Fan Buzz

Here’s what real people from all walks of life are saying about Doctor Noize.

Musical Recordings
Illustrated Books
Mobile Apps
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Online Videos
Solo Shows
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Theatrical Productions
Teaching & Learning
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Doc's Thoughts

  • Love your passion for teaching about music to the little ones.

    Liz Nyberg Northern CA Noizemaker & HR Director of the Los Altos Town Crier
  • Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony -- Best in Kids’ Music for 2016.

    Jennifer Swing Whistle Zing -- Finding Kids Music For Everyone
  • Thanks so much for your performance! I had a great time!

    Heather Kailey Arts/Volunteer Specialist, City of Thornton Funtaztikidz Series
  • how fantastic to see you and have you here in good ol' sun prairie.

    Adam Bock WI Noizemaker
  • It's a rough job, but somebody's gotta do it.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • Dr. Noize... you crazy cat! Thank you for the personalized Ballad of Phineas McBoof - (my daughter) LOVES it!!! I also appreciate all the Jazz references that you made, as that is my favorite music. Keep up the good work.

    Sinjin Smythe DJ, "The Jazz Kitchen," Radio Sausalito
  • I like your music and your books. Thanks!

    Gavin Student, Eagle Ridge Elementary School
  • Learning is awesome.  Kids are awesome.  And adults who learn like kids are awesome.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • Thanks for coming! I heard nothing but wonderful things about your performance.

    Hannah Lackoff George Reynolds/Meadows Branch Libraries Boulder, CO
  • "The linguistic insights are pure gold."

    Wired "The linguistic insights are pure gold."
  • Just saw (Grammaropolis)... It's so good! My favorite part is where the grandma gets rejected haha.. does this make me a bad person?

    (Name Withheld To Protect Her Reputation...) Botswana, Africa (seriously)
  • Grammar is often a subject that is taught purely through memorization of rules and drill and skill exercises. This makes it difficult for students to really understand grammar. Grammaropolis is an excellent solution to this problem.

    The Apple Grammar is often a subject that is taught purely through memorization of rules and drill and skill exercises. This makes it difficult for students to
  • I just have to say thaaaannnk you! I wish you could have seen the smile my son had on his face when I told him that you had made him the Noizemaker of the Month. And, when I read what you said in your blog --- it just made him smile bigger. I think it was a huge ego boost especially coming from Doctor Noize who is his favorite artist to listen to....we're still listening every day! So, I thought you might like to see how much my son has grown as a singer since that last video. He normally doesn't allow me to videotape as he prefers I watch and he will usually do 4 of your songs back to back doing all the instruments (kazoo, drums, guitar) himself depending on the song. But, on this occasion he had Dad play most of the instruments except the short stint of guitar playing (using his golf club). He really belts it out there. Take a look. Thanks for being such a wonderful influence on our budding musician.

    Teresa Taylor CO Noizemaker
  • My daughter was excited to get your email. She is now a big fan; she loves your CD and book too. Thanks a lot for doing the Kaia concert. It was really cool of you and fun and we'll all have a lot of good memories from that day. Calling Brian up to do the Beatles song was very touching as well.

    Melissa Northern CA Noizemaker
  • Doctor Noize developed his new opera, “Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony,” to appeal to children. His aim is to expose children to the “wonders of orchestral music and the fine arts.” Conductor Kyle Pickett will lead the Colorado Symphony Orchestra through recording, with opera singers Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard also committed to the project.

    Sophie Ho Los Altos Town Crier
  • Editor's Choice -- Recommended.

    Editorial Staff Kids/Family: Children’s Storytelling,
  • You had them in the palm of your hand.

    Steve Weeks Chart-Topping Children's Musician
  • The Orchestra… gives a soaring performance, and they’re more than matched by Grammy-garnering stars…  Cullinan, a former high-school music teacher, has sprinkled tantalizing tidbits about orchestration, instrumentation, and music history throughout his lively story.  Bravo, Doctor Noize!

    Lisa J. Curtis Brooklyn Family Magazine &
  • Every time I work with Cory Cullinan on a project, I expect to be entertained by a new and different musical vision. His ability to use music to enlighten the listener shows through in every one of his albums. It was particularly exciting to work with Dr. Noize and a studio-full of the most talented and enjoyable musicians, since everyone involved had so much fun while imparting their virtuosity to the project. We all learned something from Dr. Noize: it is possible to teach others about the music we love while entertaining them (and ourselves) at the same time. And no one left a mess on the floor...

    Jay Kadis Principal Recording Engineer & Lecturer, Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music & Acoustics
  • Along the way, creator Cory Cullinan embeds valuable information about orchestration, instrumentation, music history, Beethoven, sonata form, popular song structure, and more. It is all illustrated through the rich detail of the musical composition itself.  And, with repeated listening, the layers of fun with education will start to bring familiarity to the information shared.  As for how our family liked this CD, I was quite impressed with the blend of silly and educational. My 1st grader found it quite entertaining with all the silliness. And, he did remember a few facts after just a few times listening.

    Laura Day by Day in Our World — Learning & Embracing Life as a Family

Musical Recordings

  • I host the Kid's Show on KRFC once/month, your Phineas McBoof CD is fab...

    Lex Krausz KRFC FM Radio Host & School Librarian of Cache La Poudre Elementary, La Porte, CO
  • I do have to tell you how much of a positive impact you and your music have had on (my son). He knows every song word for word and we've listened to it every day in the car since we bought the CD. He sings your songs ALL the time.

    Teresa Taylor CO Noizemaker
  • My sons and I met you today at the Decker Library. We LOVED the show and are still listening to your cd... My family is very interested in coming to another one of your shows. Thank you for being so gracious with your time today!

