Didgeridoo Down Under: Awesome Educational Entertainment!
G’day! Didgeridoo Down Under is a leading K-12 educational entertainment company in the U.S. We specialize in weaving cultural arts, core curriculum, character building, motivational speaking and audience participation into interactive shows, workshops and residencies. Our program themes range
Educator CONTACT INFO
SELECT A PROGRAM
DDU Show: Australian Music, Character Building & More!
G’day mate! The DDU Show is a unique fusion of Australian music, culture, art, science, comedy, character building, anti-bullying and audience participation.
The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, and is known for its otherworldly sound. But DDU is much more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and super fun for all ages!
Booking / scheduling contact
DDU is available in Mecklenburg County during most months. Contact Darren for specific dates.
DDU is usually available morning, afternoon and evening. Contact Darren for specific times.
The performer(s) will need two tables and about 10 feet of clearance in front of tables.
DDU performers Rob Thomas & Tanya Gerard live in North Carolina and perform year-round at K-12 schools, libraries, festivals and other venues throughout the U.S.
DDU Show: Australian Music, Character Building & More!
in person w/ 1 performer $700 … in person w/ 2 performers $1300 … prerecorded (available for 2 weeks) $500 … live virtual (inc. Q&A) $600 … live virtual (inc. Q&A) + video for 2 weeks $700 … discounts available for multiple shows!
Protect the Planet: Earth Science & Ecological Entertainment!
in person w/ 1 performer $700 … prerecorded (available for 2 weeks) $500 … live virtual (inc. Q&A) $600 … live virtual (inc. Q&A) + video for 2 weeks $700 … discounts available for multiple shows!
Adventures of the Wild Wolf: Unleash Your Inner Reader & Author! (virtual only)
prerecorded (available for 2 weeks) $500 … live virtual (inc. Q&A) $600 … live virtual (inc. Q&A) + video for 2 weeks $700 … discounts available for multiple shows!
Aussie Funk Jam: Didgeridoo Workshop!
in person w/ 1 performer $400 … prerecorded (available for 2 weeks) $300 … live virtual (inc. Q&A) $350 … live virtual (inc. Q&A) + video for 2 weeks $400 … in person must be booked same day as show(s) … discounts available for multiple workshops!
Didgeridoo Make & Play Residency (in person only)
1 performer: 2 days $3000; 3 days $4000; 4 days $5000; 5 days $6000
1) We promote literacy and reading by displaying a 2-foot X 3-foot vocabulary list during our programs. Our K-5 list includes Aboriginal, Australia, Didgeridoo, Diversity, Environment, Equator, Eucalyptus, Extinct, Indigenous, Island, Mammal, Marsupial, Oceania, and X-Ray Art. Our 6th-12th list includes Aboriginal, Australia, Didgeridoo, Diversity, Environment, Eucalyptus, Genocide, Indigenous, Marsupial, Monotreme, Oceania, Onomatopoeia, Sacred, and X-Ray Art. During the show, the performer slowly says each word and has the audience repeat them back to him, which reinforces phonics, spelling and word recognition. This program helps students interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings; and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone. (R4)
2) We use maps to reinforce the meaning and application of certain words, such as Australia and Oceania. If a vocabulary word defines a tangible object used during the show (such as didgeridoo, eucalyptus or x-ray art), the performer points to that item while explaining the term. This program teaches students to integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. (SL2)
3) For our grand finale, we use the didgeridoo to help tell an interactive story, in which audience members interpret and dramatically act out what they hear. This program encourages students to apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening. (L3)
1) We promote musical education by not only playing didgeridoos, but also talking about how the Aboriginal people have been using it (for various purposes) it for at least 1500 years. This program helps students understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with music. (6.CR.1)
2) We teach about various styles of Aboriginal artwork, including ancient X-ray art and modern dot art, which is displayed on our didgeridoos and art panels. This program helps students understand the global, historical, societal, and cultural contexts of the visual arts. (7.CX.1)
3) We demonstrate how students can reduce, reuse and recycle by turning a cardboard tube or PVC pipe into a didgeridoo. We also play didgeridoos made from recycled blue jeans. This program encourages students to evaluate human behaviors in terms of how likely they are to ensure the ability to live sustainably on Earth. (EEn.2.8)
4) We display maps to show various locations such as Australia (inc. major cities and land features) and Oceania. This program uses geographic representations and terms to describe surroundings. (K.G.1)
5) We encourage socio-emotional learning by teaching about the importance of kindness, tolerance and respect for all people and cultures. We also emphasize anti-violence and anti-bullying with the help of a sign that reads “Bullying is not cool!” This program helps students understand healthy and effective interpersonal communication and relationships. (2.ICR.1)
We have hundreds of references from schools and other venues, available upon request.
If a school cancels less than 45 days before the program date and does not reschedule or switch to another option (ex. in person to virtual), the cancellation fee will be 50% of the total booking price.