Created by native Israeli and veteran music therapist Dafna Israel-Kotok,
Shir Fun is the newest innovation in Jewish early childhood education
and development. Leveraging the invaluably positive effects on the
brain of musical enrichment and cultural pride, the Shir Fun
program immerses children participants in both using
top-of-the-line educational musical instruments, and a specially
designed curriculum which includes original songs,
movement-based activities, holiday celebrations and
personal interactions. The program is taught only by native
Hebrew-speaking professional musicians with strong backgrounds
in group instruction.
The Shir Fun experience is shared with the children and
their parents and/or caretakers and is a true celebration of music and community.
Following the release of the full-length album “Dafna’s Shir Fun” and building on the program’s success, Shir Fun is currently producing more recorded music and creative educational media
in order to maximize its positive effects on the community.
Shir Fun was created by Israeli music therapist, Dafna Israel-Kotok,
whose passion for Jewish and Israeli music and culture has been
cultivated all of her life. Growing up in a moshav on
Israel’s Mediterranean coast, she learned to play the guitar from
her father at an early age and together, they became a central
musical figure to her community’s cultural celebrations.
After her service in the Israeli army, Dafna attended university
in the U.S, obtaining a degree in music therapy.
For the past 10 years, Dafna has harnessed the healing effects
and developmental power of music on a daily basis as a
music therapist in New York City hospitals and health centers,
where she has worked with chronically ill children and the elderly.
Those institutions cherished her specialized talent and captivating
voice as well as her warmth and connection to children and
Dafna’s love for children and Jewish culture, together with her
musical gifts, make the Shir Fun experience an invaluable one for both children and grown ups, fostering a love of Jewish culture and music and a positive sense of community in a child’s earliest memories.
Singer-songwriter and music educator Mika Hary
has started playing the piano at age 6 and by the time she reached high school, Mika lead groups to perform in Israel's major jazz venues, including broadcasted events in the main channels. For her
army service, Mika was chosen as a lead singer in the IDF orchestra and received a special
"outstanding musician" status from the Israeli ministry of education. In that position, she appeared
in nationally-broadcasted events as well as in front of some dignitaries from around the world.
At other times, she has been personally requested by the Israeli Army’s Chief of Staff to sing
the national anthem in an important event. Upon release from the army Mika has participated in
Kochav Nolad, the Israeli version of American Idol. In fall 2007, Mika has moved to NYC to
pursue her degree in music/philosophy at the renowned New School University, where she received
a scholarship and graduated with honors in 2012. Mika now leads the 'Mika Hary Group' with
which she performs her original compositions in some of the city's best known venues and playing
with some of the rising stars in the music scene.
In 2012 Mika has collaborated and toured the US with Yoni Rechter, an all-time favorite Israeli
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"Shir Fun is a class like no other. The songs are fun and educational and appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Dafna is a gem- not only does she have a talent for music and a genuine love of teaching children about Israeli culture, but she has a way of connecting to each and every child in her class that makes their eyes light up and their souls sing. I am on my third child in
Shir Fun and I am still moved to tears each time I come."
-Renat, mother of 3