Gregg LeRock

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Gregg LeRock

"There is nobody who comes close to Gregg LeRock's level of professionalism. His lyrics address curriculum requirements, his music is hip, and his concerts are remarkably entertaining. Gregg does more to change kids' attitudes toward French in an hour than you could possibly imagine. The kids appreciate not only that he is 'a wicked guitar player' but that he chooses to sing in French. They just can't stop singing his songs!" - Shawna Larkey, FSL teacher, Simcoe County District School Board

Gregg LeRock considers himself a pretty lucky guy. "I've got the best job I could ask for: I get to teach my favourite subject while singing, playing an electric guitar, grooving to funky beats, and jumping around like a madman!"

An Honours List graduate of the University of Ottawa's distinguished Lettres Françaises faculty, Gregg has managed to combine his three loves - teaching French, writing songs and performing for kids - into a single career. Upon completing his post-secondary French studies, Gregg began teaching French and grammar through non-traditional channels: "I wanted to teach and inspire kids primarily through music - in particular, through music that's a little 'hipper' than what people usually envision when they think of kids' music, which is primarily folk-based. I've always written in diverse musical styles. My music ranges from pop to rock to hip-hop to Cajun to R&B to reggae to blues. Kids love variety, and they respond best to upbeat songs with catchy melodies and funky grooves."

Asked whether he considers himself more of an educator or a musician, Gregg responds: "I think I'm both, in equal measure. French consultants, teachers and the folks from organizations such as Canadian Parents for French like what I do because it's all curriculum-related; kids like it because, in their words, 'It rocks!!!'"

In addition to releasing three best-selling CDs ("Encore", "Vive LeRock" and "Lunettes de Soleil") and performing for hundreds of thousands of students, Gregg has penned dozens of songs for Canada’s top educational publishers; his songs are featured in numerous French textbooks (“Visages”, “Images”, “Destinations” and “Acti-Vie”) and are sung in classrooms from coast to coast. "I write 'songs to order' for the educational publishers; they send me a list of vocabulary, grammatical constructions and verb tenses ... and I write a song that makes them easy to learn - and sing - in the musical style that I think best suits the subject."

Gregg's high-energy concerts feature pop, reggae, hip-hop, folk, blues and Cajun styles, guaranteed to get every kid shakin’ and singin’ … all in French! "My philosophy is that the best way to teach kids is to teach them without them knowing they're being taught and to make French 'cool'. Throwing in a little rock 'n' roll always helps!"