arts + education

music performances

Young Audiences of Houston offers diverse arts-in-education performance programming for PK-12 students in an assembly setting. These innovative and culturally diverse programs introduce students to the arts through a balance of demonstration and student interaction through the highest quality artistry. Each performance program is aligned with the Texas state curricula and offers curriculum ties, classroom activities and discussion ideas, extension activities, program goals, objectives, vocabulary words, and teacher resources. All performances are 45 minutes.

Below you'll find information about:

  • Performances: For a student assembly, performances introduce students to an art form or culture through a balance of demonstration and student interaction.

For more information please call 713.520.9264 or email us at scheduling@yahouston.org.​

 

 

Crocro y su Tumbaká

Jorge Orta & Orchestra Tumbaka

These concerts for Young People will take you on a musical journey of some of Jazz’s most iconic figures: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie. Hear the stories and anecdotes from their colorful lives, their individual impacts on Jazz, and enjoy the timeless sounds that made each of them American Jazz treasures. Each of these concerts can be extended to 90 minutes and feature each artist individually.

*Subsidies available, call for details.

PERFORMANCE

Single Performance

Back to Back

Performance

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

K-12

500

$2,400

$1,950

History & Songs of the Mardi Gras Indians

Joseph Dixon

This interactive musical performance introduces students the history of the Mardi Gras Indian tribes of New Orleans. Musician Joseph Dixon engages students are in sing-alongs and chants of traditional call and response patterns and phrases that are still significant in contemporary music. They learn of the duties of the Big Chief, Flag Boy, and Spy Boy and the roles they play during their walk on Mardi Gras day and Saint Joseph’s Night while also experiencing opportunities to accompany the artist with music-making while singing traditional songs, such as “Indian Red” and “Iko Iko”.

PERFORMANCE

Single Performance

Back to Back

Performance

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

PK-5

250

$385

$300

Let's Play Together

Joseph Dixon with JAWAD

This uniquely inclusive performance is designed for audiences with both, children of special needs and children without. Using storytelling and music making, the show works to promote acceptance, respect and teamwork among all children. Participants learn of the three main parts of a story (character, setting, and plot) while exploring the history and similarities and differences of the guitar and Djembe drums. The show engages the students in a lesson that covers two elements of music, (timbre and dynamics) and ends with audience members invited to join in the live music-making community drum circle using instruments from various cultures and all appear very different. The challenge will be to use the unique strengths of each instrument to play a role in making drum circle music that sounds delightful to all.

PERFORMANCE

Single Performance

Back to Back

Performance

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

1-5

250

$385

$350

Introduction to Latin Rhythms

Marlon Simon

Marlon Simmons presents an educational performance by his Latin jazz trio. Through this program, students will learn about the origins and development of the Tumbadora, better known in the United States as the conga drum. Sounds of the congas drum and hand techniques and how a combination of the sounds in different sequences create rhythms that will energize and spark student curiosity.

PERFORMANCE

Single Performance

Back to Back

Performance

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

3-12

350

$880

$690

Teamwork Makes It Work!

Paragon Brass Ensemble

Using humor and music, five musicians explain how teamwork, communication, and cooperation are needed to produce music. With the help of the trombone, French horn, tuba, and trumpet, students see the great results derived from teamwork and cooperation. The concepts of melody, bass line, rounds, fugue, as well as other musical ideas are introduced in interesting ways. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to participate, listen carefully, and recognize various instruments and their individual musical qualities.

PERFORMANCE

Single Performance

Back to Back

Performance

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

K-5

300

$850

$730

Texas, Alive with Music

Paragon Brass Ensemble

View the sweeping pageantry of Texas history through music. From early Spanish exploration and the first settlement by American frontiersmen to the Battle for Independence and the Civil War, music has given voice to the land of Texas. Listen and learn as Paragon Brass traces this epic saga with musical selections relating Texas’ journey from colonization to independent nation to the Lone Star State.

