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The didgeridoo is an Australian Aboriginal musical instrument with an otherworldly sound that's as exotic as its name. In this upbeat workshop, participants learn to play the "didge," including animal sounds and simple rhythms, with beginner didgeridoos. Participants also learn how to craft and paint their own didgeridoos (on their own time) with household items like cardboard tubes. The Aussie Funk Jam is cool, funky and unique . . . a one-of-a-kind musical and cultural experience! This program is best for ages 8+ and 40 or fewer students, but mature youngsters and slightly larger groups are OK. Programs are adjusted according to age levels and learning objectives. In workshops for middle/high school, for example, extra time is spent teaching the fundamentals of circular breathing. The workshop works best as an accompaniment or follow-up to the Didgeridoo Down Under Show.
DDU is one of the most popular K-12 programs in the U.S. Since 2003, DDU performers have presented more than 5,000+ shows and workshops at schools and other venues. The multi-talented duo of Rob Thomas and Tanya Gerard are true didgeridoo pioneers in the U.S. They have played and made didgeridoos, and have taught thousands of people to play the didge, for 20-plus years. They've recorded several CDs, and have produced music for numerous films. They now are full-time DDU "edu-tainers." They focus on empowering kids to become better global citizens through messages about character building, environmentalism and literacy. Tanya grew up in Australia, and both she and Rob have traveled extensively abroad. They now live in North Carolina.