School Assemblies and Workshops
Alastair Moock is a 2013 GRAMMY Nominee, two-time Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Winner, and recipient of the ASCAP Children’s Music Award. A songwriter and performer for more than 20 years, Moock is committed to celebrating the roots of American music while knocking down the walls between different audiences, genres and musical traditions. He plays everything from nightclubs to theaters to schoolrooms, and his audiences range from adults to preschoolers. Like his boyhood hero, Woody Guthrie, Moock believes in the power of music to reach all people — young and old, far and wide, for all occasions.
Music and Social Change (Grades 4-12)
Alastair introduces students to the music that shaped and connected three of America’s most important movements for social change: the Labor Rights Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Anti-War Movement of the 1960′s and 1970′s. Through Moock’s narrative storytelling and musical talents, and an engaging visual presentation, students journey from the Great Depression through the unrest of the Civil Rights and Vietnam eras, learning about the impact of music and arts on society during these critical time periods, and making connections between American history and the world we live in today. Students will walk away with a greater understanding of this country and its culture.
The Language of Song / The Song of Language (Grades 3-5)
Alastair brings his guitar and his passion for American folk music to teach students language arts skills in this lively, interactive workshop. Using well known folk songs, contemporary tunes, and gems from his own catalog, Alastair helps students identify key concepts such as subject, mood, setting, and point of view, and to recognize how writers use rhythm and sonic patterns like rhyme and alliteration to pull in readers (or, in this case, listeners). After some singing and discussion, kids put what they’ve learned to work, crafting new verses for one of Alastair’s original songs. Given that most students tend to learn writing concepts only through poetry and prose, Moock’s presentation gives students a fresh perspective on the power and fun of language all around them. Students leave feeling empowered and inspired to express themselves through writing.
Voices of American Folk: Playing with Tradition (Grades PreK-3)
American folk music, like all folk music, is rooted in tradition. But the form is constantly evolving, with songwriters reworking older songs to tell new stories. In this lively, upbeat performance full of participatory singing and dancing, Alastair introduces young students to a diverse group of American musicians who have used folk music to teach lessons, chronicle history, inspire courage, champion causes, celebrate victories and simply make people happy. Students will meet Woody Guthrie, Mississippi John Hurt, Pete Seeger, and other heroes of American folk, and learn how Dr. King and others used the American song tradition to help inspire change during the Civil Rights movement. Alastair also sings some of his own playful compositions to show how a contemporary folk singer incorporates the folk tradition into his life and work.
Alastair’s writing workshops are intended for smaller classroom settings of 10-25 kids. They are available separately and as a package with his assembly programs.
Songwriting 101 (Grades 3-12)
Alastair teaches students effective writing techniques and literacy skills through fun, small-group songwriting games that challenge students to build on the lyrics of classic American songs and original works.
Alastair’s residency programs begin with a “Language of Song” assembly, followed by a negotiable number of classes focused on writing, practicing, and performing.
Build a School Song (Grades 3-6)
Every school needs its own song, or so Alastair Moock believes. Writing an original song from scratch is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn important language arts skills while also engaging in a powerful community-building exercise. Over the course of several sessions, Alastair works with students to brainstorm ideas, and then write and perform a song that reflects unique qualities of the school and student body. At the end of the residency, students will have a finished and recorded song, a new appreciation for writing, and an experience they will never forget.
*In most cases, residencies are only available within the I-95 corridor of Boston (close to where Alastair lives).
Concerts and Fundraisers
Sometimes schools are looking for something a little less academic and a little more rockin.’ Alastair Moock and Friends perform concerts for kids and families all over the country — they’re available to play your school concert or fundraiser, too!
“Alastair presented possibly the best multimedia program (spoken word, pictures, singing, and truly fine guitar playing) that I have ever seen in an assembly in my 35 years of teaching. He had the students singing and clapping with him at the end. A superb performance, and great teaching, too!”
– Bill Rogers, Middle School History Teacher, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (Cambridge, MA)
“Our seventh and eighth graders were captivated by Mr. Moock’s warm presence, cool singing style, and great guitar playing. Students and teachers were buzzing about his program for the rest of the day!”
– Laurie Katz, Theater Teacher, Weston Middle School (Weston, MA)
“The kids are still talking about Alastair’s amazing presentation on Tuesday. I know this was one of those experiences our students will take with them for the rest of their lives.”
– Brian Gellerstein, Music Teacher, Tobin Elementary School (Cambridge, MA)
“Alastair performed at the Dedham Early Education Center and he was AMAZING! I am so excited that we brought him in. The teachers and students loved him too.”
– Elizabeth Lyman, PTO member, Dedham Early Education Center (Dedham, MA)
“Alastair! We can’t thank you enough for the fantastic work you did with our students. You did an unbelievable job from start to finish! They all learned so much and they have their very own song to take away from the experience. Thank you thank you thank you!!!”
– Randi Goodwin, PTO member, Glover Elementary School (Marblehead, MA)
“Alastair’s time with our students was extremely productive. He comes well-planned and his inclusion of literacy components brings this experience to a whole new level.”
– Mena Ciarlone, Principal, Cunniff Elementary School (Watertown, MA)
“Here’s the thing about Alastair: He is really genuine, and it comes across. He cares about this music and kids, and he conveys his passion for it in an accessible and enjoyable way.”
– Shelley Sommers, Library Director, Inly School (Scituate, MA)
Please contact Stephanie Rothschild by email or at 212-421-0592 for scheduling & pricing info.