    Pattie Kettle CO Noizemaker
  • Honorable Mention award: "Don't Be Silly," from Doctor Noize's The Ballad Of Phineas McBoof.

    International Song Competition West Coast Songwriters Association
  • The Adjective song is awesome! Lovely! Amazing!

    Sidney Grace Cullinan CO Noizemaker (rumor has it she's related to Dr. Noize...)
  • That was cool Great job!

    Zoetifex Online Noizemaker
  • Kick start the year with a few of lil's favorite finds... Got cabin fever? Get the kids in an outside state of mind with Doctor Noize's musical adventure. The Ballad of Phineas McBoof will entertain your tots with an imaginative excursion where they will encounter bass-playing hippopotamuses and yodeling lizards. "Mommy's Little Helper"
  • My kids love this song -- they can't stop singing it and I think they're actually learning the parts of speech! Yay!!!

    Catemma Online Noizemaker
  • Strong aesthetic, quick paced, catchy song.

    Chandromeda Online Noizemaker
  • Starting another day right with our morning ritual of our favorite Doctor Noize CD! If you have kids, I HIGHLY recommend it - my daughter, as well as my wife and I, are pretty much obsessed with Cory Cullinan's masterpiece, "The Return of Phineas McBoof."

    Ben Evans KY Noizemaker & YERT Director Voice of Bottomus The Hip Popotamus & Lenny Long Tail
  • It's always a treat when someone as appealingly childlike as Cory Cullinan (a.k.a. Doctor Noize, and the voice/musician behind musical monkey Phineas McBoof) puts together an album for children. There's a lot packed into this fifteen-track CD, a rock opera that follows the adventures of the eponymous monkey. What follows is a fun romp through various types of music (funk, jive, country, classical, futuristic) as Phineas puts together a band, one member at a time, featuring all four corners of the world: The International Band of Misunderstood Geniuses.

    Melissa Eva Miller, "for a new generation of parents"
  • *Amazing* for kids. Are you kidding!?! YES. He's phenomenal.

    Lori Henriques Award-Winning Children's Musician
  • Nick really likes Phineas McBoof and the music of Dr. Noize. When he sees a prop guitar... watch out! Near the end, you'll hear his favorite 4 year old backup singer join in on the fun.

    Erik Chen Northern CA Noizemaker Watch Nick rock out here!
  • Dang it! My son and I have been singing 'Buh-NAH-NUH, buh-NAH-NUH, buh-NAAAAH-NUUUUUUH...' all morning and now I can't get it out of my head...

    Suzanne Wells Southern CA Noizemaker
  • You're an inspiration, and I mean that very honestly. It's so awesome to see someone doing what they really want to do in life and succeeding at it.

    Kathy Gould CO Noizemaker
  • 5 out of 5 stars! This CD tells the story of a musical monkey on a quest to write the world's most perfectest song. As he travels he collects new members for his International Band of Misunderstood Geniuses. Song tracks alternate with narrative tracks. Tracks that stand on their own are numbers 3, 8 (an XM Kids #1 hit), 10, 12, and 14. But really you'll want to get the whole thing. Every moment of this CD is packed with music, interesting voices, sound effects, humor, and cultural references. You'll find something new to notice and appreciate even after 100 listens. The tunes are infectious and kids will love the wacky characters and situations.

    Lisa & Monty Harper Kids Music Planet (Hear the full podcast)
  • Thanks for a cool rock opera for the kids! It's going to sound awesome on the air!

    Mindy Thomas XM Kids Radio Program Director & Host (hear her interview with Doctor Noize here)
  • What's up Doc? I am not sure whether to thank you or curse you my daughter loves the Phineas McBoof CD but I can not get Banana and My Parents Think They're Very Important out of my head!!! All day and all night it's all I hear “ driving me crazy) It's like you were spying on us when you wrote My Parents. Seriously though, great CD. Lots of fun for her and us. I love the story line and I can't wait for the book and hopefully a DVD / cartoon...

    Chris Welborn Northern CA Noizemaker
  • Phineas McBoof, a rock star monkey and member of the touring Band of Misunderstood Geniuses, eventually finds the crowds too unwieldy, so he sneaks away. The other band members, including Backbone the Octopus, Bottomus the Hip Popotamus, Riley the Robot, Lenny Longtail, Sidney the Beak, the Ooh Gah Boo Gus monsters, Placido Flamingo, Luciano Frogerati, and Dr. Noize, go looking for him and find him conducting an orchestra. So the band members decide to join the orchestra as well. Phineas and the orchestra members have to overcome obstacles such as interfering parents and levitating instruments on their way to putting on their concert. This two-act musical comedy features Grammy-winning stage singers Isabel Leonard and Nathan Gunn, the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Colorado Children’s Chorale. Opera and show tunes dominate the musical styles. During the course of the story, the orchestra explores types of music from different eras: early (Gregorian chant), baroque (Bach), classical (Mozart), romantic (Chopin), and contemporary (jazz). They also play and discuss Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

    School Library Journal Beverly Wrigglesworth, San Antonio Public Library
  • Insanely good...and the good kind of insane!

    Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Grammy-nominated children's recording artist

Illustrated Books

  • Wish you could have seen the smile on Ethan's face when I surprised him with the Phineas book tonight. It was like Bono walked in the room or something. We read it before bed and he was in a trance. Congrats on such a great book - mad props to both you and Christian. I wanted to say that now before I feel differently after the 199th reading.

    Cory Fossum May 2008 Co-Noizemaker Of The Month
  • The new book is of course crazy fun. It's also great to have the revamped Ballad of. Fun to compare - we are split in our house as to which version rules. 😉

    Muffie Waterman Northern CA Noizemaker
  • The book really comes together, works great for our family. (Our son) laughs at the musical bottom every time... the one in your book that is.

