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Best Music teacher ever. So fondly recall the good old days of my youth at Fox Meadow School - his especially golden years. So passionate and energetic. He loved to hear us sing and he loved to sing. He played so many instruments. he taught us songs from around the world. The Emperor has New Clothes. Half Pint, Don Quixote. The Kennedys. Seneca Falls. From the Kennedys: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, if you live up to all the faith I have in you, you'll live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Don't forget: Christmas and Hanukah best time of the year! No one had a better music teacher. We were so lucky, but we knew it even ta very young age.
Hello, Mr.Ravosa! I wanted to thank you for the songs you write, they are brilliant. Children ,parents, teachers love them very much. It would be great if there will be any way to buy songs online, MP3 downloads. Thanks a lot for your talent. Montessori school teacher, Lidiya Solonovich.
Hi Mr. Ravosa! I hope this finds you well and happy. I don't know if you remember me but I was at Fox Meadow School until I graduated from 5th grade in 1968. My goodness you were a great teacher! Thank you for all you did to inspire all of us kids. I live in Manhattan and have been involved in the theater for most of my professional life. All the best to you! Amy Willstatter
I hope my message finds you doing well. Recently, I was perusing some of my school district's older editions of "The Music Connection", when I came across a delightful musical you wrote, entitled, "A Book is a Magic Carpet". I have searched the Internet, hoping to find the set of CDs for this grade level (1). I cannot find them anywhere. Can you advise me about where I might be able to find a complete recording of the songs (demos) and their accompaniment tracks? I would need them pretty soon, as we are having a huge "March is Reading" kick-off ceremony the end of this month (February).
Thank you, kindly, and be well!
I hope this finds you well. I was just singing one of your songs to myself (not an uncommon occurrence) and thought I would try a google search.... I don't know if you remember, but when I was a kindergartener at Fox Meadow in 1974-5, I had the thrill of playing King George III as a little boy in the 5th grade production of Glorious Morning.
Thank you for helping give me such a passion for music through your plays, your classes and your enthusiasm,
Our theme for preschool graduation this year is "Oh the Places We'll Go!" and wanted to use the song "Dr. Seuss We Love You". How do we purchase the piano accompaniment to this song? Our graduation is May 21, 2014 so we need to begin practicing soon! Thank you!
Hi, Carmina: I was looking for children's music cd's and I immediately thought of you, even as far back as when I was a teacher assistant at the Dalton School. I am looking on your site for any and all cd's/discography that I can purchase for a friend and her kids. I remember the musicals you made for each class, the funny Capt. Kangaroo songs (It's a nose, it's a hand........and Birds Eat n' Eat 'Eat) and listened to the fantastic samples you have. please let me know how I can purchase past music as well as your current offerings. Listening to your music, it brought back all the magic you give to all kids, even old ones.
Dear Mr. Ravosa,
I attended Fox Meadow School from 1974-1979, and without a doubt, my favorite moments were in your music class, and during your musical productions. For a boy who had almost no musical talent, and even less ability to stay focused, you were simply amazing. Your encouragement, patience, and overall desire not only for us to learn, but also for us to enjoy ourselves while doing so, was simply amazing.
From Half Pint, to The Gilded Age, to all those other wonderful productions you helped us learn and perform, thank you! As unimaginable as it seems, I still find myself occasionally singing “Here’s a Dime! Here’s a Dime! You can lend but don’t spend my dime!”
Thank you for all you have done for me, and for so many of my friends.
Hi Mr. Ravosa I also sent you a message, but wanted to post here too. Happy Birthday Yesterday!!
You have touched so many people over the years. And so many of my contemporaries now call you Carmino, which I cannot do. You are always Mr. Ravosa to me. My beloved music teacher, who had the ability to create dozens if not hundreds of songs that I still remember and sing with my Fox Meadow friends (Yes I still have a lot of friends from Fox Meadow). I want you to know that I missed you terribly when you left us at Fox Meadow. I know the opportunity for you was great, but you left a void that truly could not be filled by anyone. I loved being Lazy Jack in Jack & The Beanstalk. I loved The Gilded Age. I loved Half-Pint. I loved them all. How many composers can say that almost all of their creations were toe tapping and memorable for decades after the last time they were heard. I believe that you also wrote a song for the '76 Olympics that almost got picked up(Or maybe it did get picked up I don't remember) called The Bronze, The Silver And The Gold. I still remember the lyrics. Thank you so much for all you did. It was an honor to have you as my teacher. You are an inspriration.
Mr. Ravosa, I too just sent you a message, but wanted to post here as well.
