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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Dente, Kobla Mensa Talking Drums with Kobla Dente Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Talking Drums is a musical performance designed to involve and enhance participants’ knowledge and appreciation of African/African Diaspora music through its instruments and songs. Structured for early childhood audiences, Talking Drums utilizes lecture-demonstration and performance techniques with lavish appropriations of enthusiasm. In this program, participants are taught how various traditional African instruments are made and played. The results are totally tantalizing in that students learned to count, spell, and jump all to the beat of the African drum! Join Kobla Dente as he leads audiences on a journey of musical exploration
$351- $500
Tranchina, Gabriele Songs of the Americas Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Come and celebrate with us the beauty of the music from the Americas. Enjoy music all the way up from Canada down to Argentina. Among the wide variety of music find Latin Rhythms like the Bolero or the Tango, Waltzes like “Des Colores” from Mexico, Bossa’s and Samba’s from Brazil. You will hear famous songs like Consulelo Velazquez’ “Besame Mucho”, Jose Fernandez Diaz’ Guantanamera, Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “One Note Samba” and many more.
$201- $350
Romano, Nina MAYBELLE CARTER AMERICAN MUSICAL LEGEND Music
Can be offered for Women's History Month: Maybelle Carter was a core member of the Carter Family, the first superstars of Country Music, who enjoyed tremendous popularity and success during the Great Depression. The Carters collected backwoods music, recorded hits, composed, toured extensively, & are an enduring influence to this day. Maybelle Carter was a virtuoso guitarist in a number of styles, inventing a style which bears her name. She was a composer of many songs, and a multi-instrumentalist, as well. We will tell her story with illustrative songs, musical examples, and other lore from the period. This program is entertaining, inspiring, and educational, and I hope you will consider offering it to your patrons. We have performed at more than 25 libraries and are happy to provide references.
$351- $500
Collins, Dawn World Music Exploration History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
This may be a single date program or a series of five to six one-hour sessions exploring different world music regions, Africa, Latin America, Europe, Celtic Lands, India & Middle East, North America. A display of instruments native to this regions and a demonstration is provided. Songs from each region are taught with phonetic lyrics in a call and response style for ease of learning. A brief history of each region's music will be taught. This is an interactive program that is best suited to young adults and adults, although middle school and above will find it interesting and educational.
$101- $200
Knight, Leonora Be a Friend, Not a Bully Interactive Concert Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
In this interactive concert students will sing together and take on roles of characters showing empathy, compassion, caring, perseverance, friendship and bullying. Exercises will be used to demonstrate welcoming and unwelcoming body language. The music and performing will add some excitement and levity to a very real and current issue. Children will love being on stage. Singing together is a very powerful uniting force! All music is original and fully orchestrated. Cue cards are used to help students sing along.
$351- $500
Stelljes, Eileen Ben Franklin and the Glass Armonica History,
Music,
Science
Presenter in 18th Century dress describes the popular 18th Century musical instrument made of glass bowls. Invented and perfected by clever colonial scientist, Ben Franklin, it became hugely popular! Hear recorded examples of what some described as the sound of angels singing. Can water glasses produce lovely notes or tunes? We will experiment; attempting to play music on plastic bottles, water glasses, and glass bowls. With a computer available, participants may play an on-line replica of Franklin's Glass Armonica.
$101- $200
Cavanaugh, Deb Creepy Crawlers Music,
Nature- Animals,
Science
Sing along, play percussion instruments and enjoy moving around as we use our imaginations to bring these songs about insects, crawdads and other creepy crawlers to life at your library. This program may also include looking at books and can be presented with or without supplemental educational materials.
$201- $350
Russo, Lisa Music & Movement with Miss Lisa Life Skills- Parenting,
Music
Very interactive and entertaining music & movement program strongly based on all aspects of child development, from brain development to social-emotional. Multi-sensory & multi-learning style approach includes hands-on instruments and scarves &/or ribbons for children to use, rhythm games, chants, sing-alongs & dances that can be planned to fit your library's current theme. Emphasis on emergent literacy and other skills & concepts needed for school & life. Foundational statements incorporated throughout for parents to learn how activities benefit their child's development, and how parents can incorporate them into daily routine. Accoustic guitar is primary instrument, with modeling of rhythm instruments and occasional recorded sound effects to enhance the aural & visual experience.
$101- $200
Hopkins, Allen Songs of the Railroad History,
Music
Songs from the 19th and 20th centuries, describing the construction, operation, and history of America's railroads. Main repertoire source: N. Cohen, The Long Steel Rail, U.of Chicago Press, 1982. Examples: Drill Ye Tarriers, John Henry, Wabash Cannonball, Casey Jones, Wreck of the Old 97, Paddy Works on the Railway, Life's Railway to Heaven, etc. Accompaniment on acoustic stringed instruments (guitar, banjo, Autoharp, etc.). History and background is given for all songs. Presented annually for the Brighton schools for 13 years; and recently performed at the Strong Museum (Rochester), Heritage Square Museum (Ontario), Cattaraugus County Museum, New England Folk Festival (Mansfield MA). Performed at Cottrell Mem. Library in Atlanta NY, 2011. Many opportunities for audience participation (chorus singing).
$201- $350
Haynes, Jeff TEEN DRUM (Spoken Word & Hand Drum Instruction) Literature- Poetry,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
A two or three day workshop series offering teens an opportunity to come together in a drum. Rickey to connect with each other through learning basic hand drum rhythms and reciting poetry colored with percussive textures.
$501- $1000
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