Bob Messano, M.Ed., performs original music for children, families, and communities. Bob has three decades of experience as a professional musician. He has performed concerts for countless kids and family audiences at a host of schools, libraries, and community events. Bob’s concerts are interactive, educational, and fun for all ages. Bob’s music brings out the kid in everyone. He loves seeing how music strengthens families and builds connections across communities.

 

Education Background

 

Bob taught Kindergarten for many years in a public school. He has a Master’s degree in education with an emphasis on early childhood education. Bob incorporated music daily in his classroom so his songs are truly child-tested and parent-approved.

 

Bob works as a Field Supervisor of student teachers at William Paterson University, his alma mater, and is a professor of early childhood education at Kean University. Bob cherishes the opportunity to pass on his experience to the next generation of teachers.

 

Musical Influences

 

Bob has been described as “a master guitarist”. That’s quite an accomplishment for someone who just began playing guitar in college. At college, Bob had the opportunity to see many legendary musicians perform. He developed a deep affection for American roots music through the songs of legendary bluesman, Muddy Waters; Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe; and folk musician/activist, Pete Seeger. Bob’s original songs owe a debt of gratitude to these musical pioneers.

 

Bob’s Guitars

 

In concert and in the studio, Bob uses a diverse collection of guitars to play a variety of musical styles from blues to bluegrass, rock to reggae.

 

Acoustic: Finocchio Prima (custom built for Bob), Epiphone Texan

 

Resonator and Slide: Gibson Dobrolectric, Peavey Power Slide

 

Electric: Guild Starfire III, Epiphone Dot, Fender Telecaster, Fender Stratocaster

 

Musician on the Move

 

Bob is on tour year-round and has logged a lot of miles on his car. His last car, a Subaru Forester, had 350,000 miles! Bob is on the road to new musical adventures and enjoys making new friends along the way. What direction will Bob’s creativity take him next? Bob is a prolific songwriter so it will be interesting to see how he branches out from his musical roots and embarks on a fresh journey through his recordings and concert programs. He is excited about developing collaborations with other artists as well. Stay tuned!

 

 

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