Contributions to music books and CDs
Pre-K to 8th grade.
LENGTH OF PROGRAMS
Typical programs are 45 minutes to an hour, but Jeff and his musician friends are extremely flexible. They're happy to adjust their programs to suit your needs.
No limit. We work with small groups, individual classes, several grades, and even the whole school.
Assembly Presentations focus on funny, entertaining readings of Jeff's poems. Opportunities abound for audience participation during zany poems about Daddy's cooking disaster, earning a black belt, trading your brother, and much, much more.
Music Performances are raucous, interactive shows. Jeff turns the program over to Jordan Kaye or Sergio Wals for the music performances. Jordan and Sergio sing songs made from Jeff's poems, along with a few surprises. They always get students singing and clapping along. The musicians also have been known to encourage music teachers and advanced music students to accompany them, and Jordan and Sergio's performances have been enhanced by many dancing teachers. For schools with bilingual programs, Sergio a native of Mexico is happy to include some songs in Spanish.
Young Poets Classroom Presentations (K-2nd grade) include more fun examples of Jeff's poems, along with a lesson on rhyme and an opportunity for the class to help write a poem.
Emerging Poets Classroom Presentations (3rd-5th grades) emphasize techniques for writing good poems, including discussion of style, form, rhyme, and meter.
Poem-to-Song Presentations (4th-8th grades) examine the relationship between poems and songs, demonstrate the process of making a song from a poem, and (for older students) discuss the publication and recording processes.
Reading Councils We greatly enjoy visiting reading councils. Programs include discussion of the writing and publication processes, integrating poetry and music in the curriculum, and a whole, whole lot of fun.
A WORD FROM JEFF MONDAK
"Jordan, Sergio and I are educators, with several decades of combined experience in the classroom. We want the students and teachers to enjoy our visits, but we're especially interested in inspiring creativity, and in sharing with your students our love of writing. When not visiting schools, I am a professor at the University of Illinois. In that capacity, I have written three academic books and dozens of research articles and book chapters. That experience has made me an enthusiastic, passionate proponent of writing in schools. I will share that passion with your students."
Poetry & Music:
We'll provide as many presentations as you can fit in a school day. At many schools, Jeff has been in one room and Jordan, Sergio or Tim in another, so that every student sees two assemblies.
We do everything possible to keep expenses low. We are based in the Midwest, and many schools in the region are within driving distance for us (e.g., Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Toledo).SET-UP AND EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
For writing workshops with students in 3rd grade and above, a dry-erase board.
We're happy to provide book/CD order forms in advance of our visits, and to bring books and CDs with us to your school. We'll schedule autographing sessions at your convenience.
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