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  • Agenda Recommends --> This enormously silly CD is perfect for little ones... But it's also educational! Like Peter and the Wolf but more fun, this wildly danceable story-album introduces kids to musical instruments, styles, and composition.

    New York Entertainment Agenda Vulture nymag.com
  • You are amazing... keep up the wonderful work!

    Tom Burkett Music Teacher Extraordinaire Redding School Of The Arts
  • A heck of an experience! What a show!

    Chris Johnson CO 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
  • Several kids at our house just listened to and watched the Grammaropolis video. They loved it so much, we listened to it three more times! Every child listened in wrapped attention with beaming smiles... As a parent, I love the painless education that comes for visually delightful and musically intriguing videos. What a crowd pleaser!

    Kathy Merchant Northern CA 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
  • Just wanted to let you know how much we all enjoyed your show. My daughter loved being on stage and her favorite dance was the robot. Dr. Noize really knows how to put on an awesome show.

    Melanie Rivera CO Noizemaker
  • Thank you for coming to our school and helping us wright a song and the lirics.

    Aidan Student, Eagle Ridge Elementary School
  • Dear Doctor Noize... Thank you for performing. I really enjoyed you singing the banana song the best. I listen to your songs every day and know most of the words. I look forward to hearing you play again.

    Seth CO 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
  • I just toured your website and WOW! How very cool! I have lots of good friends with kids that have to hear your stuff (if they haven't already), they will LOVE it. And also, you sound GREAT! You still have those amazing pipes!! Isn't it every kid's dream to have Doctor Noize as their father?

    Matthew Francis Acclaimed stage writer/actor
  • Your show was awesome! It was the first time (my kids) have seen a performance of any sort. They were totally mesmerized and loved it -- hopefully you'll return to the Bay Area for many future shows...

    Michelle Friedland Northern CA Noizemaker
  • Five stars. Addictive!! Very very fun!!

    Joseferret Bananas iTunes review
  • 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
  • Five stars. Fun game. Dr. Noize does it again! A great game to go with a great song.

    Jake the 4th Bananas iTunes review
  • 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.
  • Just wanted to let you (and Andy Z) know how much we all enjoyed your combined show in Los Altos. While I loved your music, interaction, comedy, harmonies, etc, the real joy as a father is to see your own kids with big smiles on their faces. Good job! Cory, I know it doesn't have to do with the music (which is awesome), but you should know your version of "falling down and ending up with your feet in the air" got a good response every time.

    Peter Apel Award-Winning Children's Recording Artist
  • 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
  • Five stars. My child loves the games as well as the music! Good time.

    Dubbud Bananas iTunes review
  • I enjoyed playing a symphony kid's concert today that included the conductor ripping his pants off, opera songs about bananas, 30 second excerpts from Rite of Spring, and improvising in F-sharp minor. And they call this work?

    Dwayne Corbin Percussionist North State Symphony On the Doctor Noize & North State Symphony showz

Musical Recordings

  • My son cannot get enough of the book, The Ballad Of Phineas McBoof... as well as its companion CD. Through the crazy adventures of Phineas the rock star monkey and his International Band of Misunderstood Geniuses, he's able to discover the wonder and joy of making music with friends. The story is fun to read. The illustrations are wonderful. And the music is a treat for both of us.

    Cory Fossum Bay Area Parent Magazine
  • OMG! This is the best thing I have ever come across. Thanks a lot, Grammaropolis.

    Curtis Drums
  • My favorite children's musician! Can't stop singing it myself! My extremely active 4 year old has spent the last couple weeks sitting (ok, many times dancing) in his room listening to this album. Now I can't stop singing the songs. They are so catchy & enjoyable. I find myself taking it in the car for my son, but also so I can hear the story myself. I can't believe how attentive my very inattentive son can be when listening to this CD. Thrilled we found this & have been recommending it to all our friends...

    Lynn Hyland Noizemaker
  • We bought the CD and drove 2 hrs to my brother's house on Whidbey Island sat for my nephew's birthday listening to the CD over and over.. and over again. I've heard the banana song about 20 times now. I'm pretty sure I've got the words down to that one.

