of children, teachers and parents over the past 5 decades. As a Master Teacher Artist, Kinderman's approach is brought to life by incorporating movement, dance, rhyme, song, story-telling adventures, learning games, and stunning visuals into an interactive experience


       In October 2011 he received a Montgomery County Arts And Humanities Council Executive’s Award for Excellence in Education. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have significantly contributed to the enhancement of surrounding communities through the arts and humanities. In March of 2012 he will receive a HOWIE award from the Howard County Arts Council – in acknowledgement of his contributions to the artistic community in Howard County.


         Kinderman has also been honored by numerous organizations including, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Headstart Association, the Griots’ Circle of Maryland and the Wolftrap Institute For Early Learning Through the Arts. He is a teaching artist listed with the Maryland State Arts Council, as well as regional arts councils, and is a certified early Childcare Trainer with the Maryland State Department of Education and graduate of the Maryland Teaching Artist Institute.



Mr. John Taylor a.k.a. The Kinderman, is a three Time Emmy Award winning host, and former co-producer of ABC, Channel 2’s It’s Kindertime, and The Kinderman Show. Master Artist-in-Education with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, and known as the “Pied piper of dance,” he has conducted interactive performances and workshops, for hundreds of  thousands of students, families and teachers at schools and conferences around the country.


Annual appearances as workshop provider or keynote in educational venues over the past 25 years include:

• National Association for the Education of the Young Child

• Regional Associations for the Education of the Young Child throughout the United States

• Wolftrap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts; Master Artist Responsible for presenting programs throughout the United States.

• National and Regional Headstart Association conferences, In Service Training, and Residency programs

• Baltimore City School System

• Baltimore County School System

• Early Childhood Programs Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade Maryland

• KCMC Child Development Corporation, Kansas City.

• Provider Resource Organization, Portland Or.,

• Reading School District,

• Child Care Central Talladega, Alabama,

• Rainbow Learning Program, Flint Mich.

• Black Child Development Institute

• Indianapolis Black Expo Youth Day Presenter

• Certified Trainer for Maryland State Child Care Authority Conferences

• Maryland Chapter One Parent/Child Empowerment Events

• Kindercare Learning Centers Training conferences

• Artist - In - Education Maryland State Arts Council

• Artist - in- Education Anne Arundel County Maryland

• Artist - in - Education Montgomery County Maryland


• Baltimore Artscape, • Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission Summer Programs • District of Columbia Public Library Reading Programs • Baltimore County Public Library Reading Programs • Lively Arts for Little Ones • Publick Playhouse • Morgan University CAPS program • Pumpkin Theatre • Boise Riverfest - Idaho • Kalamazoo Museum, • Columbia Festival For the Arts • Lively Arts for Little Ones • Marriot Castle Resort, Bermuda • Longwood Gardens • United States House of Representatives – Delegate for Wolftrap Institute for Early Learning Through The Arts. • Tours and residency work in school districts through out the United States, with hundreds of thousands of students served. Lists of schools and references provided on request.


The Baptist News, Columbia Flier, Baltimore Sun, Columbia Magazine, Horizon On-Line Magazine, Jubiliee Magazine, The Baltimore Afro American, Anne Arundel County Sun, Flint Journal- Flint Michigan, Duluth News Tribune, Southfield Eccentric- Southfield Michigan,. Baltimore Sun Papers, The Washington Post, Monday Morning-Columbia Md. The Arkansas Traveler, and numerous other publications throughout the United States.


Montgomery, Howard, Prince George’s, Baltimore, and Fairfax County cable access programs, WJZ-TV Channel 13, WMAR Channel 2, WBFF Channel 45, Radio Zone Baltimore and Silver Spring Stations, V-103WXYV-FM and 102.7 VIP Strong Achiever honoree, and numerous other broadcast affiliates. EDUCATION: • On-Going Professional Development Workshops WolfTrap Institute For Early Learning Through the Arts • On-Going Professional Development Workshops Maryland Childcare Administration • MFA-1964 Art Education, Md. Institute College of Art • BA- 1959 Art Education, Morgan State University • 1978-1979 Graduate Study, Morgan State University Baltimore, MD • 1960-1975 Dance Studies in New York City with: Katherine Dunham, Eleo Pomare’, Babatunde Olatunji and with Anne Waugh Allen in Columbia Maryland. • 1955 Afro Cuban Dance Studies with Andre’ King


• Cultural Alliance of Washington DC •Former Panelist Children’s Event Maryland State Arts Council • Former Member Columbia Forum Howard County Arts Policy Group • Advisory Board Member-Children’s Youth Theatre Arena Playhouse Baltimore Md. • Member Children’s Committee-Columbia Baptist Fellowship, Columbia Md. • The Griot's Circle