School Assemblies

MUSIC & STORY PROGRAMS


We Don’t Have To Bully:
It’s Okay To Be Different

Building a kind world starts with how we treat each other. We might look the same as each other but be very different, or we might look different than each other yet be very similar. In either case, we can learn to get along and appreciate each other.


All About America

An inter-active trip through America’s history, exploring songs and stories from all of the cultures that make up the patchwork of this country.


Everyday Heroes

A fun, musical examination of what a hero is through songs and folk stories.


The Three Rs:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Songs and stories about caring for the earth.


A Musical Trip Around the World

Learn about countries and cultures through folks songs, stories and dances.


Holiday Programs

• Fall Fun – Halloween Hoots, And Harvest Celebrations Around The World

• Winter Holidays Around the World – Lighting Up the Dark

• Hibernation – Songs and Stories for the Dark, Quiet Times

• Springtime – When the World Wakes Up

• Independence Day – Summertime and the Living Is Easy!


Teaching Residencies


PERCUSSION PARTY

This is a class for 7 – 10 year olds that explores drums, boomwhackers and other percussion instruments from around the world. We will take a musical trip to different countries as we learn traditional rhythms and notes, while creating drum circle rhythms, orchestrating stories, and playing musical games.

(45 minute sessions)


SING, DANCE AND PLAY-ALONG

This class uses the movement-based learning system of Dalcroze Eurythmics to kinesthetically teach and reinforce musical terms and rhythm concepts. We will further explore musical contrasts, using both their visual and aural representations. Each class is a combination of chants, songs, folk-dances, creative movement, and active listening to various world and instrumental musical pieces, as well as music games and dramatizations.

(60 minute sessions)


ALL ABOUT AMERICA

An interactive, musical trip through America's history, using songs, stories and games. Our journey starts with songs and stories from Native American culture, and continues through America's history from all over our continent, ending up back here today!

(60 minute sessions)





A MUSICAL TRIP AROUND THE WORLD

We will tour the world and learn about many countries through their folk songs, dances, and instrumental music. These classes introduce children to other languages through the folk songs of the country. As with all the programs, this class combines poems, songs, rhythm play, and creative movement. We will create simple instruments from each of the countries, and explore the rhythms of the language through the rhythms of their music.

(90 minute sessions)


SONGWRITING WORKSHOPS

Join Joanie to explore the easiest forms of song-writing, integrating melody, rhythm, and language learning, to produce the children’s own creations!

(90 minute sessions)


JUST PLAIN FUN FOR MOVIN’ AND GROOVIN’

A stimulating session of interactive folk songs that gives kids a chance to shake off the winter blues (or any other time they just need to move!). This program gets kids moving in an organized way while learning songs from the treasure-chest of America’s musical heritage, including play-party songs and Native American song-dances.

(60 minute sessions)


SONGS AND STORIES OF EVERYDAY HEROES

A fun, interactive way to examine what a hero is. Songs and stories from around the world that give us a chance to both think seriously and laugh about folk heroes and real heroes from history and today.

(60 minute sessions)


THE THREE R'S:
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Interactive songs and stories from around the world, showing different ways that people have taken care of the earth and the environment throughout history. This program presents children with numerous practical ways for them to become environmental stewards in their own lives.

(60 minute sessions)


HOLIDAY PROGRAMS

Songs and dances from around the world for a musical experience of local and/or international holidays. Some examples:

  1. Fall Fun, Halloween Hoots, and Harvest Celebrations Around the World
  2. Thanksgiving in Song and Dance
  3. Wintertime Celebrations Around the World
  4. Springtime – When the World Wakes Up
  5. Independence Day - Summertime and the Living is Easy!
    (One hour sessions)

What People Are Saying!

"Children were totally electrified."
- Columbus Metropolitan Library

" Wonderful class, my children enjoyed it and learned new musical concepts."
- Parent, Dublin Arts Council class

"Great show as always! You are so goofy the audience just sings and
laughs along with you."
- Grandview Public Library

"That was a blast!"
- Eight-year old at a birthday party