    Anonymous WA Noizemaker
  • Our grammar is worse than it has ever been and many of us are concerned that we are dumbing ourselves down with each innovation in technology. Fortunately, if you seek it, you can find it. This vocabulary-rich and easy to follow story is cute and clever. Each part of speech has a song and musical style. My children absolutely gobbled up the book and music; whereas many teaching tools tend to be girl-centric this is something that appeals to both genders. Perfect for home, school, and homeschool environments, Grammaropolis is just what I was looking for when I was teaching and I'm excited to have it for my own children's use. Visually designed to keep young children engaged, with energetic music to boot, kids will connect and have fun learning. It's clever enough that adults could benefit from a refresher course as well. After a couple of sessions with Grammaropolis the whole family will be ready for the next episode of family Mad Libs.

    Heather Phillips Cherry Blossoms
  • We just found time to really sit down and listen to "The Ballad of Phineas McBoof" and it is pure genius!! I love this! Your live solo shows are great, but the attention to detail and the broad instrumentation on this is fantastic! Wow!

    Brad Loucks Audio Engineer & CO Noizemaker
  • We've been listening to Dr. Noize a lot. My son loves the Banana song.

    Kyle Wiley Pickett Conductor of the Juneau Symphony & North State Symphony
  • Love the CD's and Book!!! Congrats on the new additions to the repertoire.

    Sonja Palmer Executive Director, Music For Minors
  • My kids listened to the noun town song all summer long. My 2 year old in particular liked to turn it on really loud from my phone app when we were at the grocery store, or church, or standing in line at the post office.
    A couple days ago I asked my second grader what she learned in school that day, and her whole face lit up when she replied, “we learned about nouns! My teacher asked us what a noun was and I told her a person, place or thing.” And for the record, I had no idea what an abstract noun was until I heard the song.

    Melissa Buecher CO Noizemaker
  • FYI - Our son is shooting for the world record for most consecutive listens of "Banana."

    Martin Herz CO Noizemaker
  • Yay! When are you coming to Cincinnati? My niece will be thrilled. Don’t tell her, but she’s getting your CD for her birthday...

    Alex Sale OH Noizemaker
  • Join Doctor Noize and a pantheon of musical talent for one of the most imaginative family music releases you’ll ever hear.

    ThePokeyPup.com “Hip Stuff For Cool Kids (And Their Parents)”
  • "It’s the album… that is delighting our seven-year-old most right now. The good Doctor proves quickly to be a master... an alarmingly accomplished musician playing nearly every instrument you hear. Most of all, though, both the Doctor and the Mayor are funny, which is really what makes the album irresistible to kids. And that, in turn, lets all the grammar lessons the songs are really about just seep in without really even feeling like learning. It’s remarkably effective."

    Myles McDonnell You Know, For Kids (Read the full review)
  • This truly imaginative project offers more than just fun music. Young listeners are treated to an interwoven story between tunes about a guitar-playing monkey named Phineas McBoof and his travels around the globe putting together the wildest band imaginable. With friends like Backbone the Octopus (the eight-legged drummer), the bass-playing Bottomus the Hip Hippopotomus, a yodeling lizard and even a robot, little tikes are sure to sing along with the catchy tunes. A particular nod goes to opera star Nathan Gunn performing the role of Placido Flamingo. Chris Isaak's guitarist, Hershel Yatovitz, lends his six-string skills as well. Pack your bananas and enjoy the ride!

    Chad Young Nashville Parent & ParentWorld.com
  • Grammaropolis is a clever and enjoyable way of learning grammar. Hard to believe, but it actually can make it fun for both students and parents of students studying grammar! I learned some things starting with the very first song, even though it is targeted to grades 2 - 8; my guess is that anyone much younger AND much older than that could absorb and learn from this. Grammar is such a tough thing to learn / teach, and especially remember, that Grammaropolis in general (website, stories, etc.) and the songs in particular (on this CD) seem like great tools for parents, teachers, and students.

    Patrick A. Thielke Amazon.com Review
  • Doctor Noize is beyond brilliant! Noun Town is definitely something to watch.

