Uwe Kind is an international communicator who escaped from former East Germany to the West in 1960. As a German teacher at the New School in New York City, Uwe developed SingLing, a language learning technique based on familiar tunes, which he later refined as a graduate student at Harvard University. Uwe has sincepublished four SingLing books which are used by students and teachers world-wide as a fun and effective way to learn conversational German, Spanish, and English (as a second language).
Now, Uwe and producer/composer Mark Schaffel have created and developed LingoTech. LingoTech is music that fuses melody, rhythm, drama, movement, and language phrases into a total experience that inspires young people to acquire languages. LingoTech builds on the premise that music helps language students with memorization, intonation and pronunciation.
Uwe's approach extends well beyond the classroom. Some of his notable students include: Johnny Carson and David Letterman (he taught them to speak German and Chinese on their late night shows); Gail Sheehy (German); New York construction workers (taught them French on the Real People TV show); Rykers island inmates (English) and correction officers (Spanish); Sesame Street's Big Bird (German), Harlem tour guides (German) Girl Scouts of the USA and countless corporate executives. His book, Eine Kleine Deutschmusik, was adapted by NHK (Tokyo's educational network) and has become a popular television show in Japan.
Mark met Uwe in the early 1990's while living in Washington DC and was impressed with Uwe's enthusiasm and his unique approach of using music to teach foreign languages. A few years later after moving to NYC, Mark established a creative relationship with Uwe and together they began to develop the LingoTech concept.
When he's not teaching, songwriting and otherwise making music, Mark enjoys life at his home outside of Nashville, Tennessee.