Didgeridoo Down Under: Australian Music, Character Building, Science & More!

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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Didgeridoo Make & Play Residency


Program description

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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Program Detail

Program type: Residency
Artistic Discipline: Multi-discipline, Music, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Multicultural, Other
Subject: Literacy, Music, Science, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

We are available in Mecklenburg County during most months. Contact Darren for specific dates.

Available times:

We are usually available morning, afternoon and evening. Contact Darren for specific times.

Space / technical requirements:

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.

Fees / Ticketing:

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 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: $250 on same day as show(s)
2 performers: $375 on same day as show(s)



NC Standard Course of Study:

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)

NC Essential Standards:

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)

Supporting Materials


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes



  • Didgeridoo Down Under promo video


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.

Cancellation Policy

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.