    Lori Henriques Acclaimed children's musician
  • I would love to meet you. I’ve listened to your music and it’s awesome. I also plan on coming to the show this Sunday...

    Joni CO Noizemaker & Children's Media Business Veteran
  • 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
  • For a lighthearted and (discreetly) educational soundtrack on your next family road trip, look no further than Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony — the latest musical from Doctor Noize. Composer-performer Cory Cullinan, aka Doctor Noize, has recruited an impressive roster of artists to record this spirited two-act, two CD set.  The Metropolitan Opera’s John McVeigh, in the role of Mama’s Boy, pleads for courage in the adorable I Could Be Someone.

    Lisa J. Curtis Brooklyn Family Magazine
  • I'm not sure if I forgive you for "Banana" by the way... Just an endless round of singing whenever we see or eat bananas. That's all....did I say endless?

    Dawn McMillan-Austin Southern CA Noizemaker

Illustrated Books

  • Cory Cullinan, the musician/genius/madman behind Doctor Noize is both a very funny and a very loquacious man. The interview below, which was conducted in late December, was even longer what's printed below. I left out jokes and I left out even more of the obvious passion Cullinan brings to his unique family music project.

    Stefan Shepherd Zooglobble & NPR "Kids music worth sharing"
  • 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
  • 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 Grammy.com (read the full article)
  • My son cannot get enough of the book, The Ballad Of Phineas McBoof... as well as its companion CD. Through the crazy adventures of Phineas the rock star monkey and his International Band of Misunderstood Geniuses, he's able to discover the wonder and joy of making music with friends. The story is fun to read. The illustrations are wonderful. And the music is a treat for both of us.

    Cory Fossum Bay Area Parent Magazine
  • Go where you wanna be.

    Phineas McBoof The Return of Phineas McBoof
  • 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
  • He has a wonderful sense of humor and great empathy for children and great creativity / imagination.

    Northern CA Noizemaker
  • I like your music and your books. Thanks!

    Gavin Student, Eagle Ridge Elementary School
  • 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)
  • Dr. Noize, you are soooo clever.

    Anita Nichols CA Noizemaker
  • 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 CA Noizemaker
  • I'm lovin Phineas and the book!

    Chris Maldonado Host of "The Kids Show" on KRFC FM, Fort Collins, CO
  • 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
  • As Doctor Noize, Cullinan wrote a book, "The Ballad of Phineas McBoof," and created a CD around it. It's the story of a monkey musician who becomes so popular that he runs away to escape his groupies. On his journey, he meets other musicians — including drummer Backbone the Octopus and Riley the Robot, who has an electronic sound on "keyboards and toys" — and forms a new band, The International Band of Misunderstood Geniuses. The book has lively rhymes and snazzy illustrations, and the CD features a host of guest voices portraying the animals, such as opera singer Nathan Gunn.

    Rebecca Wallace Arts & Entertainment Editor, Palo Alto Weekly (read the full article & interview)
  • The energetic former Pinewood School music teacher received quite a bit of buzz for his recording and book, “The Ballad of Phineas McBoof.” The story tells of a monkey singer who becomes so popular his admirers scream over his performances – a parallel to the Beatles’ heyday. Disillusioned, he travels to another land, where he meets up with new musicians and friends. As Phineas meets each new musician, another instrument is added to the mix, showing children how musical sounds come together.

    Los Altos Town Crier (read the full article.)
  • Thank you so much for the book and cd for Jack. He LOVES them both!!

    Emily Eikelberner CO Noizemaker
  • 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
  • Kaia really likes the book. Your creativity is amazing and inspiring.

    Brian Emery Northern 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
  • My nephews in Tennessee LOVE the CD and the book.

    Carol Zink Northern CA Teacher

Mobile Apps

  • 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
  • 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
  • Bright, cheerful, and very entertaining.

    Tech & Learning
  • Five stars. Addictive!! Very very fun!!

    Joseferret Bananas iTunes review
  • Five stars. Bonkers over Bananas. My toddler loves "Nanas"! He may be developing an aversion to crabs.

    Hankasaurus Bananas iTunes review
  • 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
  • Five stars. Fun game. Dr. Noize does it again! A great game to go with a great song.

