Arts based environmental
education for children


This unique interactive musical program provides educational entertainment based on the concerns of your community.

Focusing on a variety of environmental issues, Earthtunes encourages audiences to participate in the music and other fun engaging activities!

Earthtunes inspires children and adults to take an active role in caring for their environment.




Photos by: Magee McIlvaine

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Earthtunes was created by Barbara Herson in 1979.

The program combines her commitment to the environment, and her musical talents which include guitar, viola, folk singing and songwriting. 

Barbara is affiliated with the Newton Solid Waste Commission, Newton’s Household Hazardous Waste Committee, the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society, the Newton League of Women Voters and Newton’s Recycling And Compost Committee.

She is currently co-president of the Newton Green Decade Coalition and has organized many EarthDay festivities.  

Earhttunes features a rotating roster of the areas most talented and entertaining musicians. Including…

Steve Mayone plays the guitar and mandolin and has performed with Earthtunes for twenty years. He attended Berklee College of Music and is a sound engineer. He is also a songwriter and private guitar teacher.



Earthtunes workshops provide a hands-on, small group (50 participants maximum) intensive environmental education experience. Workshops inspire creativity through music, poetry, skits and puppetry.

The week-long program can culminate in a student performance for the entire school.

Curriculum materials including books, tapes, slides and songbooks are available with the program. Educator Workshops are also offered for teachers and camp counselors.

Funding for workshops and concerts may be available through a grant from The Massachusetts Cultural Council call (617) 727-3668

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