About Us

About Us

macDr. Mac

Dr. Mac (aka Don MacMannis, Ph.D.) is a singer, songwriter and producer who specializes in creative projects for young children. He is music director and songwriter for the PBS hit series, Jay Jay the Jet Plane, and has won numerous awards for his songwriting and production talents. He has written and produced over a hundred songs.

Also a child and family psychologist, he is the Clinical Director of the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara. He is the co-author of the highly acclaimed book, How’s Your Family Really Doing?: 10 Keys to a Happy Loving Family. and Who’s the Boss? The Win-Win Way to Parent Your Defiant Strong-Willed Child. He has been a school consultant for the past twenty-five years and has taught courses in psychology at graduate and post-graduate levels. In high demand as a presenter on a variety of topics related to parenting, teaching, and social and emotional learning, he has been featured in national newspapers, magazines, radio programs, CNN, Time Magazine, Inside Edition, Time for Kids, AOL, and At Home-Live.

brianBrian Mann

Brian is a key player, songwriter and partner in these musical projects with Dr. Mac. A talented and accomplished composer, keyboardist, arranger and accordionist, he has been writing and performing music since 4 years of age.

Trained in classical music, he hit the road with Kenny Loggins, Michael MacDonald and many others in his twenties, and played on and arranged music for many gold and platinum records.

Through his partnerships with Dr. Mac and Craig Dobbin, he has also scored countless children’s shows, CDs and DVDs.

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Musicians:
Brian Mann, Dr. Mac, Craig Dobbin, Christopher Cross, Del Franklin, Mike Miller, Rob Meurer, Ron Cobb, David West, Tom Ball, Chas Thompson, Craig Wood, and Dan Zimmerman.

Adult singers:
Dr. Mac, Lois Mahalia, Eje Lynn-Jacobs, Red Steagall, Kirstin Candy, Michelle Lawyer, Sean MacMannis, Kathryn Ish, Leslie Lembo, Sean Thies, Randy Crenshaw, Brian Mann, and Kirk Taylor.

Child singers:
Avery Sorenson, Emma Steinkellner, Olivia Fanaro, Allison Lewis, Sam Kulchin. Briggs Boss, Anya Ruskin, Claudia Fanaro, Christian Hirsch, Patricia Westley, Addison Mills, Nya Burke, Alexandra Varner, Aaron Linker, Kelly Adams, Carlin Traxler, Kelci Hahn, Patrick McKenzie, Jeffrey Bell, Feliz Morelli, Elliot Crowe, Megan Unterman, Kendra Douglas, Sean MacMannis, Cree MacMannis, Ashley Morrison, Noah Gaines, Dan Silver, Ian Unterman, Matt Helman, Chloe Merrick, Tessa Miller, Christopher Cassriel, Ben Bishop, Bridget DeVine, Isael Negrete, Dana Halverson, Bella Sanford, Cole Evers, Holly Hadsall, Natalie Hawkins, Sean MacMannis, Allison Lewis, Jason Gonzalez, and Gabe Reali.

Letting children listen to songs for kids is a great way to help them develop the social and emotional skills they need to be happy. These songs for children are both entertaining and educational. There are also a number of musical activities for kids that can be paired with the songs, allowing children to sing, dance, and play along to the beat. We are proud to offer parents and educators a way to teach children ways to boost character, social and emotional skills in a fun, yet effective manner.

In total, there are over 40 songs for kids that have been divided over eight albums with different themes. With a positive message and catchy melody, our albums have won numerous awards, including recognition from The National Parenting Center.

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  • The music is so inviting and upbeat, kids may not notice it’s teaching them a thing or two as they bop to the beats.

     

    - Parenting Magazine


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  • Dr. Mac is a child psychologist, school consultant, lecturer, award-winning songwriter, and writer and director of music for the PBS hit, Jay Jay the Jet Plane.


  • Happy Kids Songs

    For kids 4-8 years of age

    Winner:

    •  iParenting Award
    • Teacher’s Choice Award
    • The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval
    •  and numerous other awards