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Jack Hartmann

In 2010 The University of Florida presented Jack Hartmann with one of the most prestigious awards presented by the University, the Distinguished Alumnus Award. "It is in recognition of the honor and prestige you have brought your alma mater through your accomplishments and services."

Jack Hartmann M.A., BMI, is a nationally recognized children's singer, songwriter, author, keynote presenter and workshop leader.

Jack Hartmann received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Florida and his M.A. in Child Psychology from Assumption College in Worcester, M.A. He started his work with children's music working with autistic children at University of Florida Shands Teaching Hospital In Gainesville, Florida. As a counselor, social worker and trainer, Jack worked twenty-five years with children, families and human service professionals in Pinellas County, FL.

Jack has written and recorded over 700 songs for children on 26 albums. He has also written a wonderful sea-life counting picture book for children titled Over In The Ocean. His highly regarded educational songs are used by teachers and sung by children in schools all across the United States and around the world.

His wife Lisa, a kindergarten teacher for fifteen years was his motivation to write children's songs and now manages their successful children's music and book company, Hop 2 It Music and Press, Inc.

Jack and Lisa started Hop 2 It Music when Lisa was a kindergarten teacher in 1981. Jack wrote educational children's songs for her classroom and Lisa used the songs to enhance learning in language, reading, basic math, social skills and fitness. The songs were so successful that they decided to make Jack's first album, Let's Be Friends. Lisa used the songs in her Kindergarten class and found that her class began to easily memorize the nursery rhymes, letter sounds, vowel sounds, basic number skills and lots more.

Jack, Lisa and Hop 2 It Music focus mainly on curriculum - based educational music and cut no corners in quality.

So, more than 31 years later, Jack and Lisa and Hop 2 It Music are going strong creating, manufacturing and selling CD's, DVD's, books, charts all over the world.

With Lisa's educational guidance Jack writes approximately 50 new songs each year.

They have two grown children and three dogs and are happily married.