PERFORMANCE

Single Performance

Back to Back

Performance

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

3-12

300

$850

$730

Marimba Madness

Rice African Music Ensemble

Marimba Madness is an exciting musical performance that takes students on an interactive cultural journey around the world. Using drums and marimbas from Africa and Latin America, musician Andrew Keller and the Rice African Music Ensemble explain the history behind these instruments as well as teach traditional songs and stories, play interactive games and even give students an opportunity to play the instruments themselves.  This presentation reinforces themes of community, cooperation and respect for one’s history, while displaying how traditional music has been important to composers in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 

Available only in the summer.

PERFORMANCE

Single Performance

Back to Back

Performance

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

K-12

300

$900

$730

Narratives and Nature

Shawn Head

In this performance, students will gain insights from a Shakuhachi Master Shawn Head while gaining a deeper appreciation and understanding of traditional Japanese bamboo flute music and storytelling.

PERFORMANCE

Single Performance

Back to Back

Performance

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

K-12

75

$400

$315

Gilgamesh

Susan McDonald

In the land of Iraq, which was once known as Uruk, a clay tablet was discovered – the world’s oldest known book! The tablet was broken (it was 4,000 years old!), but the story is timeless – it still can be told. So begins guitarist and composer Susan McDonald’s retelling of the epic of Gilgamesh. The oldest known work of literature, “Gilgamesh”, deals with such universal themes as friendship, loss, and grief. The story is important not only for its place in history but also for its relevant life lessons. Susan McDonald elicits a visceral response to the literary work through her musical engagement with the story.

PERFORMANCE

Single Performance

Back to Back

Performance

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

6-12

200

$625

$535

Spanish Caravan

Susan McDonald

If you love the music of Spain, you're sure to be delighted by this program. This classical guitar concert will take you on a musical journey through the history of Spain from the earliest days of Moorish occupation into the Age of Exploration and the courtly days of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Travel through the gardens of the Alhambra and on camel through the desert, followed by a colorful music tour through the regions of Spain.

PERFORMANCE

Single Performance

Back to Back

Performance

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

6-12

200

$625

$535

The Aquarium: A Marine Micro Ballet

Susan McDonald

Guitarist/composer/poet Susan McDonald combines science and music to showcase creatures of the marine aquarium. Through video and music, Susan uses humor to bring to life terms such as symbiosis, proboscis, camouflage, and aposematic. Join Susan on this delightful, aquatic adventure.

PERFORMANCE

Single Performance

Back to Back

Performance

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

PK-6

200

$625

$535

Yasuni: Dances in the Rainforest

Susan McDonald

Inspired by her travel through the Ecuadorian rainforest, the worlds most bio-diverse region, guitarist/composer Susan McDonald brings you her latest program Yasuni: Dances from the Rainforest. Part of her Animal Ballet series, audiences will be treated to a multi-sensory combination of live video and folk rhythms with themes taken from the sounds, and sights, of birds, insects and amphibians. The music ranges from ethereal to boisterous and takes the listener into a rare and fragile world whose mysteries are hidden from modern civilization.

PERFORMANCE

Single Performance

Back to Back

Performance

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

PK-6

200

$625

$535

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Tom's Fun Band

Mr. Tom of Tom’s Fun Band uses music and comedy to make learning about preserving our natural resources fun and thought provoking. Participants will learn how to reduce the amount we waste by making small changes everyday. Reusing things is made fun when participants are challenged to use their imagination to repurpose found objects. Finally, recycling will be explained and practiced in a musically interactive way. Your students will chant, clap and sing along with this popular duo as they learn more about their role in conservation.

PERFORMANCE

Single Performance

Back to Back

Performance

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

K-5

350

$575

$380

The Science of Sound

Tom's Fun Band

Who said learning about vibrations, sound waves, air molecules, and frequency isn’t fun? This new and highly interactive performance uses music demonstration to teach the science of sound. Demonstrations of unique sounds will be introduced to students through a performance by the guitar! Students will be encouraged to sing, move, listen, and identify sound characteristics as we explore how sound is produced, how sound moves, and how sound is perceived.

PERFORMANCE

Single Performance

Back to Back

Performance

Participant Limit

Grade Levels

K-5

350

$575

$380

Phone: 713.520.9267

Office: 4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 230, Houston, TX 77027

Young Audiences, Inc. of Houston © 2019