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Aussie Funk Jam: Didgeridoo Workshop!

Aussie Funk Jam: Didgeridoo Workshop!
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.

Artist Background

G’day! Didgeridoo Down Under is one of the most popular K-12 enrichment programs in the U.S. We specialize in weaving Australia-themed cultural arts, core curriculum, character building, motivational speaking and audience participation into high-energy shows and workshops for all ages. Since 2004, we’ve presented more than 7,000 programs at schools and other venues nationwide, but we’re based in North Carolina! DDU performers Rob Thomas and Tanya Gerard are true didgeridoo pioneers in the U.S. They have played and made didges for 20+ years; have recorded several albums; and have produced music for numerous films, including the IMAX move Sacred Planet. Tanya, who grew up in Australia, also has written a children's book, The Adventures of the Wild, Wild Wolf.


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