    Craig Swanson Southern CA Noizemaker
  • You talented sweetie!! (The boys') Grandmother called last week from Washington. She emoted about the hit of their party...your books and thoughtful personalized inscriptions. They were thrilled and most impressed with your ingenuity. So much so she called from the car while going from one party venue to another. Thank you for giving them such a memorable memory and gift.

    Tammy Tossy Northern CA Noizemaker
  • Cullinan released his first book in January. Its plot mirrors the adventures of Phineas McBoof, which are chronicled on his debut album. The illustrations will be familiar to anyone who visits the Dr. Noize website or has flipped through the liner notes of the The Ballad of Phineas McBoof CD. As a new author, Cullinan has taken a unique approach to promotion. He plays an acoustic mini-show (as he did yesterday) at his “readings” and then engages the audience in a rewriting of its ending.

    Yoshi Kato San Jose Mercury News (read the full article)
  • During readings taken from his book (The Ballad Of Phineas McBoof), Cullinan performs songs and rewrites the ending with the audience by adding a new character playing a new musical instrument. Through all of his artistic endeavors, Cullinan delivers a pro-music message that is creative, educational and fun.

    Laurel Fishman (read the full article)
  • You are truly an inspiration to those who might get discouraged when dreams aren't instantly realized... just look where you are...

    Normajean Northern CA Noizemaker
  • My kids keep asking...why can't Dr. Noize come to visit??

    Liz Grossman MN Noizemaker
  • His two books – “The Ballad of Phineas McBoof” and “The Return of Phineas McBoof” – and CDs are jam-packed with crazy characters, including Phineas, a cheeky monkey. “It’s a story about McBoof – based on Paul McCartney – and his International Band of Misunderstood Geniuses,” said Cullinan from his home in Colorado, as his two daughters, Sidney Grace, 9, and Riley Max, 7, made noise in the background. “What the band has in common is their openness to trying all kinds of music.”

    Eren Göknar Los Altos Town Crier (read the full article)
  • I stumbled on your site because I was looking for books with the name Phineas in them as odd as that sounds. We are expecting our second boy and we plan to name him Phineas. Our older son Jack loves to read books with his name in them and I was just looking to see what was out there. To my suprise I came across Phineas McBoof and was quite amazed at what a great story it is and I listened to the music and loved it instantly. Now I can’t help but tell everyone about your books and music.

    Traci Online Noizemaker
  • We are still coming down from our Doctor Noize high after your program at the Lafayette Library yesterday. I know you made a lot of new "Phineas McBoof" fans after your having read the book and played the music. Not only was your enthusiasm contagious but it became quite evident you perform with a great deal of joy. It was my pleasure to have met you and I thank you on behalf of all of the children and parents who were lucky enough to be here yesterday.

    Donna Lenhardt Youth Services Librarian, Lafayette Library
  • My nephews in Tennessee LOVE the CD and the book.

    Carol Zink Northern CA Teacher
  • It's just so cool. This universe of Dr.Noize and his band of Misunderstood geniuses that you've created. You are one of a kind!! And so is your band of misunderstood genuises:) Have you thought of ever making a cartoon series out of them?

    Yasemin Kimyacioglu Turkish Noizemaker!!!
  • Dear Dr. Noize... Thank you so much for coming to my school for my birthday to share your new book and music with my kindergarten class. It really meant a lot to me that you could be part of my special day! My friends & I all went totally "Bananas" over "Phineas" & the "Bunch"! I hope you can come back to school again sometime soon.

    Nick Dobyns 5 Year Old CO Noizemaker (with help from his Mom...)
  • Thanks for the fun afternoon in Fort Collins!! Very entertaining. We love your book too, thanks for the autograph!

    Brad Loucks CO Noizemaker
  • I wanted to share a very sweet story with you about the impact your music/books had on my friend's daughters. Our dear friends have 2 beautiful daughters. They are 5 and 3. Well, when I brought your stuff over to them, the five-year-old had so much fun opening the gifts and looking through the books (the other was napping) -- she got to giggling so much, particularly because she loves animals and the pictures are so cool. Anyway, my friend texted me later that night to recount this sweet story. I guess at dinner they all go around and say what their favorite part of the day was. The girl announced that her favorite part of the day was hanging out together reading your books and giggling about your zany cast of characters. Apparently they insisted on multiple re-reads of the books that night. So, there you go, you touched two more little kidlets. Just beautiful.

    Katrina Southern CA Noizemaker
  • Great book! Very creative story that kids will absolutely love, especially if you also order the companion music CD that features all of the songs from the story.

    Dave Wooldridge CA Noizemaker
  • The Best Newsletter (Noizeletter) in Kids Music... I'm on a number of artist newsletters, obviously, but this one has a higher chuckle ratio than most.

    Stefan Shepherd Zooglobble & NPR "Kids music worth sharing"
  • I like your music and your books. Thanks!

    Gavin Student, Eagle Ridge Elementary School
  • Thank you so much for the book and cd for Jack. He LOVES them both!!

    Emily Eikelberner CO Noizemaker

Mobile Apps

  • No.  Better get the app.

    The Mayor Grammaropolis
  • Five stars. Fun game. Dr. Noize does it again! A great game to go with a great song.

    Jake the 4th Bananas iTunes review
  • Bright, cheerful, and very entertaining.

    Tech & Learning
  • Five stars. Bonkers over Bananas. My toddler loves "Nanas"! He may be developing an aversion to crabs.

    Hankasaurus Bananas iTunes review
  • Five stars. Addictive!! Very very fun!!

    Joseferret Bananas iTunes review
  • As original as children's entertainment gets...  The dialogue and interplay between the characters is charming and funny.  The story... also teaches listeners about the instruments.

    Jeff Bogle Out With The Kids
  • "The linguistic insights are pure gold."

