Music Programs

Music is an integral part of human experience. Used in celebrations, rituals, and everyday life, it expresses the heights and depths of human feelings and emotions, the joys and the sorrows encountered by all. Significantly the study of music combines human emotional experience and intellectual cognition. Music provides a means for creativity and self-expression. Through music, students learn that their thoughts and feelings can be communicated non-verbally by composing and improvising original music involving higher-order thinking processes, such as those involved in skill mastery, analysis and synthesis.(California State Framework for the Visual and Performing Arts)

Classroom Sessions

Self Esteem

Making Music
An educational program designed to complement and enhance the understanding of music. In this session, children discover three basic fundamentals of music-beat, rhythm and pitch-which enables them to develop basic music skills and comprehension. These fundamentals are reinforced with activites, reading music and singing. Most of the tunes are familiar to children, with words that restate the lesson. Visual aids and instruments are provided by the artist, as well as guitar and keyboard accompaniment.

Shelley Oeverndiek

K-6/ 30 students / 50 to 60 min / $100 first session $80 second at same site

Contact:
209-532-2826; 209-532-5021
shellyoonbighill@msn.com
Online Registration


Beauty Is
Stemming from the 1979-1988 television show, ‘The Facts of Life,” and its theme song, this program introduces lifes’ ”facts” as being thoughts, words and actions. Stories and discussion encourage the students to explore options and responsiblities necessary to maintain individual well being. Songs, accompanied by guitar and keyboard, reinforce feelings and circumstances common to youth while offering reliable guidance and decision-making tools.

Shelley Oeverndiek

K-6/ 30 students / 50 to 60 min / $100 first session $80 second at same site

Contact:
209-532-2826; 209-532-5021
shellyoonbighill@msn.com
Online Registration


Sing Me a Story
Childrens’ classical literature is the lyrical basis of songs that encourage participation, listening skills and creative thought. Aesop’s fables, Dr. Seuss, Edward Lear and others are brought to life by music and are accompanied by visual aids, guitar and keyboard.

Shelley Oeverndiek

K-4/ 30 students / 50 to 60 min / $100 first session $80 second at same site

Contact:
209-532-2826; 209-532-5021
shellyoonbighill@msn.com
Online Registration


Historic

Musical Treasures from the Gold Rush Era and America’s Frontier Days
A show presented by long time Gold Country Fiddler and Minstrel David Rainwater. This show emphasizes the important folk tunes from America’s earlier days and showcases the essential instruments used in playing them. Each instrument is demonstrated and its origins explained the fiddle/violin, mandolin, guitar, banjo, auto harp, Appalachian dulcimer, harmonica and washboard. Students are encouraged to sing along and participate in a question and answer time after the show. Dave is a long time award winning Appalachian and Americana style fiddler.

David Rainwater

K-6/ no limit students / 45 min / $200 first assembly; $50 each additional at same site

Contact:
209-743-9352
strumbug@aol.com
www.huckleberryfiddler.com
Online Registration


Sing and Play Folk Songs ~ with the Appalachain Dulcimer
Remember when California school songbooks included folk songs? Folk Songs? Oh yes, and the easiest way to learn folk singing is with the easiest instrument to play. In just minutes, students can strum, hum, and sing easy folk songs from the great American tradition. Dave provides each student with a dulcimer and basic songbook with an easy numbered fingering system. Students are shown how to hold it and strum with a pick and in minutes are able to sing along with Dave. Beginning tunes are introduced such as Go Tell Aunt Rhody, This Land is Your Land, Down in the valley, Sloop John B, On top of Old Smoky, Oh Susanna, Working on the Railroad, Red River Valley, Amazing Grace and many, many more.

David Rainwater

3-6/ 25 students / 45 min / $150 for 2 back to back classroom sessions, students provided with dulcimer, also available for purchase.

Contact:
209-743-9352
strumbug@aol.com
www.huckleberryfiddler.com
Online Registration


Catgut Strings and Rattlesnake Tales
A Fiddlers Journey exploring the fun, romance and folklore surrounding America’s First Favorite Folk Instrument: The Fiddle. Join Comic fiddler, Dave Rainwater on a wild, and educational musical journey exploring the roots and development of America’s own original folk music . With stories. original songs, poetry and lots of fiddling!

David Rainwater

6-12/ no limit students / 60 min / $200 first assembly; $50 each additional at same site

Contact:
209-743-9352
strumbug@aol.com
www.huckleberryfiddler.com
Online Registration


‘Way Out West in 1891’ with Dave Rainwater and Pat Kaunerts
In 1891 Samuel Langhorne Clemens(Mark Twain) hopped aboard the Overland Stage to the Nevada Territory. His adventures and his rise to fame began there. Join gold country fiddler and minstrel, Dave Rainwater and Mark Twain(Pat Kaunert) as they paint a unique picture of the life and times of the Gold Rush Era Some of the stories and songs included: “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, “The Genuine Mexican Plug”, “The Days of 49”, “Seeing the Elephant”, Twain’s “Blue Jay Yarn”, “The California Humbug” and many more songs and ’stretchers’ as Sam describes.