    Jake the 4th Bananas iTunes review
  • No.  Better get the app.

    The Mayor Grammaropolis
  • Four stars. Fun! Playing this game may wear out my screen!

    Robotman2006 Bananas iTunes review
  • I have visited your site 568 times.

    Anonymous Noizemaker (but someone who really likes online games & videos...)
  • Just downloaded and played it with my son. Great app, congrats! Now I know how to read it.

    Jason Woo Northern CA Noizemaker
  • "The linguistic insights are pure gold."

    Wired "The linguistic insights are pure gold."
  • 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
  • Punctuate This!

    Coert Voorhees Mayor of Grammaropolis
  • 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

Clothing & Merch

  • One of your most entertaining newsletters to date!

    Tina Aberg Northern CA Noizemaker
  • Noize Rocks!

    Darlene Franz WA Noizemaker
  • Your April Fools Wiggles prank was the greatest thing ever. You are awesome.

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

    Doctor Noize's Daughter Sidney (who is totally unbiased on the subject...)
  • What a wonderful path he has taken and the joy he brings to so many!

    Pam Pitts Northern CA 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

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

    Allison Adams Tucker Jazz recording artist
  • Wow, like Schoolhouse Rock when I was a kid! This was great!

    Lisa Coppola Recording Artist
  • Cute video...looks & sounds like a big hit.

    Melanie Rivera CO Noizemaker
  • Cool.

    yahooalfcom
  • 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 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
  • Your grammar videos are SUPERBLY entertaining. Thanks.

    Kristina Ciminillo
  • 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"
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Sweet! Good Job!... Hittin replay...Now!

    Rayzilla Online Noizemaker
  • 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
  • Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!! This was the best 20 minutes that I spent this morning.... It is genius.

    Julia Sweeney IL 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

Solo Shows

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

    Liz Nyberg Northern CA Noizemaker & HR Director of the Los Altos Town Crier
  • 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
  • A heck of an experience! What a show!

    Chris Johnson CO Noizemaker
  • We had so much fun at your little show at The Learning Game. Claire has done nothing but talk about you and has not stopped listening to that great CD. She knows all the words and listens to it daily. Phineas McBoof ROCKS! I love that some people call him Meloneious Thunk. HA! We love it!! And now Phineas McBoof has become our secret password! Oh..guess it's not so secret anymore. Anyway, we can't wait to see you again! It was such a pleasure to meet you! And great to meet someone who has such enthusiasm for life! You and your music are infectious. I couldn't stop smiling the rest of that day and I smile whenever we are listening to your CD. We can't wait for your next one!!! Nathan Gunn is amazing! How did you get him to be on your CD? Hurry back to Northern Cali!!!!

    Lynn 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
  • Thank you again for working with us on our event. If the voice of the child is is the measure of success then it was a resounding ... yea, whoopee, fantastic! The adults enjoyed as well.

    Jennifer Landers University Of Denver Fisher Early Learning Center
  • Doctor Noize is back with a preview of his children's show... He'll really get the adults into it as well. Thanks so much Doctor Noize! (See the NBC Reno video here.)

    Karen Reuter NBC News4 Reno Anchor
  • Great show the other day, Doctor Noize. Can't wait for the next one! Keep on keepin' on.

    Marc Cavigli Northern CA Noizemaker
  • 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 brought fun to this town.

    Dr. PJ Ford Slack Principal, Sitka High School Sitka, AK
  • Dear Doctor Noize... You are awesome! Thanks and keep up the great work!

    Chad CO Noizemaker Dad to Owen, Stella, & Camilla a/k/a Awesome Kids
  • Interesting, fun, engaging and participatory for all ages. The kids were so into it.

    Lani Bautista Museum Facilitator Lead The New Children's Museum
  • great time Friday night.

    Anonymous WA Noizemaker
  • It was really great to have you perform at our school and it would definitely be fun to have you back! You are truly gifted as a children's performer.

