The art of storytelling comes naturally to musician/author/storyteller Johnny Cuomo. Collecting stories from his travels and interests, Johnny combines these with his musical talents to unfold tales of nature, birds, animals and stories from near and afar.
As a volunteer teacher on the Barona and Viejas Indian Reservations in California, Johnny developed a special connection with the Native American culture, which has enriched his abilities as a storyteller of Indian tales. While living and attending school in Ireland, Johnny learned ﬁrst hand about the Irish culture and music, which sent him on a path to forming his own traditional Irish band, Gallowglass, performing all over the US and abroad.
Johnny has been sharing folk tales with children and adults of all ages in schools, libraries, museums, hospitals, nature centers and numerous other venues for over 15years. Working diligently to bring his love of music and storytelling to the classroom on a daily basis, Johnny teaches his own Pre-school Music Education Program; Therapeutic Music Appreciation for children with special needs; Cultural Arts programming through BOCES Arts and Education Program in elementary schools all over the Long Island/New York area; and a before and after school programs for SCOPE on Long Island. Working in conjunction with his local school district, he has created and taught his own Summer Enrichment Program to foster an appreciation for folk tales and storytelling in the community’s young children.
Johnny is the proud author of his ﬁrst children’s book, MOON-GLOW, and a children’s album of music and stories entitled STORYSONGS. He holds a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University and a B.A. in Elementary Education and History from Dowling College.