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After one of our performances, a principal remarked in amazement that this was the first assembly where his students were quieter at the conclusion than when they had arrived. We think this comment truly reflects the essence of what we share in our assemblies.

In this fast moving world with all its energy and extremes, it is difficult to attract, hold and impress our young people. The Collecting Consort abandons the concept of hype for attraction and instead approaches them on an emotional level. We share stories containing history, insight, and humor, encouraging them to connect personally with their heritage.

In each performance, we blend music, drama, poetry, stories, sounds of nature, and narration. Our Celtic harp, keyboard, hammered dulcimer, whistles and flutes deliver appealing arrangements of familiar folk, classical and contemporary music.

We have spent over a quarter of a century as public school teachers and facilitators of personal and emotional growth. Our expertise in these areas leaves us well qualified to gear our program's content, language, and approach to audiences of all ages, preschool through college.

You may choose from one of the following programs, or we will work with your staff to prepare an assembly that focuses on a particular area of interest or study. Because of our desire to have personal contact with your students, we like to limit the size of our audiences to 200 or less.

As a result of the success with our recent Artists in Residence experience in the Midland area schools, we would like to suggest you consider a workshop(s) for some of your students (limit of 30) prior to our assembly.  During the workshop, we will provide an opportunity for your students to explore and express their creativity.  Then we will ask them to join the Collecting Consort during the assembly to share their creations with their peers.  This collaboration will be a "win - win" situation for all involved, and the students' investment will add an important personal component to the assembly. 


THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES
(Upper elementary and above)

This wonderful story by world renown French author, Jean Giono, touched us deeply when we first read it many years ago.  It tells of a man who lost his family, and went to live a solitary life in a desolate area of France.  Raising sheep for his livelihood, he took it upon himself to re-forest the land by planting 100 acorns a day.  

The narrator of the story tells about the many visits he makes through the years to visit Elzeard Bouffier, planter of trees.  The time period of the story extends from the First World War to the Second World War and documents the development of a luscious natural habitat, including animals, springs, etc. during the passing of 30 years.  This unselfish contribution of Elzeard Bouffier is an ideal story for suggesting to our young people, that they, as individuals, can make a difference.  

 


SO, YOU WANT TO BE A HERO
(This program is still in the formulation stage and will not be completed until we have received a booking for it)

We too, are concerned about the self-orientation of many of our young people today.  While this focus has value for the self-concept, self-orientation can lead to a lack of awareness of others.  We suspect this lack of awareness may be connected to some of the violence occurring within our schools.

In response, we have created SO, YOU WANT TO BE A HERO.  This assembly will share the qualities of the "hero" based upon the CHARACTER COUNTS six pillars.  Stories and monologues about past and present heroes will be presented.   Appropriate Collecting Consort music will assist by creating emotional connections with the stories. 


MICHIGAN'S HERITAGE

This montage of narration, drama, stories, nature sounds and Collecting Consort music covers Michigan's history from the Ice Age and the Native Americans to the preservation of its future. Students are given personal introductions to many of the ethnic groups who have created Michigan. There will be a wide variety of music to represent these groups along with a visit from Henry Ford and a reading from "Hiawatha" by Longfellow.

(Click here for STUDY GUIDE for Michigan's Heritage Assembly)


A CELEBRATION OF THE SEASONS

This program utilizes music, stories, poetry, and nature sounds to traverse the variety of changes provided by our earth as we circle around our sun.


MUSIC, A FORM OF EXPRESSION

Music has often been defined as the universal language. In this assembly, we introduce students to how the creative musical note can tell a story, set a mood, paint a picture, or touch important emotions. We introduce them to the process of imagery and help them to realize their own creative feelings and ideas are valuable and special.


Having worked for the past 35 years as teachers and counselors, we have had considerable experience in facilitating group and individual creativity. We will work with your staff to design experiences that fit your students and their needs (limit of 30 students). We can work in general with your classes, introducing them to the processes involved in all the creative arts, or we can work specifically with music, drama, writing, or visual arts classes. We reward both individual and group creativity, demonstrating how the creative process can be fun, exciting, and a personally valuable adventure.

 


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989-287-1134
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Box 272
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