    Jennifer Morgan Program Coordinator Children's Center Preschool
  • "Schools teach students how to perform music and music history, but they don't give students the opportunity to create music of their own" said Cory Cullinan, aka Doctor Noize. "Every other subject allows you to practice creating, there English lit classes and then there's creative writing, there's art history classes and then art classes, where you get to actually make things" said Cullinan, a former high school teacher. But when you get to music, there's chorus and band. That's it. I want kids to start thinking, "I could write a song?" So rather than just quietly listening to Cullinan perform his various instruments including keyboards, saxophone and, of course, a kazoo kids will also get to help arrange and record a song. "(The kids are) sort of shocked when they are able to just get up and do it", he said. "They think there's this wall between them and music. I don't think we encourage kids enough to be creative musically. Kids just like to be part of the creative process."

    Stacy Nick The Coloradoan
  • A crowd favorite.

    Leah Johnson Spokeswoman, Bohemian Nights Music Festival (read the full article)
  • Congratulations on a great tour! Again, we really enjoyed having you here in Redwood City... Thank you for helping to make (downtown Redwood City) a destination spot because of your concert.

    Christopher Beth Superintendent, City of Redwood City Parks, Recreation & Community Services Dept.
  • You had them in the palm of your hand.

    Steve Weeks Chart-Topping Children's Musician
  • Wow... you drew a huge, happy crowd. Congratulations and once again, many thanks for giving Bus Barn the privilege of hosting your performances.

    Leslie Farrington Business Manager Bus Barn Theater
  • Dr. Noize rocks! The kids and I went to see our good friend Dr. Noize today, and he was mega-fantastic. This bootleg video of the concert doesn't do him justice (sorry), but it does give you a sense of the kind of energy he puts into his shows. One of my favorite things about Dr. N (yes - we're actually that close) is that he seamlessly weaves music education into his concerts. You can't help but walk away feeling more musically inclined, and he even lets the kids rock-out with his equipment at the end of the show. We predict that Dr. Noize is going to be B-I-G, BIG! And we hope everyone spreads the word. Rock on, Dr.

    Chris Walsh School 180 "180 Days to Change How We Think About School"

Symphony Shows

Theatrical Productions

  • 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"
  • So fun!  Can't wait!

    Marieke Gaboury Director of Theatre Operations, Palo Alto Children's Theatre
  • 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
  • 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

  • Dear Dr. Noise. I love your book's. You are cool, you know what is your new book going to be like? That is all I can think of. Peace!

    Scooter Boy (Aidan) Student, Eagle Ridge Elementary School
  • Thank you for taking some of your time to do a song wit us. I'm With The band!

    Nolan 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
  • Dr. Noize generated fantastic enthusiasm for music and I can say that every student walked away not only amused, but genuinely interested in learning more about music. You, and your orchestra showed that music (even "stuffy old classical" music) can be fun. You educated the audience of wiggly children about music in a fun and interactive way. I hope that this is the beginning of an educational relationship between your orchestra and the schools that will build on some of the programs that are already in place. Thank you for a wonderful opportunity to share high quality music with our children!!!

    Nancy Peel Teacher, Glacier Valley Elementary School As quoted in the Juneau Empire Juneau, AK
  • 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
  • I want to play “Banana” for my kids on a guitar. Now that I’ve memorized all the words, what are the chords for guitar?

    Andy Cool Guitar-Strummin' Dad
  • You Rock!!! Thank you for creating such a fantastic place for kids (and us kids at heart) to learn about music & have a BLAST at the same time. You, my dear, are pure genius and it makes me quiver to be in your presence :-). Thank you for your books and the Grammaropolis CD. I love them! Much Love!

    Candace LiVolsi Harpist, North State Symphony
  • Thank you for coming in and making music with us. It was awsome. I can't wait to see the CD.

    Ava 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
  • We want to thank you for working with the students at RSA and inspiring them to create such fun, exciting music. Thank you so much for all of your efforts with the North State Symphony to inspire a love of classical music and composing to our North State students.

    Kelly Salter Senior Program Officer, The McConnell Foundation Sponsor of the Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony commission
  • You are amazing... keep up the wonderful work!

