As a musician, I take great interest in the studies showing that children who learn to play a musical instrument gain cognitive advantages. Their reading abilities are enhanced and they do better at math and science. My objective in having made this DVD is to introduce babies to the sounds of the orchestra. What better way to do that than to have orchestral instruments play babies' first songs, and youngsters' favorites - nursery rhymes! It's my hope that as children grow familiar with orchestral instruments, they will be inclined to learn to play them. Deborah and I wanted to make nursery rhyme videos that baby and Mom would both enjoy! 'Leslie Pearl's arrangements and production are spot-on and the illustrations by Deborah Gaffaney are splendid and reminiscent of 'Yellow Submarine.' Kids will love it, I did!" John Wood- Kidzmusic.com ARTIST BIOS This DVD is a collaboration between two artists who are accomplished in their respective fields. Leslie Pearl is a performing harpsichordist, and a Billboard Award winning Pop songwriter. She composes music for film and TV, and has penned a notable list of network jingles, including Folgers' The Best Part of Wakin' Up. Deborah Gaffaney, a graphic designer and illustrator, has worked on staff at publishing's most prestigious titles. A former Senior Designer at The New Yorker, she went on to spend eight years as an Art Director at Cond Nast Traveler. She currently divides her time between design projects, textile design, and illustration, including several children's books.