Detailed Description of School Programs by Age
0 - 2 Years (Recommended time 20-30 minutes)
We keep it short and sweet at this age! I often start with "Twinkle, Twinkle" or "ABC's," something quiet and familiar to break the ice. Then we do songs about the body, their daily routines and other classics that are familiar. They love to manipulate the instruments and puppets and bop along to the music!
2 - 3 Years (Recommended time 30-45 minutes)
For this age group, I focus on music with my guitar and bring instruments and puppets for the children to manipulate. Children learn through play, and here I feature musical elements, such as loud vs. soft, fast vs. slow, and sing familiar songs that teach vocabulary, body parts and group participation. When they have their puppets, I do favorites like "Old MacDonald," and tell a little barnyard story where they get to play the animals in the story using their puppets. They'll go home singing and telling their parents about all the activities they did that day!
4 - 6 Years (Recommended time 45-60 minutes)
Combining music with my guitar and story time with costumes, we do an educational, imaginative, interactive show! The children actually act out the characters in the stories by dressing up in costumes! Whether it's Fairy Tales of princesses and heros, Folk Tales from Africa and South America, or cowboy Tall Tales of friendly cowhands and grumpy cowhands, I provide costumes for the children to actively participate. Winding the show down, I lead them though a sing-a-long with my guitar, providing instruments for them to play.
7 and up (Recommended time 45-60 minutes)
Now they're ready for a program that would appeal to adults! Mixing in music of classic Americana, we do "Whickety Whack, Get Into My Sack!" which is a "Jack" Tale out of classic gothic American folklore. We also do "Romeo & Juliet," where the students get to participate as members of the Capulet and Montague tribes, Paul Bunyan folk tales and a few other classic folk tales. It's a wonderful education in literature that incorporates the students into bringing the stories to life!