    Tom Burkett Music Teacher Extraordinaire Redding School Of The Arts
  • Every time he does it, I tell myself I should tell you. Finally, this time I will. For the umpteenth time, when I went into his bedroom to ask how school and homework are going, Polo jumps up from his work and animatedly begins telling stories about your class. He resets his CD player to a specific track from The Messiah and goes into what makes that part so appealing to him, then, after another moment, says enthusiastically, “He’s such a great teacher!” and “Did you know it’s a round? He had us sing Row Row Row Your Boat to show us what a fugue is!” This, plus more about you at the keyboard, in front of the class, etc., goes on for about 10 minutes before I remind him that I didn’t come in to disturb his homework or distract him, just to check in… "Oh yeah…” he’ll say as he heads back into his room (his retelling includes coming out to pick out some melodies on the piano). I couldn’t keep it in because his increasing love of music is creditable solely to you and it makes me very, very happy. And if I were you, I’d sure want to know that what I do and how I do it is making a very big difference. Thank you.

    Jeannine Black Uffelman Northern CA Mom of one of Dr. Noize's former students
  • 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"
  • My BFF was telling me all about this amazing presentation by Dr. Noize today at Redding School of Arts. And I was saying "Wait, wait, stop, I KNOW Cory!" So, how funny is that?

    Leslie King Northern CA Noizemaker & former high school classmate of the Doc!
  • I loved the presentation you gave yestery.

    Lone Tree Nolan (third grade)
  • That was the BEST assembly yet! Loved, loved, loved the music, Dr. Noize, and the play!! What a memory for the kids! I was checking out their little faces...mesmerizing.

    Pamela Jennings Dyche Evergreen School, CA
  • 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
  • I recently read "The Last Lecture," which was so poignant... I thought a lot of Doctor Noize. His energy and how he affected and influenced people, students, and colleagues reminded me of you. I wish nothing but the best for Dr. Noize and your future career. I also think you would be an amazing teacher at a higher level of education, and thought you should know that I think that.

    Leslie Pelinka OR Noizemaker & Pediatrician
  • I wanted to let you know that Jeffrey has been offered a music scholarship at California Lutheran University. When we visited we set up a last minute audition with the music director. Jeffrey brought his file of music and sang for him. He, Dr. Wyant, told him on the spot that they’d be offering him a scholarship, and followed up with a very nice letter. What was important to him was Jeffrey’s expression and precision, and that he had sung pieces in several languages. Needless to say, we are very pleased, and owe you our thanks for getting him involved in Pinewood Singers and challenging them with such wonderful pieces.

    Brenda Opine Mother of Doctor Noize's former high school student
  • 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

Giving Back

  • 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 Grammy.com (read the full article)
  • Wow! What a great show. My kids were thrilled.

    Molli McIlvaine Southern CA Noizemaker
  • How was it that this man had a literally boundless store of energy and good humor?

    Doris Huang yourtruehero.com (read the full article) Pinewood School & Harvard graduate
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, wow...so 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Doc's Thoughts

  • Sometimes you just gotta have a little musical fun in the sun.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The greatest award you can ever achieve is the knowledge that you gave everything you can give toward a purpose you believe in.  Everything else is gravy.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I’ve been given the rare opportunity to build a series for the most adventurous audience in the world — kids and the adults who belong to them.  I can’t imagine giving the next generation anything but my best, so I treat them as the budding creative geniuses they can be and the world needs.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • We're making a punctuation album? Hey! Let me tell you something:  We're making a punctuation album...

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We’ve made sure to offer a little of everything to fans with the Doctor Noize Apps — from games with established hit game makers to interactive ebooks and deep educational ventures.

    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.
  • Many fine artists make collections of songs for kids.  My goal is to introduce kids to larger-form works, and more sophisticated concepts, than a single song could ever offer.  If we can expand the creativity, curiosity and character of each listener — from kids to adults — we can raise the ambition and empathy levels in this beautiful world.  Each recording features world-class artists administering giant heaps of fun to the cause.

    Doctor Noize CEO, Creative Director & Performing Artist of Doctor Noize Inc.
  • I’ve always loved reading to my own kids — now I get to read to yours too!  Your kids will dig mixing their own version of our theme song.

    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.
  • I like smart.  I like smart a lot. And you're smart.

    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.

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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!