Didgeridoo Down Under: Amazing K-12 Virtual Programs!
Elementary, Middle, High School
Music, Theatre, Storytelling, Motivational Speaking
The Arts, Social Studies, Science, Character Education
Our rates are determined by several factors. We offer different prices for in-person, live streaming and prerecorded videos. We love to give discounts for block booking! Contact Darren for a quote.
We are available year-round for virtual programs, and on select dates for in-person programs.
Since 2004, DDU performers have presented 8,000+ programs at schools and other venues in New York and nationwide. Until the pandemic subsides and schools start scheduling in-person assemblies, we will be offering only virtual programs.
We are experts in the virtual realm, and we have invested hundreds of hours in our professional production studio to create enthralling online shows and workshops. We offer both prerecorded videos and live streaming events, and we take pride in delivering high-quality and hassle-free virtual experiences!
We are offering 6 virtual programs for the 2020-21 school year …
1) Didgeridoo Down Under Show: Australian Music, Character Building & More! (K-5th promo video)
2) Didgeridoo Down Under Show: Australian Music, Culture & More! (6th-12th promo video)
3) Protect the Planet: Earth Science and Ecological Entertainment! for (3rd-8th promo video)
4) Adventures of the Wild, Wild Wolf: Unleash Your Inner Author! (K-5th)
5) Sonic Frontier: Science, Music & More (K-5th)
6) Aussie Funk Jam: Didgeridoo Workshop! (2nd-12th promo video)
Our promo videos can be viewed at www.didgedownunder.com/gallery.
Didgeridoo Down Under Show: Australian Music, Character Building & More (K-5th) – available now!
G’day! The Didgeridoo Down Under show is a unique fusion of Australian music, culture, science, comedy, character building, anti-bullying and audience participation. The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, and is known for its otherworldly sound. But DDU is much more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and super fun for all ages!
DDU supports the Dignity Act and will motivate your students … to act with kindness and acceptance, and to respect diversity … to get excited about learning and reading … to think creatively and imaginatively … to appreciate world music and art … to stand up against bullying … to protect the environment … and to become better global citizens!
DDU performer Rob Thomas is a true didgeridoo pioneer in the U.S. He has been making and playing didges for almost 30 years; has performed throughout the country; has recorded several albums; and has produced music for numerous films, including the IMAX movie Sacred Planet. Rob plays a variety of exotic didgeridoos throughout the show. He also uses a multitude of props – including motivational signs, vocabulary lists, maps, globes, artifacts, artwork and puppets – to deliver educational lessons and empowering messages about diversity, kindness, tolerance, and respect. Your students will be fully engaged with world-class educational entertainment!
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Didgeridoo Down Under Show: Australian Music, Culture & More! (6th-12th) – available starting October 2020
G’day, mate. Didgeridoo Down Under = Australian Music, Education, Entertainment for the Virtual Frontier!
Join us on an exotic adventure to the Land Down Under, as we teach about its unique cultures, people, creatures and more … all while grooving to the pulsing rhythms of the didgeridoo! DDU performers Rob Thomas and Tanya Gerard also will share stories and photos from their personal world travel archive, as they deliver inspiring messages about cultural diversity and the interconnectivity of all humans.
The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, and is known for its otherworldly sound. But DDU is much more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and highly entertaining!
DDU supports The Dignity Act and will motivate your students to … appreciate world music and art … act with kindness and acceptance … respect multiculturalism and diversity … think creatively and imaginatively … protect the environment … become better global citizens!
Rob and Tanya are true didgeridoo pioneers in the U.S. They have been making and playing didgeridoos for almost 30 years; have performed throughout the country; have recorded several albums; and have produced music for numerous films, including the IMAX movie Sacred Planet.
Protect the Planet: Earth Science & Ecological Entertainment! (3rd-8th) – available starting October 2020
Come join us on an epic adventure, from the birth of the universe to the age of the dinosaurs to the modern world. Using 21st century technology and awe-inspiring visuals, we’ll explain how the air we breathe was created; we’ll marvel at prehistoric creatures roaming primordial landscapes; we’ll explore a mysterious underground plant communication network (the Wood Wide Web); we’ll observe interactions between different animal species; and we’ll explain how to protect our beautiful and beloved Earth … all while listening to the pulsing, otherworldly sounds of the didgeridoo, one of the world’s oldest musical instruments.
Performers Rob Thomas & Tanya Gerard are a multi-talented duo that has performed at hundreds of schools, libraries, festivals and other venues nationwide over the past 20 years. They also have recorded several CDs and have produced music for numerous films, including the IMAX movie Sacred Planet. Rob & Tanya offer two different versions of the program, depending on the audience (elementary or middle school).
Adventures of the Wild, Wild Wolf: Unleash Your Inner Author! (K-5th) – available 2021
Deep in the mystical mountains of western North Carolina, if you listen quietly at night, you might hear the ancient and enthralling sound of … a wolf!
Although wolves no longer live in the wild in western NC, children’s author Tanya Gerard and her husband, Rob Thomas, have raised wolves and wolf-dog hybrids as pets for almost 20 years. Their pets – and their love of nature and storytelling – inspired Tanya to write a debut book, The Adventures of the Wild, Wild Wolf, and soon-to-be-published The Adventures of the Wild, Wild Wolf 2.
Tanya and Rob are now on a mission to motivate children to practice reading and writing, and to unlock their own inner author. In this engaging and fun K-5th program, Tanya and Rob will read and act out passages from her book, complimented by stunning photos and captivating videos of their wild pets. Throughout the program, Tanya and Rob will deliver motivational messages about reading, writing and life. Their messages are simple but important: Read as much as possible. Start by writing about what interests you. Keep writing, even if it’s not perfect. Follow your dreams!
Tanya and Rob are a multi-talented duo that has performed at hundreds of schools, libraries and other venues nationwide. They also have recorded several CDs and have produced music for numerous films, including the IMAX movie Sacred Planet.
Sonic Frontier: Science, Music & More! (K-5th) – available 2021
Boom, buzz, bang! Sound is a phenomenon that connects us all. In this interactive and upbeat STEAM program, William MacGavin and Rob Thomas will use engaging music, comedic skits and captivating props to teach about the fascinating world of sound. Students will learn what actually makes a sound; different uses of sound from across the world and across many species; and how sound waves even keep us alive!
William is a professional acoustician and engineer, and he has used the science of sound to make didgeridoos and to help design vibration-proof spaceships. Rob has been a professional musician and educational entertainer for almost 30 years. They both have performed for and educated audiences nationwide, and they are dedicated to encouraging students to explore science and the universe!
Aussie Funk Jam: Didgeridoo Workshop! (2nd-12th) – available now
The didgeridoo is an Australian Aboriginal instrument with an otherworldly sound that’s as exotic as its name. In this hands-on program, participants will learn how to play the “didge” – including animal sounds and simple rhythms – with household items such as cardboard tubes, paper towel rolls and PVC pipe.
Participants will … learn how to vocalize and create simple rhythms … learn the fundamental concepts of circular breathing … learn about Australia and Aboriginal culture … learn how to craft and paint their own didgeridoos (on their own time) … partake in an uplifting jam session … experience a naturally exhilarating, buzzing sensation!
This program is best for ages 8+ and 40 or less students, but mature youngsters and slightly larger groups are OK. We adjust our programs according to age levels and learning objectives. In our middle / high school workshop, for instance, we spend extra time teaching the fundamentals of circular breathing. The workshop works best as an accompaniment or follow-up to the Didgeridoo Down Under Show.
The Aussie Funk Jam is cool, funky and unique … a one-of-a-kind musical and cultural experience!