    Wired "The linguistic insights are pure gold."
  • Just downloaded and played it with my son. Great app, congrats! Now I know how to read it.

    Jason Woo Northern CA Noizemaker
  • Addictive... I tried out a new game yesterday called Bananas. While it’s made for kids, I really liked the game and had a blast playing it. It’s great fun for kids (and adults).

    Jim Dalrymple The Loop
  • Punctuate This!

    Coert Voorhees Mayor of Grammaropolis
  • It’s a good week to be a monkey. That is, assuming your name is Phineas McBoof.  Dr. Noize’s hit iPhone app BANANAS has been updated to include Riley Robot.

    Jeff Bogle Out With The Kids
  • I have visited your site 568 times.

    Anonymous Noizemaker (but someone who really likes online games & videos...)
  • Five stars. Hard to put down, and still humming the tune. This is a really fun game for kids of all ages. Lots of fun to pick up and play but hard to master, so it keeps you coming back. The music is awesome and the game itself is visually appealing to look at. Highly recommend. You'll love it.

    Russell Nelson Bananas iTunes review
  • Five stars. My child loves the games as well as the music! Good time.

    Dubbud Bananas iTunes review
  • Five stars. Addictive fun! Excellent graphics and music - easy to learn and play but very challenging and addictive! Highly recommend."

    Jon Paulson Bananas iTunes review
  • Four stars. Fun! Playing this game may wear out my screen!

    Robotman2006 Bananas iTunes review

Clothing & Merch

  • I think everyone should have a Sidney The Beak T-Shirt.

    Doctor Noize's Daughter Sidney (who is totally unbiased on the subject...)
  • One of your most entertaining newsletters to date!

    Tina Aberg Northern CA Noizemaker
  • Noize Rocks!

    Darlene Franz WA Noizemaker
  • I love my Doctor Noize guitar pick chain. I can hardly wait to wear it to Doctor Noize and a U2 concerts!

    Carol Northern CA Noizemaker
  • What a wonderful path he has taken and the joy he brings to so many!

    Pam Pitts Northern CA Noizemaker
  • Your April Fools Wiggles prank was the greatest thing ever. You are awesome.

    Lance McDaniel OK Noizemaker
  • Those cookies are awesome! How exciting is that to have fans that crazy about you … ; )

    Phil Jensen Noizy Band Guitarist & Singer Extraordinaire

Online Videos

  • Cory Cullinan is all right I guess, but his children are genius. Check out the documentary his oldest made about the making of "Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony." Hang in there until the end...around 21:17 you'll hear my favorite moment of the recording, and hear the story about how it came to be. I can't get over how incredible this music is! And, I can't get over the orchestra...they hit it out of the park!

    Seth Killen "José The Ferret" on the Doctor Noize recordings
  • Just saw (Grammaropolis)... It's so good! My favorite part is where the grandma gets rejected haha.. does this make me a bad person?

    (Name Withheld To Protect Her Reputation...) Botswana, Africa (seriously)
  • Yesterday, or the day before, my son and I were talking about manners. I can't remember what led into it, but we were discussing how it was not polite to laugh at someone. Arjun then countered with "yes, but you can laugh at someone if they are doing funny things. Like Dr. Noize does funny things. You can laugh at him!" I don't even know where that came from... but I assured him that yes, it was OK to laugh at you... 😉 Keep laughing and inspiring others to do so...

    Kim Zabora WA Noizemaker
  • I just wandered by your site on a tip from a kind of mutual contact. I had a blast browsing around, listening to the music, and watching the videos. It was inspirational for me as a fellow artist. Congratulations on all your successes, and I wish you the best of luck in the future.

    Peter Apel Children's Musician & Recording Artist
  • Your grammar videos are SUPERBLY entertaining. Thanks.

    Kristina Ciminillo
  • Dr. Noize, the mad genius behind the rock-opera The Ballad of Phineas McBoof, breaks down the new single from version 2 of his debut album by talking about Vivaldi, syncopation, and ancient chord progressions.  He’s encouraged to dance like Justin Bieber, but he encourages us to listen to a wide range of musical genres.  This is pretty funny.

    Jeff Bogle Out With The Kids
  • I am super impressed. Really. Just stunned. Lisa Rothauser and I listened together and then watched the Making Of video with jaws dropped to the floor.

    Tor Hyams Grammy-nominated songwriter
  • You're a one of a kind person. You're a leader. I learned from you. Thanks again for presenting me with a challenge. It was a a blast, and we are going to put the computer on "stun" so we can pop out something as wonderful as all your voices and melodies and orchestral scores.

    Ed Gutentag Director, Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony Kickstarter Videos
  • Wow, like Schoolhouse Rock when I was a kid! This was great!

    Lisa Coppola Recording Artist
  • Cool.

  • I can tell you that I was so happy to be a part of your project. I think the world of you, and, at this stage of my career, I only want to work with people I respect and like. So let me thank you for the experience! I can't wait to hear all about this wonderful project. Again, I'm so happy to have met you. You really touched my life ~

    Jenny Zielon Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist "Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony" Mini Opera Video
  • Doctor Noize is a busy guy. Not only has he just released The Return of Phineas McBoof, his second album about the title character, and he coaches his daughters' soccer team, but on March 4, he's releasing Grammaropolis, an album about, ummmm... grammar? Yes, it's Jane Jacobs meets "Weird Al" Yankovic meets the inevitable Schoolhouse Rock reference. Except that, I think it's safe to say, none of those made Flock of Seagulls reference. OK, maybe Al.

    Stefan Shepherd Zooglobble & NPR "Kids music worth sharing"
  • Sweet! Good Job!... Hittin replay...Now!

    Rayzilla Online Noizemaker
  • Your videos are terrific.

