Just the other day my 2 year old daughter received a very special gift in the mail from Name Your Tune. The moment she heard her name coming from the speakers on her radio she was hooked. I think we’ve played this CD at least 25 times in the last 48 hours. Ellie’s name is a part of every song and is heard more than 80 times throughout the 14-song CD. The songs are familiar and favorite tunes for children, parents and grandparents and are a great way to learn and have fun together. The songs range from the action-filled Wheels on the Bus and If You’re Happy and You Know It, to a uniquely personalized Old MacDonald Had a Farm, and a ballad medley of ABC-Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star-BaBa Blacksheep.
Based in Toronto, Name Your Tune Inc., is proudly Canadian and is founded and managed by Creator and Executive Producer, Candace Alper. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Education from OISE/University of Toronto. She has been active with children and youth in her community through social programs, summer camps and trips abroad. This project has been a natural progression bringing together her love of music, arts, children and creativity. As mother to four-year old, Hannah, Candace appreciates the impact and joy of music in her child’s every day. It is her motivation, enthusiasm and vision that have driven this project from its conception through to the hands of each child.
In creating Name Your Tune, Candace was able to draw on experience with children and education to produce a product that stimulates children. The collection of songs promotes and encourages play, activity, interaction, learning and language development. Each song was selected for what it could bring out in children. Overall, what can also be said of Name Your Tune, is that it fosters positive self-esteem, as children feel so special to have a collection of songs “made just for them”. Name Your Tune is particularly great for babies and toddlers who will benefit from these developmental qualities as they learn about themselves and the world around them. Candace is an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Nominee and was voted into the top 3 Mompreneurs in Canada for the SavvyMom Mompreneur of the Year Award.
Co-founder Eric Alper has been active in the Canadian Music Industry for more than ten years. As Director of Media Relations and
Label Acquisitions for Koch Entertainment, Canada’s largest independent audio and video distributor, Eric brings a unique perspective to this music project. Recently, Eric was awarded “Publicist of the Year” by the Canadian music industry. Eric’s experience in marketing, publicity, distribution and event management contribute to the short and long-term vision of Name Your Tune Inc. Eric’s community ties include The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund, Artists Against Racism and Hear Here, an organization that he co-founded with his audiologists that is dedicated to raising funds to provide hearing aids for children through Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.
Name Your Tune is catching eyes (and ears) across North America and beyond. Name Your Tune was in the 2007 O Is For Oscar Gift Bags for celebrity parents, and other celebrities loving Name Your Tune include Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, Carnie Wilson, Adam Sandler, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling, Patrick Dempsey and many more. Name Your Tune has been seen on NBC’s Today Show, and featured on over 300 radio stations and in 40 newspapers and magazines across North America, including The Globe and Mail, Today’s Parent, Canadian Living (Editor’s Pick), Parents Magazine, People Magazine, Star Magazine, and Canadian Family. Name Your Tune was honored with an iParenting Media Award and a PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Media Award for Outstanding Product – the first personalized item ever to have been awarded this distinction.
In September 2007 – iParenting Award winner Name Your Tune (www.nameyourtune.com), the company that creates made-to-order personalized CDs for kids has gone green. In a move to become more eco-friendly, Name Your Tune has changed its packaging, chosen better shipping practices and worked to offset its production of CO2 emissions, among other environmentally-conscious actions.
Candace Alper, you are officially on my daughter hero list! I personally think this