• Assemblies

Available Programs

School Assemblies engage students in interactive performances through song, dance, and a variety of instruments. These programs address state education standards related to music, culture, and history. For 25-300 students.

 

The American Vernacular: The Art of Jazz

with JT Nolan and Matt Skellenger

Jazz is one of few truly American art forms. A fusion of European and African music traditions, jazz is often an understated influence in our culture and is unique to the American experience. This program brings students an interactive, entertaining introduction to jazz – how jazz influenced the culture and history of the United States.

– Length of program: 45 minutes
– Grade Level: K-12
– Max group: 300
– Base Price: $450

The Melting Pot: Bluegrass & Beyond

With Paul Trunko

This assembly examines the ways in which cultural traditions combine to form something new. Students will see live performances with folk and bluegrass instruments like guitar, mandolin, and banjo. With musical examples, students will see how the United States melting pot of musical cultures combined to create bluegrass.

– Length of program: 45 minutes
– Grade Level: K-5
– Max group: 300
– Base Price: $385

The Blues: A True American Art

With Chris Sauthoff

Students will learn the development and aesthetic of the blues. They hear how slaves combined African folk music and Western European music traditions to create an entirely new form art form. Students will understand how race and gender issues also played roles in the development of blues music. They will hear music by Leadbelly and Muddy Waters.

– Length of program: 45 minutes
– Grade Level: K-8
– Max Group: 300
– Base Price: $385

Colorado History through Song

With Mike Jagel

Colorado has a rich tradition of music through its history. Native Americans were the first settlers and had their own musical traditions. The following waves of explorers and settlers all contributed to our musical heritage as well. During the performance, the musicians will share songs of mountain men, explorers, farmers, ranchers, and miners, and will finish the assembly with recognizable and modern Colorado songs.

– Length of program: 45 minutes
– Grade Level: K-6
– Max Group: 300
– Base Price: $385

Irish Music & Dance: The Cultural Connection

With Deb Carstensen and Molly Bennett

Showcasing music, dance, and clothing from the Irish tradition, this program will touch on the history of the dance and music and how it has influenced the culture and art in our country. The students will get to enjoy the exciting and soulful music from Ireland, including Deb Carstensen’s fiery fiddle. Molly Bennett, the founder of the Bennett School of Irish Dance, will demonstrate Irish dancing, including jigs, reels, and hornpipes.

– Length of program: 45 minutes
– Grade Level: K-8
– Max Group: 300
– Base Price: $385

Rhythm: A Multicultural Music Experience

With Ed Contreras and Chad Johnson

This assembly explores rhythm and percussion as it evolved out of Africa through the Caribbean, Brazil, and up through the Americas. Students will hear dun duns, djembes, talking drums, and congas. Students will also have an opportunity to play percussion instruments with the assembly performers.

– Length of program: 45 minutes
– Grade Level: K-12
– Max Group: 300
– Base Price: $400

Sound Ideas from Around the World

With Michael Stanwood

This assembly teaches lessons in geography, social studies, languages, all through wondrous musical instruments that Michael Stanwood has collected through his travels. Michael is a former goodwill ambassador for the U.S. State Department.

– Length of program: 45 minutes
– Grade Level: K-8
– Max Group: 250
– Base Price: $350

School Workshops engage smaller groups of students in hands-on activities. Many assemblies above can be formatted as a workshop, which in turn address state education standards. For 5-50 students.

 

Instrument Petting Zoo

Our Instrument Petting Zoo is an opportunity for participants to try different acoustic instruments! This is a hands-on experience for any age, led by our knowledgeable staff of “Zookeepers.” Instruments include ukuleles, hand drums, guitars, mandolins, banjos, mini-pianos, and more! Swallow Hill provides the instruments.

– Length of program: 45 minutes
– Grade Level: K-12
– Max Group: 30
– Base Price: $125

Ukulele Workshop

Our Ukulele Workshop introduces participants to the parts and history of the ukulele, as well as how to play it! Participants will learn some chords and a song! Swallow Hill will provide the ukuleles for each participant.

– Length of program: 45 minutes
– Grade Level: K-12
– Max Group: 20
– Base Price: $125

Sing Along, Move Along

Our early childhood teachers lead students in an interactive musical class featuring dance, creative movement, song, percussion instruments, and more! Programs can be adapted to fit educational and seasonal themes. Swallow Hill Music will provide instruments.

– Length of program: 30-45 minutes
– Grade Level: Preschool-2
– Max Group: 30
– Base Price: $100

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