    Barbara Maui, HI Noizemaker
  • I haven't had fun like today in a long time - it's SO good to be around adults who actually like to be goofy. I can't wait to keep working on this project - seriously... SO AMAZING what you are doing, the quality, fun and beauty of it is really inspiring.
    Thank you for that.

    Isabel Leonard Opera Mezzo-Soprano
  • Cute video...looks & sounds like a big hit.

    Melanie Rivera CO Noizemaker
  • Just watched the Making of... video for this project - Holy Guacamole! Flippin' amazing story, performances, mission, and result!!

    Allison Adams Tucker Jazz recording artist
  • Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!! This was the best 20 minutes that I spent this morning.... It is genius.

    Julia Sweeney IL Noizemaker
  • Just saw Grammaropolis video. Very cool!!! Love the part about gramma thinking it’s about her. Always a treat to hear what you’re up to Dr. Noize! Peace.

    Katie Brady the Music Lady Children's Recording Artist & Performer

Solo Shows

  • Award-winning Dr. Noize will take audience members on a musical adventure as he performs on multiple instruments, arranging and recording songs on the spot, inviting attendees onstage to contribute to the music. Doc has inspired enthusiastic audiences of all ages across the country with his totally innovative, interactive performance approach! His concerts are known for their crowd participation and wowza cool technology.

    Evy Schiffman Marketing & Communications Director Community School of Music & Arts (CSMA) at Finn Center
  • It is indeed a rare occasion that CRI and Denver Public Schools are so generously provided with assemblies. Your talent, professionalism and audience participation were excellent -- not to mention your ability to improvise with a power failure. We thank you so much for sharing your time and talents with Cowell Elementary.

    Mary Ann Mayo Community Resources, Inc.
  • I am such a believer in what you do for young people and believe we must have more of this kind of energy/creativity to make education relevant.

    Brenda Opine Northern CA Noizemaker
  • The Fort Collins Kiwanis Club would like to thank you so very much for the support that you gave us for our first ever "Wish Upon A Star" kids fair in Old Town... Spirits were high and those parents and kids who did join us enjoyed every minute. The children of Fort Collins are our Mission and we were there helping you nurture our kids and community. So here's a big Kiwanis "high five" and hope to work with you again next year.

    Donna K. Palmer Board Member Kiwanis Club of Fort Collins
  • We love having you entertain. Thanks so much!!

    Virginia Brace Arapahoe Library District
  • You were AMAZING!!! Thank you so much!

    Michelle Dujardin Recreation and Community Events Programmer City of Whitewater Parks and Recreation Department
  • I caught the tail end of his solo acoustic set yesterday at the Learning Game “educational superstore” in Cupertino and got to speak with him for considerably longer. The concert was markedly different from what I’d heard before; the lively conversation was not. Having only experienced the electronic one-man band version of Dr. Noize’s concert, I was glad to have caught him as an old school troubadour. Like Erasure (one of my favorite bands ever), Cullinan makes sure that the songs are fundamentally sound and don’t require electronic flourishes to mask any shortcomings in structure, development and lyrics.

    Yoshi Kato San Jose Mercury News (read the full article)
  • Thank you for your creative partnership with our fabulous conductor. I look forward to seeing what you both create next. I loved the children's concert this year!

    Ann Prater Director of Advancement, Chico State University
  • Thanks for the great show at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. It was my son's 4th birthday. He loved the show & listened to the CD the whole way home & then again at home.

    Edie Hirsch Northern CA Noizemaker
  • It was so great to see you! You and Andy Z were fantastic...I just got so much pleasure out of watching you guys rock out!

    Debra Massey Northern CA Noizemaker
  • I just told my son Rohan that your birthday was on Thursday and he replied, "I wanna go see Dr. Noize. I like him." Followed immediately by "I like Nemo" (he was playing with a Nemo toy at the time). Seriously, whenever your name comes up, he talks about what fun you were... 🙂 Also, one other anecdote you may find amusing... Rohan often requests we "play Dr. Noize" in the car and always insists on starting with "Banana." So, needless to say the tune is running through my head frequently. So, one day (can't remember what triggered it), I started singing "Obama, Obama, Obama" to the Banana tune and Rohan got quite upset, insisting that I "sing it the right way!!"

    Kim Zabora WA Noizemaker & Mom of the November Noizemaker Of The Month
  • Doctor Noize sings, plays multiple instruments, and uses electronic looping technology, all while inspiring kids to be musicians themselves.

    Lydia Rueger Colorado Parent Magazine
  • My daughter has really remembered the event and keeps saying "Phineas McBouf - that's funny!" and Bananas so we'll definitely be buying your album. I wish you could hear her inflection and see her glee when she says it. You're so talented and funny, you really still seem like a kid yourself.

    Gina Silverman Northern CA Voice & Music Teacher
  • you were awesome!

    Heather Dooley Northern CA Noizemaker
  • Thank you so much for coming back!!! Your show and energy is amazing. I would love to have you every summer, if possible. Good luck with your new adventures and I hope to continue having you visit Whitewater.

    Michelle Dujardin Recreation and Community Events Programmer City of Whitewater Parks and Recreation Department
  • At these imaginative events, kids get to explore their musical creativity as Cullinan performs music ranging from classical to funk and arranges and records an audience participation song. Kids go onstage to dance and contribute vocals, percussion and keyboard parts, and there are also improvised a capella pieces. Cullinan teaches elements of tempo, orchestration, lyrics and meter the latter through the audience counting seven beats per measure, then counting five, then shouting, "Don't Be Silly," the title of a song on his latest CD, The Ballad Of Phineas McBoof.

    Laurel Fishman (read the full article)
  • Awesome, stuff, Doc Noize!

    Katherine Dines Award Winning Children's Musician
  • Thank you for your time and talent here in Sitka. All were totally happy with the show. Cheers.

