GRADES 6-12

(All programs are 45 minutes long unless otherwise indicated.)

GHOST STORIES AND MARITIME MYSTERIES – Concert/Lecture

Traverse the seas and the centuries.  Meet some watery ghosts and investigate some of the facts and fiction about several chilling events on the Great Lakes and the Saltwater Seas.

Focus Areas:  science, social studies, language arts, music.

Audience: general public; special populations and families; groups of up to 250 students or campers grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult.

A PIRATE'S LIFE Concert/Lecture

Set sail on a tall ship for a pirate adventure across the seven seas limited only by the boundaries of your imagination as guided by maritime lore, language, songs, and stories.   Go in search of treasure, hear the cannons roar, and meet bold buccaneers of days gone by.  Find out the real stories of Captain Kidd and Blackbeard! 

Focus Areas: science, social studies, language arts, music. 

Audience: general public; special populations and families; groups of up to 250 students or campers grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult. 

DOWN BELOW THE WAVES – Concert/Lecture

Discover what it takes to be an underwater detective. Through song and story, learn about traditional sailing, historic ships, and the tools it takes to be an underwater archeologist.  Dive below the waves; describe the artifacts; do the math; understand the science – solve the mystery! 

Focus Areas: science, math, social studies, language arts, music. 

Audience: general public; groups of up to 250 students or campers grades K-3; grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult. 

EARTHWAYS, WATERWAYS – Concert/Lecture

Learn how to take an active part in the stewardship of the Earth.  Visit wetlands, oceans, forests, valleys, mountains, and rivers through story and song.  Review the water cycle, habitats, biomagnification, and find out how to participate in shipboard environmental programs. Discover how children and adults can make a difference in their own neighborhoods and the world. 

Focus Areas: science and ecology, social studies, language arts, music. 

Audience: general public; groups of up to 250 students or campers grades K-3; grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult. 

SONGS FOR A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT – Workshop (1 hour)

(Suggested as a companion to EARTHWAYS, WATERWAYS.)

Learn how to overcome writer's block, how to improvise, how to improve your performance and public speaking skills. In a small group format, write, arrange, rehearse and perform an original song that can help create awareness about stewardship of our waterways in just 60 minutes! Every participant will get to take home an original environmental song modeled on a traditional sea shanty. 

Focus Areas: language arts/creative writing/communication skills, science, social studies. 

Audience: classroom size group of to 25 students or campers grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult. 

ADVENTURES AT SEA – Concert/Lecture 

Sail aboard a Tall Ship in a simulation of song and story; today and yesterday.  Hoist the anchor, set the sail, swab the deck, weather a storm, plot a course, learn the customs, and speak the language as part of a ship’s able bodied crew.  Find out how to become a member of a crew on a traditionally rigged vessel that sails today! 

Focus Areas: science, social studies/history/culture, language arts, music. 

Audience: general public; groups of up to 250 students or campers grades K-3; grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult. 

LET'S WRITE A SHANTEY – Workshop (1 hour)

(Suggested as a companion to ADVENTURES AT SEA)

Learn how to overcome writer's block, how to improvise, how to improve your performance and public speaking skills. In a small group structure, write, arrange, rehearse, and perform a work song in just 60 minutes! Every participant will get to take home a newly created work song modeled on a traditional sea shantey.

Focus Areas: language arts/creative writing/communication skills, music, social studies/ history/culture. 

Audience: classroom size group of to 25 students or campers grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult. 

A WHALE OF A TALE – Concert/Lecture

Learn about the world’s whales and of how our attitudes have changed over time. Hear how it used to be to chase the mighty whale and find out why we don’t need to any longer. This program was originally developed for the John G. Shedd Aquarium. Explore the life and times of our cetacean friends through songs and stories. 

Focus Areas: science, social studies, language arts, music.

Audience: general public; special populations and families; groups of up to 250 students or campers grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult. 

MAKING SCRIMSHAW – Workshop (1 hour)

(Suggested as a companion to A WHALE OF A TALE)

Scrimshaw is the traditional art form of etching line drawings into animal bone, ivory, teeth, and horn. This workshop may be used in conjunction with the study of such topics as maritime history and geography, whales, whaling, the oceans, elephants, and Africa. This workshop will demonstrate how to work with line drawing and etching in an inexpensive ivory-like medium using a simple tool and washable ink. 

Focus Areas: visual art, science, social studies. 

Audience: classroom size group of to 25 students or campers grades 4-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult.

THAT TIME OF YEAR - Concert

This program features original and traditional songs and stories of a chosen season or holiday such as: the Seasons, Christmas, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Valentine’s Day. 

Focus Areas:  social studies, language arts, music.

Audience: general public; special populations and families; groups of up to 250 students or campers grades K-3; grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult.

CREATIVE WRITING AND PERFORMANCE - Residency (1 - 4 Weeks)

Artist does performance for whole school population and classroom activities with non-core group students. The topical focus depends upon the area of study. Core Group outcomes for this residency 1) write, arrange, rehearse and perform a short work song in a small group setting 2) review the elements of a story and analyze a ballad 3) research and write an original ballad as a solo or in a small group 4) learn and practice the principles of performance 5) incorporate the original ballads into a live performance for the community 6) incorporate instruments and/or puppets into a full-length production (time permitting).

Focus Areas:  science, social studies, language arts, visual art, music, theater, dance. 

Audience: whole school and a core group of classroom size group of to 25 students or campers grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12; children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other responsible adult.