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Alastair Moock is a 2014 GRAMMY Nominee, two-time Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Winner, and recipient of the ASCAP Joe Raposo 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 has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, playing everything from nightclubs to theaters to schoolrooms. 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.


Social Justice & History Programs

Playing with Tradition Assembly (Grades PreK-3)
AssemblyAmerican 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, 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.

Singing Their Way Through Assembly (Grades 3-5)
Assembly
Using a combination of original and historical material, Alastair demonstrates the ways in which American music has been used to inspire courage and fuel broader social movements. Students will learn how Woody Guthrie grew into a champion for workers’ rights, how Dr. King used music in his fight to end segregation, how Bob Dylan used song craft to protest an unpopular war, and how Alastair and his daughter turned a personal journey through cancer into an uplifting album for “the world’s bravest kids.” Students will sing, laugh, and learn important lessons about their nation’s past.

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Music and Social Change Assembly (Grades 5-12)
AssemblyIn this, the most detailed of Alastair’s programs on social justice, students are introduced 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 ’60s and ’70s. 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 our country and its culture.

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Language Arts Programs

Language of Song Assembly (Grades 3-5)
AssemblyAlastair brings his guitar and his passion for American folk music to teach students language arts skills in this lively, interactive program. 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 singing and discussion, kids put what they’ve learned to work, helping to craft a new verse for one of Alastair’s original songs. Moock’s presentation gives students a fresh perspective on the power and fun of language and leaves them feeling inspired and empowered to express themselves through writing.

Songwriting 101 Workshop (Grades 3-12)
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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.

QuoteBuild a School Song Residency (Grades 3-5)*
ResidencyEvery 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. Alastair’s residency program begins with a “Language of Song” assembly, followed by several classes in which 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.

*Because they require multiple visits, residencies are generally only available within 50 miles of Boston.

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Concerts and Fundraisers

New York City

 
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!

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Testimonials

“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)

“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)

“An unbelievable job from start to finish! Our kids learned so much and they now 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)

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“Alastair performed at the Dedham Early Education Center and he was AMAZING! I am so glad we brought him in.”
– Elizabeth Lyman, PTO member, Dedham Early Education Center (Dedham, MA)

“The kids are still talking about Alastair’s amazing presentation. This was one of those experiences I know our students will take with them for the rest of their lives.”
– Brian Gellerstein, Music Teacher, Tobin Elementary School (Cambridge, 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)

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School/Town Performances (Partial List)

Andover Public Schools (Andover, MA)
Arlington Public Schools (Arlington, MA)*
Belmont Public Schools (Belmont, MA)*
Birches School (Lincoln, MA)**
Boston Public Schools (Boston, MA)*
Braintree Public Schools (Braintree, MA)*
Brookline Public Schools (Brookline, MA)*
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (Cambridge, MA)**
Cambridge Public Schools (Cambridge, MA)*
Charlton Public Schools (Charlton, MA)
Dedham Public Schools (Dedham, MA)
Exeter Public Schools (Exeter, NH)
Fayerweather Street School (Cambridge, MA)**
The Fenn School (Concord, MA)**
The Fessenden School (Newton, MA)**
Framingham Public Schools (Framingham, MA)*
Franklin Public Schools (Franklin, MA)
Freetown Public Schools (Freetown, MA)
Georgetown Public Schools (Georgetown, MA)
Hanover Public Schools (Hanover, MA)
Hartford Public Schools (Hartford, CT)*
Inly School (Scituate, MA)**
Lesley Ellis School (Arlington, MA)**
Marblehead Public Schools (Marblehead, MA)*
Medford Public Schools (Medford, MA)*
Melrose Public Schools (Melrose, MA)*
Nashoba Brooks School (Concord, MA)**
Natick Public Schools (Natick, MA)*
Needham Public Schools (Needham, MA)
Newtown Public Schools (Newtown, CT)*
New York City Public Schools (New York, NY)*
The Pike School (Andover, MA)**
The Pinecrest School (Annandale, VA)**
Raynham Public Schools (Raynham, MA)
Reading Public Schools (Reading, MA)*
Shady Hill School (Cambridge, MA)**
Somerville Public Schools (Somerville, MA)*
St. John School (Canton, MA)**
St. Mary’s School (Winchester, MA)**
Stoneham Public Schools (Stoneham, MA)*
Swampscott Public Schools (Swampscott, MA)
Tewksbury Public Schools (Tewksbury, MA)
Wakefield Public Schools (Wakefield, MA)*
Walpole Public Schools (Walpole, MA)
Watertown Public Schools (Watertown, MA)*
Webster Middle Schools (Webster, MA)
Wellesley Public Schools (Wellesley, MA)*
Weston Public Schools (Weston, MA)*
Winchester Public Schools (Winchester, MA)*
Woburn Public Schools (Woburn, MA)

 * Indicates multiple schools played in district
** Indicates private school

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Booking

For booking inquiries and further info, please contact Stephanie Rothschild by email or at 212-421-0592.

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Upcoming Shows
To preview a show, please email Stephanie Rothschild here

Fri, Sep 14
East Boston
Head Start
Young People’s Concert (grade PK)

Thu, Sep 27
Weston, MA
Field School
Language of Song assembly (grade 4)

Mon, Jun 3
Belmont, MA
Winthrop Chenery School
Music and Social Change assembly (grade 8)

Many more shows will be added as the school year progresses…

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