    Jeff Budd Arts Council, Sitka, AK
  • I'm an excited camper! I really have great admiration for what you do.

    Ray Kepler President Kiwanis Club of Fort Collins
  • A friend of mine went to your concert with Andy Z. last year and said it was great.

    Jennifer Schmid Northern CA Noizemaker

Symphony Shows

Theatrical Productions

  • Our goal at the Children’s Theatre is to present stories that engage our audiences.  We are honored to collaborate with a composer of Cullinan’s experience, imagination, and musical skill directing his talents toward fostering new work for young audiences.

    Judge Luckey Managing Artistic Director, Palo Alto Children's Theatre
  • So fun!  Can't wait!

    Marieke Gaboury Director of Theatre Operations, Palo Alto Children's Theatre
  • I enjoyed the show soooo much. I loved the Dr. Noize character. He reminded me of you!  Hmmmm.

    Kathy Bryant CA Noizemaker
  • Thank you so much for encouraging our kids! I do hear many great comments from the audience at the end of shows. One of our parents said you should get the shows to the stages in China! Yeah, I am sure the China parents and kids would love to greet Phineas McBoof and his folks! Thank you so much for your great contributions to the children around the globe!

    Ling Chen Parent of one of the child stars onstage in "The Ballad of Phineas McBoof"
  • If you have been cajoling your kids into liking Beethoven and Mozart, coaxing them into practicing piano and/or violin, but all they want are Pokémon-go or Minecraft, then please take your kids to the Doctor Noize musical "The Ballad of Phineas McBoof." Cory Cullinan, a.k.a. Doctor Noize, is a Stanford-educated music major and a father of two daughters, but his dream has been to share his love for music with the kids. Commissioned by the Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Doctor Noize adapted his Phineas McBoof books and album into a new musical. Don't miss this very special show!

    Ling Chen Chinese-language blogger in Silicon Valley

Teaching & Learning

  • As always you do the most fun and outrageously wonderful projects. This is exactly what you should be doing my friend! Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony is going to be a beautiful addition to the world.

    Katie Brady the Music Lady Children's Musician & Recording Artist
  • I am a high school English teacher in a small coastal town called Bunbury, in Western Australia. I have been trying to make grammar interesting for my class of Year 9 students who are classified as 'at risk' because of low literacy skills. They are absolutely fantastic students who make my days funny, interesting and sometimes challenging. Lucky for them (and me) I love what I do. I came across your fabulous Grammaropolis YouTube productions and have ordered the CD. I can't wait to introduce it to my students. I love your work and what you are doing to help kids.

    Gwen Stapleton English Department Newton Moore Senior High School Bunbury, Western Australia
  • We randomly fell in line with Dr. Noize several years back at one of the shows on the Penninsula, and made it to several shows thereafter. You also did a fundraiser for a dear friend of mine's daughter - Kaia Emery. I've enjoyed following your success as you take over the world - ah, move into the digital domain. We're enjoying the new songs, and your unique crazy brand of awesome music ed. Peace.

    Muffie Waterman Northern CA Noizemaker
  • Dr. Noize – Are you a real Dr? And if so, what kind of doctor are you? Lenny Long Tail – Phineas says you were fiddling a really old kind of violin when he first met you. What’s the difference between a fiddle and violin?

    Benton Word TX Noizemaker (in a note to Dr. Noize)
  • Thank you for coming to the school for teaching us how to record a song. I hope you become your dream. Sincerely, Dennis.

    Dennis Student, Eagle Ridge Elementary School
  • Thank you -- I loved the presentation you gave yesterday.

    Noah Student, Eagle Ridge Elementary School
  • Well... 500 kids under the age of 10, 30 members of the North State Symphony and all their instruments, Dr. Noize, and me in a shark hat...all in a hot, sticky gym... still buzzing!!! Did I dream that? No words can thank you enough.. all of you! Kyle W. Pickett, and all of the players... great day!

    Abbie Ehorn Music Teacher, Evergreen Elementary School
  • Thank you for coming to our class to teach about music.

    Previn Student, Eagle Ridge Elementary School
  • Thank you for coming!!! Hope you have a great time writing your songs!

    Dawson Student, Eagle Ridge Elementary School
  • One of my children’s music heroes, Dr. Noize - a talented children’s musician, composer, and CEO of Doctor Noize Inc. (Whew!). He is passionate about bringing sophisticated music to kids that will inspire kids to stretch their minds and explore. A keen observation from his page: “Today's culture promotes increasingly short-attention-span multimedia to a generation who'll grow up to face increasingly sophisticated challenges.”

    Peter Apel Children's Recording Artist & Magician
  • Your program and visit last spring was fabulous! I am ready to go to work on anything that would support your program and the success of my students' involvement. I can't wait to work with you again!

    Tom Burkett Music Teacher Extraordinaire Redding School Of The Arts
  • Thank you for making a song with us it was really funny somtimes because you made me laugh and was very fun.

    Emilee Student, Eagle Ridge Elementary School
  • THANK YOU for all you did to provide the Pinewood Singers with such an amazing performance “road trip”!!! Christopher had a fabulous time! He told me that the singing — the performances, the preparation, the bus trips, the group time….all that was even more fun than Disneyland (which, of course was a great time, too!) He loves being part of this group. Honestly, I think if you wanted him to dress in leiderhosen and yodel, you could probably get him to do that, too….!!! You have an amazing gift for connecting with these teenagers, and we are SO lucky to have you in their school lives. Thank you, thank you, and CONGRATULATIONS on the awards as well!!

    Jeannette Beeger Mother of Doctor Noize's former high school student
  • Thank you so much for coming to my class for a songwriting workshop! I really loved it! It was fun when you made Ms. Tait laugh. I also loved the song! Thanks again! Do you like my cursive?