I am one of the many Scarsdale Fox Meadow Elementary School students who cherished having you as my music teacher. I still remember the 4th grade musical you created for us where we got to sing Shenandoah Mountains and wear sun bonnets. And the 5th grade musical you wrote, Half Pint, and being a Foxes cheerleader! I still recall the songs we sang during the Christmas/Holiday sing alongs you lead outside the gym/auditorium, and I remember you introducing us to, and playing, the dulcimer for us! Thanks to my parents saving them, I also had fun last night reading through the progress reports you wrote about me and felt so warm at the high praise and ensthusiasm you put into them.
So many wonderful memories and so much inspiration you gave me, and all of us fortunate to be in your classes! And on a final note, I will say, "You're a Giant to Me"! I hope you still remember the tune as I've included some of the words to this Half Pint song that so represents how I feel about you and your influence on my life!
You're a giant to meYou're our man in spaceYou're a hero to meBen Hur in a chariot raceYou're the Nile and the RhineYou're PT 109
You're a giant to meYou're the Taj MahalYou're Mt Everest to meBut you're really twice as tallYou're a scientist's proofYou're Fiddeler on the RoofYou're a giant to me.
All the best for the happiest of birthdays and many more to come!
5th grade class of 1973
Mr. Ravosa, I just sent you an email, but I'm posting here too. 50 years ago, I was Fraulein Rottenmeier in your production of "Heidi" at Columbus Ave Elementary School. I still remember the words to my song "Soft White Rolls" and I still consider you the most important musical influence in my life.
Carmino...you are the best! I hope and wish all schools could have your music and passion:)
PS I am a former elementry school student of Carmino's ...here is my thinking
Dear Carmino (Mr. Ravosa)
I am still very close with Freddy Onorato and several Fox Meadow folks … and will always be and remember…….
-A paper boy in Seneca Falls….and have a fundamental respect for women rights from the lessons learned from your teachings through this amazing show….”A convention will be held on social and civil and religious rights for women”! “Wait a minute that’s not so-boys aren’t better this I know”!
-A trumpet player-in Aesop’s fables that learned to listen to my heart and not to what people tell you to do if it’s wrong…and that “little by little by little by little by-BIG THINGS GET DONE”!
-I almost made it to 1600 hundred Pennsylvania Avenue-“if I live up to all the faith I have in you” ….but Andrew beat me out (a few years my senior- and my voice was cracking) but Diane Israel my sister was Mrs. Kennedy and that “was a course-anywhere to prepare you for life like no other…it’s an older brother” (and in my case Sister)!
….And I also learned that even Half pints can kick butt –and being the youngest that was darn good to know!
And can you please tell me Carmino-once and for all…..”Who did-who did-who did who did who did swallow jo/jo/jo/jo”???
I want you to know that I am now a teacher of entrepreneurship at Colorado University in Boulder Colorado- and founded and run the largest Popcorn retailer in the world…and I say this not to boast-but to rather let you know that from all I know-and all I have learned-from Union College-to Harvard-through my business career and all points in between….no teacher or person touched my life more, or brought me more smiles, joy and memories then you…..Most importantly-I sing to my kids (Mason-7, Caden-5 and Kyla 3) weekly- and at every important life juncture, transition or challenge, I have used music and song writing to help me through these times-to give me strength or share a dream.
Below and attached is the song I wrote for my dad on his 75th b-day and the song I sung for my mom’s passing….and man did my mom and whole the Israel family love you!!!
Greatness Carmino, in my mind is being exactly who you are…and doing what you love…fully and completely….and sharing and touching lives through your passion…..and this makes you truly the greatest Carmino. Thank you for being you…..and helping make me…me
I am an elementary music teacher and would like the music to Dr. Seuss We Love You. How I can purchase it?
It was a pleasure meeting you recently at Saratoga Apple in Schuylerville, NY. I am now a big fan of yours! I loved Captain Kangaroo as as kid and still love Dr. Seuss. I write a few songs myself and always thought them just silly, but you are an inspiration to me!
I have always enjoyed your songs in the Silver Burdett Music Connection series. Presently, I am teaching in a district with no music resources of its own. I do own a few of the Third Grade cd's, and just heard "It's a Beautiful Land We Share."
Unfortunately, I have misplaced my Text Book and can't figure out the words in the B section of the second verse from the CD. Can you Help?
Thank you so much,
Everett, MA Public Schools
I purchased your musical "Let's Hear it for America" several years ago. I have the accompaniment tape but don't have the lyrics. Is it possible to get them without buying the whole musical?
I love your music!
2nd grade teacher
Cajon Park Elementary School
Santee, Ca. 92071
I am looking for sheet music for Dr. Seuss We Love You. Does anyone have it or know where I can get it?
You were one of my favorite teachers of all time at Dalton. Thank you for your encouragement and your infectious love of music- you brought me out of my shell when I a little girl trying to make sense of the world. I am thrilled to see that you are still bringing music to kids! Bravo!
All the best,
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