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
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Didgeridoo Make & Play Residency
This amazing cultural arts experience includes two to five full days of didgeridoo immersion. The residency kicks off with the DDU show and includes the same learning experience as the Aussie Funk Jam, plus more advanced didgeridoo rhythms and playing techniques. The residency culminates with a mini-performance, in which the students are the musical stars! Upon request, each participant also can...
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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 performer Rob Thomas lives in North Carolina and performs year-round at K-12 schools, libraries, festivals and other venues throughout the U.S.
Residency (in person only)
1 performer: 2 days $3000; 3 days $4000; 4 days $5000; 5 days $6000
DDU Show: Australian Music, Character Building & More!
in person w/ 1 performer $700 … in person w/ 2 performers $1050 … prerecorded w/ 2-week access $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: World Music, Earth Science & Ecological Entertainment!
in person w/ 1 performer $800 … in person w/ 2 performers $1200 … prerecorded w/ 2-week access $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 w/ 2-week access $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 w/ 2-week access $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!
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 short performance. 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 to 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 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 school or middle school), and he’ll provide the most applicable references.
We have hundreds of references from schools and other venues, available upon request.