    Sidney Student, Eagle Ridge Elementary School
  • You are so good at music. I like your name (Dr. Noise). Thanks for helping our class, I love our song we made. I have never made a song before. This time it was so fun.

    Anna Student, Eagle Ridge Elementary School
  • Last week my small elementary school in San Bruno, California had the rich experience of a Dr. Noize assembly. From the onset of the program to its conclusion the students were engaged, delighted, and involved. Cory displays a high level of spirit, energy, and gregariousness that is highly infectious. It is one week later and the students continue to ask when Dr. Noize will return.

    Skip Johnson Principal, El Crystal Elementary School (read the complete letter)
  • I wanted to tell you what an excellent job you did on the concert with the Lone Tree Symphony. I was amazed at how quickly the kids picked up on your classical music lesson and loved it as well. Coordination with the symphony was delightful, especially how they all played along with the work. Never forget Conductor Jacinda Bouton with a pink tail. I have talked about the performance in several groups and in fact briefed Council the next week. They were amazed when I mentioned how the symphony players stood up and down to your musical arrangements. You are doing tremendous work and I wish you continued success for the lessons you are teaching.

    Susan Squyer Lone Tree City Council
  • The symphony with Dr. Noize was AWESOME! I do hope you bring him back.The kids had the best time, were very engaged, and all wanted to go to the evening concert.I do hope this wonderful musician can return to Juneau!

    JoAnn Jones 4th & 5th Grade Teacher, Auke Bay Elementary School Auke Bay, AK
  • It was truly a treat to have a musician and entertainer of your caliber to Evergreen Middle School. Thank you for sharing your love for music and inspirational spirit with our students and staff. I hope we have another Noize experience in the future.

    Felicia Ross Principal, Evergreen Middle School
  • That was the greatest manipulation I have ever seen. Kids walked in not caring about classical music, and walked out thinking that anyone who thinks kids can't handle classical music is uncool.

    Northern CA Noizemaker On the symphony premiere of "Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony"

Giving Back

  • Hubboy... (tears streaming down my face) the video of Kaia's Song made my day as I was lying here feeling sorry for myself and wishing my sore throat would go away and bug someone else. Then Doctor Noize made his 'wake-up, you dummy, and thank the heavens above that all you have is a goofy cold today' house-call. Thank you, thank you for that. You are such inspiration... truly.

    Dida Gazoli Northern CA Noizemaker
  • I've had really positive feedback from people who attended. Some are still emotional about the "Kaia" song and Brian's duet with you. Very poignant. And really a great touchstone to remember this community of support that is there for them. Cory, you are an excellent performer. It was a privilege to hear your work 2x over the weekend. Here's what a mom wrote to me, "Dr. Noize is so good and creative that Cassidy still remembers how he sings. She's been making those funny songs and sounds to me since yesterday." Gotta love it.

    Debbie Stauffer Leader of Las Madres & Co-Organizer of the Benefit Concert For Kaia Emery
  • How was it that this man had a literally boundless store of energy and good humor?

    Doris Huang (read the full article) Pinewood School & Harvard graduate
  • What a tremendous opportunity for our students to experience your creativity and musical talents! Plasencia Elementary School and Magnet currently serves about 900 students, many of whom are low income and minority children from the surrounding neighborhoods of Echo Park, Temple/Beaudry, Silverlake, and Koreatown.  As with many LAUSD schools, Plasencia Elementary School and Math-Science Magnet have very limited funds for enrichment programs. Thank you, again!

    Vickie Mendoza Board Member, Plasencia Elementary School and Math-Science Magnet
  • I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you for giving such a great show. In total we managed to raise HK$13,790 (US $1,768) for "Bring Me A Book" which is fantastic plus the feedback from parents (and children alike) has been wonderful and very positive indeed. In fact, everyone wants to know when you’ll be back to do another show!

    Jane Archibald Director, Kids Gallery Hong Kong
  • You guys rock! Thank you mucho for donating back to Pinewood and helping us finally get Middle Campus renovated. We love your music!

    Michele Isaac Teacher, Pinewood School
  • A big thank you to Dr. Noize... He gave a wonderful book reading and music performance for the kids. We had lots of fun dancing and laughing.

    Stephanie Leeper Teacher, Eagle Ridge Elementary School
  • Thank you to everyone involved for the wonderful Dr. Noize show last week to benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Everyone had such a great time and when it was all said and done, the Food Bank has an additional $715 to feed the hungry in our community. This translated into 2,860 meals, which is a very significant contribution in the fight against hunger.

    Jocelyn Lantrip Public Relations Officer, Food Bank of Northern Nevada
  • Wow! What a great show. My kids were thrilled.

    Molli McIlvaine Southern CA Noizemaker
  • You are an extremely busy person so I feel so blessed that you are willing to do this concert for us. We are confident it will be a great night! We are all so excited! With the money raised, we plan on splitting the proceeds for both Treyton's and Connor's memorial projects. In Treyton's name, we are fundraising to build a baseball field in Whitewater which will be called Treyton's Field of Dreams. Connor's memorial will be a playground in Jefferson. Thanks again for all that you are doing!

    Amie Alvarado Organizer, Concert For Treyton's Field Of Dreams & Connor's Playground
  • Wow, what a great show!  I love the interactivity, the demonstration of tech choices/uses, the upbeat pace, the musicality... I'm sure you've heard all of that before...

    Kiffen Madden-Lunsford Teacher, Plasencia Elementary School and Math-Science Magnet
  • Everyone had a great time and we raised $740 for Treyton's Field Of Dreams & Connor's playground!

