Billy Jonas honed his craft at Oberlin College where he obtained a degree in music. Composer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist, he performs original songs, stories & improvisations with voice, guitar & ‘industrial re-percussion’–instruments made from found, foraged & recycled objects. He is known for highly engaging, energetic performances with songs that celebrate community & personal & planetary ecology. Billy believes that creating a bright future starts with kids. His goal is to plant musical seeds that help grow creative, open-minded, engaged & open-hearted citizens. His CDs have garnered honors & critical acclaim with a NY Times “Best” listing, & Parents’ Choice Gold Awards.
Minimum number of performances and/or workshops required for travel or hire :
1 if routed in area; 2 if not routed
Assembly Performance: Who's Gonna Make Our Music?!
This program is all about participation! Concerts include sing-a-longs, bang-a-longs, and an improvised song with audience suggestions. Instruments include voices, guitar and homemade, recyclable objects and instruments. This is a think-outside-the-box experience that leaves students with a reverence for the earth and the importance of recycling, as well as the knowledge that there is music and joy inside of each and every one of them! Themes include ecological awareness, community connection, and various curriculum-related songs. In-person and virtual options are available for this program.
Duration: 45-50 minutes
Grade Level: Pre-K, Elementary School
Maximum Number of Students: PreK-1st: (300-350); 2nd-5th (400)
Maximum Number of Performances: 2
Technical Requirements: Electrical outlet and heavy duty extension cord.
NC Essential Standards: MUSIC 1.MR.a/2.MR.1 Understand the interacting elements to respond to music and music performances. 2.CR.1 / 5.CR.1 Understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with music 3.ML.3/ 5.ML.3 Create music using a variety of sound and notational sources SCIENCE 1.E.2 Understand the physical properties of Earth materials that make them useful in different ways. ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS L.3.4 Determine and/or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies: context clues, word parts, word relationships, and reference materials L.3.5 Demonstrate understanding of nuances in word meanings.
Cost: $750 - one program / $1300 - two programs (same day, same school)
Workshop: Music From Anything
In this workshop, students will create original instruments and musical sculptures from recyclable and found objects. The goals of this workshop are that students will engage in the creative process by designing and constructing an original instrument of their own creation; students will discover that everyone is a musician and that music can be made anywhere, anytime, with anyone and anything. In-person and virtual options are available for this program.
Duration: 60 minutes
Grade Level: Elementary School
Maximum Number of Students: 30
Maximum Number of Workshops: 4 workshops in same location
Technical Requirements: Complete workshop materials list available
NC Essential Standards: MUSIC 1.MR.a/2.MR.1 Understand the interacting elements to respond to music and music performances. 3.ML.3/ 5.ML.3 Create music using a variety of sound and notational sources SCIENCE 1.E.2 Understand the physical properties of Earth materials that make them useful in different ways.
Cost: $350 / Must be scheduled with Performance • $350 each/Minimum 2 in one day / same site; 4 workshops in one day / same site - $1300