Children’s musician ‘Mr. Gym’ gets kids to move and groove

By Rachel Hill - ReminderNews
Manchester - posted Wed., Aug. 3, 2011
Singer and songwriter Chris Keithan, a.k.a. ‘Mr. Gym,’ visited Whiton Memorial Library on July 28, bringing music and movement to kids. Photo by Rachel Hill.
Singer and songwriter Chris Keithan, a.k.a. ‘Mr. Gym,’ visited Whiton Memorial Library on July 28, bringing music and movement to kids. Photo by Rachel Hill.

There’s nothing better than getting to do what you love for work - and when it incorporates two of your passions, it’s all the better.

Chris Keithan, a.k.a. “Mr. Gym,” gets to do just that. With a love of both sports and music, Keithan works during the school year as a physical education teacher and spends his summers on the road, bringing music and movement to kids as a children’s musician.

Keithan recently brought his act to Manchester’s Whiton Memorial Library on July 28, motivating kids to get up and move, playing a variety of instruments and singing some catchy songs that are toe-tapping fun for young kids.

With 10 years of experience working with elementary-school-aged children, Keithan knows how important it is to stay active, and he delivers this message in each performance to an audience that responds with great energy and enthusiasm.

“It’s essentially a gym class on the road, and an extension of my job during the school year,” said Keithan. And, with 45 minutes of physical activity, it’s definitely a workout.

Keithan also manages to explain some basics about the instruments he plays and weave in entertaining jokes along the way, all the while staying focused on instructing the kids’ movements.

“This is a second job for me and a fun hobby. I get to interact and connect with the kids. Music is a universal language and it lends itself to instant activity,” said Keithan. “Movement, exercise and music blend together naturally.”

With 50 shows booked over eight weeks this summer, some of which have extended out of state, “Mr. Gym” isn’t slowing down any time soon. In fact, his hobby is growing and expanding. The “Mr. Gym Band” has been in the studio recording a new CD, and you can listen for free at the website, TheMrGymBand.com. Keithan and his music can also be found on www.MrGymRocks.com.


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