David Rainwater

4-12/ no limit students / 60 min / $200 first assembly; $50 each additional at same site

Contact:
209-743-9352
strumbug@aol.com
www.huckleberryfiddler.com
Online Registration


Musical Treasures from the Gold Rush Era and America’s Frontier Days
Dave Rainwater, the gold Country fiddler and minstrel takes us on an unforgettable journey back to the rough and tumble times of the California Gold Rush, the event that changed America and the World! Dave’s one man show includes a variety of folk instruments, painting a unique picture of the days of 49, and the minstrels who left us a treasured legacy. Journey back in time through stories, songs, poetry and of course…a good dose of humor and fiddling to boot!

David Rainwater

4-12/ no limit students / 60 min / $200 first assembly; $50 each additional at same site

Contact:
209-743-9352
strumbug@aol.com
www.huckleberryfiddler.com
Online Registration


California Story
Through narrative and song, students will learn about little known heroes and folk legends. Topics will include Captain jack and the Modoc Wars, the building of the Central Pacific Railroad through the Sierras, the Donner Party expedition, naturalist john Muir, the wreck of the steamship Brother Jonathan in 1865, the Bear Flag Revolt, the Eve of the Gold Rush and more.

Patrick Karnahan

3-12 / 30-60 students / 60 min / $80/performance; $138/2 successive

Contact:
209-532-8375
blackirish28@hotmail.com
Online Registration


Songs and Stories of the Sea
Historical songs will be performed to accompany a slide presentation of sailing ships provided by the San Francisco Maritime Museum. Exploration of early sea travel will focus on tall ships and tall tales. Topics will include life on a sailing ship, immigration to America, the west coast whaling industry, an overview of sea-loving authors from Melville to Verne, and legends of mermaids and sea monsters.

Patrick Karnahan

3-12 / 30-60 students / 60 min / $80/performance; $138/2 successive

Contact:
209-532-8375
blackirish28@hotmail.com
Online Registration


History of Ireland
Ireland’s rich and colorful past will be explored through its historical ballads. Over 500 years of Irish history will be covered, with different musical instruments being used to interpret the time periods. Eight songs will be performed from the time of O’Carrolin through the present day Irish rock band U2. The program will focus on Ireland’s fight for freedom, the famine years, and the foundation of the free state. (A second member of the Black Irish Band will join Patrick for this presentation.)

Patrick Karnahan

3-12 / 30-100 students / 60 min / $115/performance; $172/2 successive

Contact:
209-532-8375
blackirish28@hotmail.com
Online Registration


Music and Storytelling
Traditional American folk songs and stories from around the world are offered in a lively oral tradition. All the songs and movement activities are participatory and interactive, with emphasis on building listening skills, improving sensory-motor integration and rhythm, building attention capacities, exploring feelings, and having fun in the process. All songs and stories are age and developmentally appropriate and, when possible, related to the season. Please let Bill know in advance what the children are working on so he can shape the material to augment and enhance their lessons.

Bill Roberson

Preschool-4 / 25-30 students / 60 min / $60

Contact:
209-533-9317
mccoolson@mlode.com
Online Registration


World Music

World Music Beat
Calaveras County students have been delighted for years and now the Dyken brothers are coming to Tuolumne County schools! Customizing each session to meet class and curriculum needs, they teach basic drumming techniques, improvisational music, cultural history and drum making. They specialize in presenting a comparative study of different musical styles from around the world, scheduling their offerings on a one-time basis or as a series.

Mark and Bear Dyken

K-12 / 30 students /45 – 60 min / $100-single presenter;$200-two presenters

Contact:
209-736-6736
mdyken@goldrush.com
Online Registration


Performances / Assemblies

World Music Beat
Calaveras County students have been delighted for years and now the Dyken brothers are coming to Tuolumne County schools! Customizing each session to meet class and curriculum needs, they teach basic drumming techniques, improvisational music, cultural history and drum making. They specialize in presenting a comparative study of different musical styles from around the world, scheduling their offerings on a one-time basis or as a series.

Mark and Bear Dyken

K-12 / 30 students /45 – 60 min / $100-single presenter;$200-two presenters

Contact:
209-736-6736
mdyken@goldrush.com
Online Registration


Dust Bowl Brothers
Mark and Bear Dyken share a piece of California’s rich history of the Dust Bowl. Playing two brothers who come to California in the late 1930′s, the period is brought to life through storytelling and the distinctive songs of Woodie Guthrie and others who documented the era in music.

Mark and Bear Dyken

2-8 / 200 students / 45-60 min / $200

Contact:
209-736-6736
mdyken@goldrush.com
Online Registration


Musical Treasures from the Gold Rush Era and America’s Frontier Days
A show presented by long time Gold Country Fiddler and Minstrel David Rainwater. This show emphasizes the important folk tunes from America’s earlier days and showcases the essential instruments used in playing them. Each instrument is demonstrated and its origins explained the fiddle/violin, mandolin, guitar, banjo, auto harp, Appalachian dulcimer, harmonica and washboard. Students are encouraged to sing along and participate in a question and answer time after the show. Dave is a long time award winning Appalachian and Americana style fiddler.

