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Ceceri, Kathy DIY Electronic Music and Programming for Teens Music,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Teens will explore the science behind recorded music, electronic music, and computer-generated music with projects from the book Musical Inventions by author/educator Kathy Ceceri. Options include: Build a Paper Record Player -- Teens will discover the history of recorded music and make a simple turntable that plays vinyl LPs to take home. DIY Audio Speakers and Mics -- Teens will learn about electrical circuits as they build simple working speakers and microphones to take home. Electronic Music Board with Makey Makey and Scratch (computers required)-- Teens will learn about circuits and coding when they work in teams to build and program a musical surface you can play with your hands or a toy car or robot. Kathy Ceceri is the author of over a dozen books of hands-on learning projects for kids. Her titles include Paper Inventions, Fabric Inventions, Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future, Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure, and Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture.
$351- $500
McGrath, Cathy “ROLLICKING TEAKETTLE” SUMMER READING PROGRAM Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Join Cathy McGrath in this highly ACTIVE program of singing games and cherished songs that relate to story books. This program creates exuberant, wholesome fun! The audience members get tootled by a flute, act out multicultural singing games, sing a fun song about borrowing books from the library, play drums and GIGGLE at the dancing limberjack toys. Everyone will clap, sing and dance in a celebration of creative movement, self expression, and friendly cooperation. This program was created especially for the SUMMER READING PROGRAM and ties into the theme of the year. An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjack puppets, flute, penny whistle and children’s drums in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups. One parent’s response: You can’t help but dance! Another response: As we sang, danced, and clapped our way through a variety of folk music, Cathy's energy and enthusiasm were contagious. What a wonderful way to introduce singing games and our cultural heritage to children. We can't wait to have her back again! ( Sarah Matthews Children's Librarian Wadsworth Library, Geneseo, NY).
$201- $350
Ruch, Dave One World, Many Stories Multicultural- Native American,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
With guitar, Indian tabla drum, European octave mandolin, traditional Native American cowhorn rattles and more, Dave leads the audience on a fun-filled musical journey across the world. Children become active participants as they sing along (in English, Nigerian, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Iroquois!), answer questions and act out songs. Some audience members will even be invited to play the Iroquois rattles, and (for groups of 100 or less) all will have a chance to touch and play one of the instruments after the concert. Topics covered include the unique ways in which people around the world live (past and present), and perhaps most importantly, the many similarities that we all share. Dave also talks about his own eye-opening trips to India and the Middle East. -Happiness is being in an audience watching a performance by Dave Ruch! It is a delightful, educational, whimsical and totally fun way to spend a span of time. Rich entertainment of the highest quality and professionalism - Margaret Crocker, Executive Director, The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier, Binghamton NY
$351- $500
Hoffman, Nan Sing A Story - Read A Song! Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
With programs specially designed for libraries, Nan incorporates songs that have been made into books (books that sing), songs made from books, songs based on folk tales and stories, and songs that celebrate reading. Within that framework she offers presentations that focus on several different themes such as reading (SING A STORY-READ A SONG!), folk music (MORE THAN A SONG!), history (SINGING OUR HISTORY), and nature and the environment (SONGS FOR A LIVABLE LAND). Using folk and acoustic music and a variety of songs and instruments, Nan offers presentations that are fun and informative, and encourages audience participation.
$201- $350
Hill Brothers, The The Reading Show Music
As seen at the New York State PTA PARP Conference & the Niagara Frontier Reading Council Fall Conference Get kids really excited about reading with this high-energy program! Perfect to kickoff or conclude Parents as Reading Partners(PARP), Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), Accelerated Reader, OhioReads! or other reading incentive programs, or simply as a fun concert with an all-important message, this show uses singable, original upbeat songs and even a disco tune to get students really fired up to read! The messages in this program are very clear: reading is fun, it's something we can all learn to do, it enables us to follow our dreams and become anything we want to be, and it can take us on some fascinating new adventures. As with all Hill Brothers performances, you can expect lots of laughs and surprises along with tons of audience participation!
$501- $1000
Rosenberg, Paul Cabin Fever Community Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
As residents of the Northeast, we all know how the long winter months can make you feel cooped up and bummed out. Our Cabin Fever Dance is a popular monotony-breaker for your audience of all ages. Your library supplies the atmosphere— snowflakes, brownies, twinkle lights and books -- for the event. We supply the dance caller and musicians on fiddle, guitar, banjo and tin whistle and lead participants in square, contra and circle dances brought to America from Europe and Africa. Connect with centuries-old traditions and dance the cold winter away as generations of Americans have done. Our dances are community-building activities that get everyone up and moving. Easy dances that everyone can learn in one session means fun for children and adults. The “Cabin Fever Community Dance” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. We play tunes, sing songs, and teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, clarinet, guitar, recorder, and more. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/ and http://www.homespun.biz/occasions/educational-programs/community-dancing/
$351- $500
Meissner, Lisa Adirondack Cares History,
Music,
Nature- Other
Interactive program of celebrating Adirondack people and environment with new and traditional folk music.
$201- $350
Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom CHILDRENS MUSIC ON THE FARM WITH FARMER TOM WALSH Literature- Poetry,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
American songs FOR CHILDREN – A collection of children’s music and storytelling. As one of the country’s most original Singer and Storytellers, FARMER TOM Walsh takes the listener on a fascinating journey through the roots of American music and his own original songs with a little help from the grooves of The Grateful Dead, Phish, his Friends moe and his own lovin' soul. FARMER TOM performs his songs and stories gathered from Masters he has studied and performed with including folklorist John Lomax and Mike Seeger of the Smithsonian institute of America, Legendary Traditional American musicians Doc Watson, Norm Blake, Joe Pass, Fiddling Mark Hamilton and others. FARMER TOM is a Master of the open tuning, of the guitar, in early roots music; pass to him by Mike Seeger. Workshops, at festivals, are available.
$351- $500
Cavanaugh, Deb Toe Tappin' Tunes Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program of exciting folk music to get you up and moving. Upbeat toe tapping tunes and songs on mandolin, mountain dulcimer, limberjack, banjo, guitar and vocals. Originally designed for the 2005 Summer Reading Program, this program will fit into any theme.
$201- $350
Van Egmond, Timothy Mystery Mastery Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A sleuth's case file of stories and songs about solving the crime, catching the thief, and guessing the riddle! Tim’s dramatic style of voice, movement, and facial expression brings stories to life, and his gift of encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. He’ll accompany stories and songs with guitar, mountain dulcimer, limberjack, mouth bow, and conga drum. A program bibliography will be available so that books containing the stories can be on display, and Tim will recommend them in the program to celebrate and encourage reading. Tim has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 30 years. He has been selected for the New England States Touring Program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Education Programs, and the New Hampshire State Library's Kids, Books, and the Arts Project.
$351- $500
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