Mr. Matt was great at engaging the kids & he even found a way to include the shy kiddos that made them feel very comfortable & safe. I highly recommend giving Turtle Dance Music a try if you have a child with special needs. From a therapist/mothers perspective, this is an excellent, accommodating, entertaining & educational show!"
Do you like to count? Do you like to read books? Do you like to make hip-hop beats? Songs That Count!engages Pre-K and Kindergarten students with a fun, 45-minute program that immerses them in exciting hands-on music, movement and counting activities. The performers connect with students and help them learn with exciting books and visuals about counting and addition. By the end of each class, the students create an original song, from any genre of music they want, about their favorite things they counted that day and get a chance to try out all the awesome instruments used by the Turtle Dance Musicians!
The Sun, The Earth, The Moon: Revolution and Rotationis an in-class theater and music workshop that explores the different physical characteristics of the sun, the earth, and the moon. Students will participate in rap battles, improv comedy, timed-theater challenges and original songwriting. This is a great introduction to this unit for 5th graders. The teaching artist will lead students in a movement activity that will help students identify the different phases of the moon. Then students will create original comedic scenes and sketches about the different characteristics of the sun, the earth and the moon. Finally, the workshop will culminate with an original rap battle and dance-off where students will create lyrics about the differences between revolution and rotation.
“Wally Water + The Water Cycle” teaches kids about the water cycle and how matter changes. Wally is a happy water molecule in the ocean who is unwittingly guided by the sun on an extraordinary journey through the water cycle. Students watch Wally’s story through our teaching artists who jump back and forth among the roles of storyteller, character, and musician while explaining scientific concepts through song, text and demonstrations that the audience can participate in. While grand in scope, “Wally” uses minimal design like beautiful projections and music to convey setting and mood so it can be adapted to many different educational spaces.
Why Ecosystems Rock! is an exciting program meant to foster exploration, understanding and appreciation of ecosystems. Students will explore the question, “How do scientists, politicians, farmers, teachers, filmmakers, musicians, inventors and doctors communicate important ideas about ecosystems that currently threaten the survival of living organisms?” We will discuss important topics including biodiversity loss, climate change, deforestation, population increases, food production and waste, agriculture, water usage, biofuels and greenhouse gas emissions. This program will engage students who are visual, aural, and/or kinesthetic learners through fun and novel music and improvised theater collaborations. Students will work in groups to create original scenes and songs about relevant information related to their chosen topic. Students will present their scenes and songs at the end of class to an audience of their peers. They will reflect on what ideas they took away from other group’s presentations.