    Amie Alvarado Organizer, Concert For Treyton's Field Of Dreams & Connor's Playground
  • Thank you so much for being our Featured Speaker at Mardi Gras Night. We raised over $100,000 in one night for Bay Area school music programs! And, my dear, you played a huge role in that success. You now have an army of new fans. You were so inspiring, dynamic, funny, and got folks so jazzed about music. You are the MFM poster child and embody the fact our mission works!

    Sonja Palmer Executive Director, Music For Minors
  • We raised over $3,800 at the Benefit Concert for Kaia Emery, a wonderful girl who's mom recently passed away. Kaia is June's Noizemaker Of The Month! Watch the video of Kaia's Song, improvised with a packed audience of Geniuses at my alma mater Stanford.

    Doctor Noize After our first big Giving Back Show
  • Thank you very much for coming out to Somersett and helping out the Food Bank of Northern Nevada!

    Brinn Willmer Assistant Activities Coordinator, The Club at Town Center ~ Somersett
  • Children's artist Cory Cullinan (aka Doctor Noize) has pledged to identify one monthly performance from his interactive, educational musical experience for children as a charitable Doctor Noize Giving Back show. The idea evolved from a recent Mothers Day benefit concert Cullinan organized in Palo Alto, Calif., to raise funds for a 3-year-old who lost her mother.

    Laurel Fishman (read the full article)
  • The concert on Sunday for Kaia Emery was a huge success. We had more than 250 people come, the kids had a great time, Kaia really seemed to enjoy herself, and the community raised a significant amount of money for her future.

    Dan Gilbert Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning & Co-Organizer of the Benefit Concert For Kaia Emery
  • i was just looking through your website again... and watched the video of the kaia song that you did at the show. i'm not sure i ever told you properly how amazing that was. i know it was a little overwhelming for kaia but i think she enjoyed it too. but maybe more significantly, it was a really amazing way to get all those people to express their love for her. it was a really cool thing to be a part of aside from the fact that i am her dad. being her dad too, very cool. so anyway, thanks again for that. the show was great, of course, but that little impromptu bit for her specifically was above and beyond.

    Brian Emery Father of Kaia Emery & Noizemaker Of The Month
  • Thank you for your kindness in sharing your talents and gifts in honor of our son. It was a wonderful event. Thank you!

    The Kilar Family Parents of Treyton Michael Kilar Founders of Treyton's Field Of Dreams

Doc's Thoughts

  • I hope you enjoy reading this book to your kids as much as I enjoyed writing it for mine.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • Orchestral music is the most adventurous and colorful music in the world.  Kids and newcomers are the most adventurous and colorful audience in the world, because their minds are not yet made up.  As young fine arts audiences in the digital age are increasingly elusive, it’s imperative that those of us who want to preserve the art form we love design and perform symphony shows that specifically appeal to new audiences.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • I wrote and recorded The Ballad of Phineas McBoof when I was a high school music teacher, documentary film composer, and new parent.  Basically, I wrote what I’d want to listen to with my own kids.  To my great delight, other parents, educators and kids agreed with me.  And thus Doctor Noize was born.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • This book is bananas!

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • As my own kids have become increasingly involved in musical theatre productions, I've become more fascinated with bringing my works theatrically to the stage.  It allows me to connect with my past as a teacher and Music Director for shows like Into The Woods.  Musical theatre is a wonderful creative outlet for kids to perform and watch alike, and a delightful medium to write and compose for.  It feels like coming home.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • The first thing I completed as Doctor Noize wasn’t a recording or a live concert.  It was the story and text of the rhyming odyssey poem whose two Acts became the first two Doctor Noize books and albums.  It all starts with the story and characters.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • Let’s make a positive impact together.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • Learning is awesome.  Kids are awesome.  And adults who learn like kids are awesome.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • I like smart.  I like smart a lot. And you're smart.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • It’s imperative that we reteach our culture to be curious and intellectual.  As a lifelong student and teacher — and a parent and children’s musician in the modern technology age — I consider it my duty to impart a love of learning and the joy of building a sophisticated intellect to the next generation.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • As our technology develops at a rapid pace, our intellectual focus level and moral development — why we do what we do — is at greater and greater risk.  Purpose matters.  Sophistication matters.  Let’s make sure we don’t flip our internal processors off every time we switch our external processors on.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • I truly appreciate everyone who shares their thoughts and experiences about Doctor Noize, and I personally read every post and contact we receive.  I couldn't do this without you.  PS Everyone quoted here is 100% insane.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • Thank you for helping us bring sophisticated family fare to the world's most important audience -- kids.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony was intentionally created as a complete work of musical theatre — no shortcuts — with highly sophisticated and challenging music.  Kids have the most fun and gain the most pride, satisfaction, and confidence when they’re reaching for things that cause them to stretch and learn.  So we’ve made an album that’s funny and fun and dramatic and sad and happy and crazy and colorful, in ways that only authentic orchestral music and musical theatre can be.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • You Mayor!  Here be some badly grammar too drive you crazy.  You dig?

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • What they said. (And this is in fact the post content.)

    Doctor Noize (post title) The organization, source, etc. (And this—if you really want to know—is the excerpt.)
  • In the electronic media age, mastery of the written word is an increasingly rare skill.  I’m thrilled to team with acclaimed young adult author Coert Voorhees — Mayor Of Grammaropolis — to produce a musical for all ages celebrating the power of words on equal footing with the power of music.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • This app is gonna be amazing.  This app is gonna be amazing?  This app is gonna be amazing!

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • It's a rough job, but somebody's gotta do it.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • Show 'em your character.  And show 'em you're in The International Band Of Misunderstood Geniuses.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.


Doctor Noize truly appreciates everyone quoted here who's taken the time to share their thoughts and experiences.  The Doc personally reads every post, email and letter to him, and often answers back to kids who contact.  We couldn't do this without you!