Bob McGrath (Bob) is an original cast member and is in his 43rd year as “Bob” on Sesame Street. An accomplished singer with seven children’s albums to his credit, he performs family pop concerts and has appeared with more than 100 symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.
McGrath has authored eight books including Uh Oh! Gotta Go! (on potty training) and Oops! Excuse Me Please! (on manners). He co-authored an educational music curriculum book for Alfred Publishing Co., called Music For Fun!, used by teachers from kindergarten to second grade. His Rhythm Band Set produced by Rhythm Band Instruments is a Parents’ Choice Award winner. He also has a DVD called Ringleader with Rhythm Ban Instruments for young handbell ringers. McGrath co-authored Curriculum Connections with Educational Activities, Inc., a professional development video and CD for teachers of pre-K and first grade which uses music to develop literacy skills. He has a recording company called Bob’s Kids Music, which encompasses his seven albums. The Baby Record and Sing Me a Story both won Parents’ Choice Awards and The Children’s Music Web Award in 2002. McGrath recently released his seventh CD, Christmas Sing Along. During his career, McGrath has performed and recorded with Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, the Robert Shaw Chorale, Fred Waring and Pablo Casals. McGrath was the featured male soloist in NBC’s Sing Along With Mitch for four years, and was a Japanese teen sensation known as “Bobu Magulas” for three years and nine tours prior to Sesame Street.
Over the past seven years, McGrath has been invited numerous times by the National Association for the Education of Young Children to present both motivational keynote addresses and workshops for thousands of early childhood educators. McGrath has been a strong proponent of keeping music and the arts alive in the classroom as an essential part of a child’s education.