Didgeridoo Down Under: Australian Music, Character Building, Science & More!
G’day mate! Didgeridoo Down Under = Australian Music, Education, Entertainment. We provide high-energy shows and workshops, combining music, culture, science, comedy, character building and audience participation. The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years and
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Aussie Funk Jam: Didgeridoo Workshop!
The Aussie Funk Jam is a totally interactive and hands-on workshop. Participants learn how to play the didgeridoo, including vocalizing and creating simple rhythms, with our beginner didges. The presenter also explains how to make and decorate a “didge” very inexpensively. Participants will be mesmerized, inspired and motivated as they enjoy a one-of-a kind multicultural music experience.
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We are available in Mecklenburg County during most months. Contact Darren for specific dates.
We are 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 and Tanya Gerard live in North Carolina and perform year-round at K-12 schools, libraries, festivals and other venues throughout the U.S.
1 performer: $250 on same day as show(s)
2 performers: $375 on same day as show(s)
1 performer: 1 show $600; 2 consecutive shows $800; 3 shows at same venue on same day $1100
2 performers: 1 show $900, 2 consecutive shows $1200, 3 shows at same venue on same day $1650
1 performer: 2 days $2000; 3 days $3000; 4 days $4000; 5 days $5000
2 performers: 2 days $3000, 3 days $4500, 4 days $6000, 5 days $7500
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, participants integrate everything they’ve learned to create a group jam session. This program encourages students to Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including quantitatively, as well as in words. (R7)
1) We teach how to play the didgeridoo, including droning, vocalizing, tonguing, imitating sounds of nature, and playing basic rhythms. This program teaches students how to apply the elements of music and music techniques in order to sing and play music with accuracy and expression. (2.ML.1)
2) We talk about the didgeridoo and its connection to the Aboriginal people, who have been playing it for at least 1500 years. This program helps students understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with music. (6.CR.1)
3) 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)
4) We demonstrate how students can reduce, reuse and recycle by turning a cardboard tube or PVC pipe into a simple didgeridoo. The performer also plays a didgeridoo 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)
We have hundreds of references available from K-12 schools, colleges, libraries, festivals, museums, camps and other venues throughout the U.S. Contact Darren with your location and venue type (ex. elementary or middle school), and he’ll provide the most applicable references.
If a school cancels less than 45 days before the program date and does not reschedule, the cancelation fee is 50% of the total booking price.