Bob McGrath is an original cast member and played the resident music teacher on Sesame Street.
Bob McGrath is an original cast member and played the resident music teacher on Sesame Street. As an accomplished singer with eight children’s albums and a recording company to his credit, McGrath’s work has received glowing reviews from Family Choice Awards, Creative Child Magazine, School Library Journal, Midwest Book Review, Kidzmusic, and Family Man Online. As an advocate for children, McGrath was honored for 40 years of service by the Variety Children’s Charity Telethon in British Columbia, and by Saskatchewan’s Premier Brad Wall, with the Distinguished Service Award. He participated in his fourth Wounded Warrior’s Tribute in Alberta, Canada, in August, 2017.
McGrath has narrated eBooks and apps for Sesame Street and has authored eight books of his own including Uh Oh! Gotta Go! (a best seller on potty training) and Oops! Excuse Me Please! He has performed and recorded with Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, the Robert Shaw Chorale, Fred Waring, and Pablo Casals. McGrath was the featured male soloist in NBC’s Sing Along with Mitch for four years, and was a Japanese teen sensation known as “Bobu Magulas,” recording nine LP’s and 15 singles in both English and Japanese. He was featured on The Tonight Show, What’s My Line, and To Tell the Truth. His last musical compilation, “Bob’s Favorite Sing Along Songs,” won the Parents’ Choice Classic Award in 2013.
Over the past 10 years, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has invited McGrath to present motivational keynote addresses and workshops for thousands of early childhood educators. McGrath received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Music from the Manhattan School of Music. In 2010, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Michigan, and he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of Manhattan School of Music in 2013.
Bob recently performed with the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band chamber orchestra as a featured guest in their Young People’s Concert series in Washington, DC, celebrating the 220th anniversary of the organization & Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary. Bob and other members of the cast participate regularly in Comic Cons around the country where they love meeting fans. Children can also enjoy listening to Bob reading Goodnight, Numbers to Elmo on Sesame Street’s YouTube Channel. McGrath has five children and eight grandchildren, and celebrated his 61st wedding anniversary with his wife Ann, in June, 2019. Visit him at www.bobmcgrath.com.