David Rainwater

K-6/no limit students / 45 min / $200 first assembly, $50 each additional at same site

Contact:
209-743-9352
strumbug@aol.com
www.huckleberryfiddler.com
Online Registration


Catgut Strings and Rattlesnake Tales
A Fiddlers Journey exploring the fun, romance and folklore surrounding America’s First Favorite Folk Instrument: The Fiddle. Join Comic fiddler, Dave Rainwater on a wild, and educational musical journey exploring the roots and development of America’s own original folk music . With stories. original songs, poetry and lots of fiddling!

David Rainwater

6-12/ no limit students / 60 min / $200 first assembly; $50 each additional at same site

Contact:
209-743-9352
strumbug@aol.com
www.huckleberryfiddler.com
Online Registration


‘Way Out West in 1891’ with Dave Rainwater and Pat Kaunerts
In 1891 Samuel Langhorne Clemens(Mark Twain) hopped aboard the Overland Stage to the Nevada Territory. His adventures and his rise to fame began there. Join gold country fiddler and minstrel, Dave Rainwater and Mark Twain(Pat Kaunert) as they paint a unique picture of the life and times of the Gold Rush Era Some of the stories and songs included: “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, “The Genuine Mexican Plug”, “The Days of 49”, “Seeing the Elephant”, Twain’s “Blue Jay Yarn”, “The California Humbug” and many more songs and ’stretchers’ as Sam describes.

David Rainwater

4-12/ no limit students / 60 min / $200 first assembly; $50 each additional at same site

Contact:
209-743-9352
strumbug@aol.com
www.huckleberryfiddler.com
Online Registration


Musical Treasures from the Gold Rush Era and America’s Frontier Days
Dave Rainwater, the gold Country fiddler and minstrel takes us on an unforgettable journey back to the rough and tumble times of the California Gold Rush, the event that changed America and the World! Dave’s one man show includes a variety of folk instruments, painting a unique picture of the days of 49, and the minstrels who left us a treasured legacy. Journey back in time through stories, songs, poetry and of course…a good dose of humor and fiddling to boot!

David Rainwater

4-12/ no limit students / 60 min / $200 first assembly; $50 each additional at same site

Contact:
209-743-9352
strumbug@aol.com
www.huckleberryfiddler.com
Online Registration


California Story
Through narrative and song, students will learn about little known heroes and folk legends. Topics will include Captain jack and the Modoc Wars, the building of the Central Pacific Railroad through the Sierras, the Donner Party expedition, naturalist john Muir, the wreck of the steamship Brother Jonathan in 1865, the Bear Flag Revolt, the Eve of the Gold Rush and more.

Patrick Karnahan

3-12 / 200 students / 60 min / $100

Contact:
209-532-8375
blackirish28@hotmail.com
Online Registration


George Chance: A Tuolumne County Family’s Story
The fictional character, George Chance, brings Tuolumne County history to life with a multi-media presentation. This program describes five generations of a local family, from the Gold Rush to Modern Day. Projected historical photos illustrate the past while original songs and storytelling take the audience there and back. The stories, music and illustrations combine to create a sense of history, family and place-all told with a sense of humor!

Mark Stoltenberg

4-12 / no limit students /40 min+15 min Q&A / $225 or 2/ back to back $400

Contact:
209-928-3436; 768-3441
stoltenberg@mlode.com
Online Registration


History of Ireland
Ireland’s rich and colorful past will be explored through its historical ballads. Over 500 years of Irish history will be covered, with different musical instruments being used to interpret the time periods. Eight songs will be performed from the time of O’Carrolin through the present day Irish rock band U2. The program will focus on Ireland’s fight for freedom, the famine years, and the foundation of the free state. (A second member of the Black Irish Band will join Patrick for this presentation.)

Patrick Karnahan

3-12 / 200 students/ 60 min / $172(2 presenters)

Contact:
209-532-8375
blackirish28@hotmail.com
Online Registration


Music and Storytelling
TRADITIONAL AMERICAN folk songs and stories from around the world are offered in a lively oral tradition. All the songs and movement activities are participatory and interactive, with emphasis on building listening skills, improving sensory-motor integration and rhythm, building attention capacities, exploring feelings, and having fun in the process. All songs and stories are age and developmentally appropriate and, when possible, related to the season. Please let Bill know in advance what the children are working on so he can shape the material to augment and enhance their lessons.

Bill Roberson

Preschool-4 / 60-300 students / 50-60 min / $250

Contact:
209-533-9317
mccoolson@mlode.com
Online Registration


Residencies

Orff-Schulwerk: Music in the Classroom
Orff Schulwerk is an international music teaching philosophy. Students will express themselves and create music using movement, pitched and un-pitched percussion instruments, body percussion, children’s literature, theater,and language.They will co-create simple musical forms. Individual class experiences or short residencies available.

Louise McPeeters

K-4/ 28 students / by arrangement of time/$

Contact:
209-928-1515
louisal@frontiernet.net
Online Registration

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