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Alastair Moock is a 2013 GRAMMY Nominee, three-time Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Winner, and recipient of the ASCAP Children’s Music Award. A songwriter and performer for 25 years, Moock has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe playing for adults, kids, and everyone in between. 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. Of Moock’s newest album, “Be a Pain”, Nora Guthrie (Woody’s daughter) says, “Alastair’s songs encourage our kids to pursue goodness, kindness, awareness and courage… Adults might listen up!”


Covid Update

All of Alastair’s programs are now available for synchronous learning sessions. We have a great live sound setup and are good to go with Zoom, Google Classrooms, or any other platform! In addition, Race and Song: A Musical Conversation and Music and Social Change are both available for asynchronous learning sessions as well. Both programs were recorded at Cambridge’s historic Club Passim with multi-camera shoots and professional editing featuring photos and graphics. Live Q&A sessions are available for both. Previews below.



Social Justice Assemblies

Race and Song: A Musical Conversation (Grades K-12)
AssemblyIn this, our newest recorded program, Alastair is joined by legendary folk musician and social justice educator Reggie Harris for a candid back and forth on history, current events, and the power of song. The two discuss their roots, what it means to live in one’s skin, how we can talk more productively about race, and why the past informs the present. Improvising together on songs like “Wade in the Water,” “Freight Train,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and Moock’s own “Be a Pain,” the two demonstrate the unique ability of music to simultaneously express sorrow, joy, struggle, and determination… A must see program for anyone interested in booking race-conscious work for young people. Check out a preview here.

Music and Social Change Assembly (Grades 4-12)
AssemblyThe most detailed of Alastair’s social justice programs, this assembly introduces students to the music that shaped and connected two of America’s most important movements for change: Labor Rights and Civil Rights. Through Moock’s narrative storytelling and musical talents, and an engaging visual presentation, students journey from the Great Depression through the Jim Crow South (and North), and learn how organized resistance led to change then that still informs movements for change today. Moock performs and teaches songs like “This Land is Your Land” (including the forgotten verses!), “The Union Maid,” “If You Miss Me From the Back of the Bus” and “We Shall Overcome.” Students will answer questions, sing, and walk away with a deeper understanding of our country and the ways in which our past affects our present. Check out a preview here.

Singing Their Way Through Assembly (Grades 3-5)
AssemblyUsing 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 a 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.

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.
 
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Language Arts Assemblies, Residencies & Workshops

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 spirited, 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.

Build 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. The residency begins with a “Language of Song” assembly, followed by a number of 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.

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Song for a Cause Residency (Grades 5-12)*
Residency 2Throughout history, music has been a powerful tool for supporting social, political and charitable causes, and protesting injustice. As important as it is for students to learn about the history of this type of music, it’s even more powerful for them to engage in creating it themselves. In this unique residency, which begins with a “Music and Social Change” assembly, Alastair guides students through the process of choosing a cause, thinking through solutions, and finding authentic ways to express their voices in the building of a brand new issue-based song. Possible topics may include bullying, LGBTQ rights, racial or gender equality, or any other issue of substance that students and teachers may choose to focus on.

Songwriting Workshops (Grades 3-12)
When schools don’t have time for a full residency program, these one-off workshops are a perfect way to expose students to effective writing techniques and literacy skills through fun, small-group exercises and games.

*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 has a wonderful way of meeting students where they are, sharing his passion and knowledge about the historical power of music, and reminding them of their potential power in this world. He can work with any age group, empowering them to be active participants in their world.”
– Tamara Schurdak, Head of School, The Chestnut Hill School (Chestnut Hill, MA)

“We hosted Alastair at our school for two back to back assemblies and he was WONDERFUL! He taught about the history of our country through folk music and how music can affect change. He highlighted the Great Depression, Vietnam War, and Civil Rights movement through a musical lens, and kept the kids engaged and having fun (singing and laughing) while learning a ton about important topics in our country’s history. A fun assembly for all – highly recommended!”
– Rachel Motley, PTO member, Chickering Elementary School (Dover, MA)

“We enjoyed Alastair’s performance immensely. One of our teachers even bought his CD! We will certainly have him back for a return visit.”
– Julianne Morin, Assistant Principal, St. Bernadette Catholic School (Northborough, MA)

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“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)

“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)

“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)

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School/Town Performances (Partial List)

Andover Public Schools (Andover, MA)
Arlington Public Schools (Arlington, MA)*
Bay Farm Montessori (Duxbury, MA)**
Bedford Public Schools (Bedford, NH)
Belmont Public Schools (Belmont, MA)*
Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School (Franklin, 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)*
Canton Public Schools (Canton, MA)
Charles River School (Dover, MA)**
Charlton Public Schools (Charlton, MA)
Chelmsford Public Schools (Chelmsford, MA)
The Chestnut Hill School (Chestnut Hill,  MA)**
Dedham Public Schools (Dedham, MA)
Dover Public Schools (Dover, 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)*
Freetown Public Schools (Freetown, MA)
George School (Newtown, PA)**
Georgetown Public Schools (Georgetown, MA)
Hanover Public Schools (Hanover, MA)
Hartford Public Schools (Hartford, CT)*
Inly School (Scituate, MA)**
KIPP Academy Lynn (Boston, MA)***
Lesley Ellis School (Arlington, MA)**
Lowell Public Schools (Lowell, MA)
Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Schools (Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA)
Marblehead Community Charter School (Marblehead, MA)
Marblehead Public Schools (Marblehead, MA)*
Matignon High School (Cambridge, MA)**
Medford Public Schools (Medford, MA)*
Melrose Public Schools (Melrose, MA)*
Nahant Public Schools (Nahant, 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)*
Bedford Public Schools (Bedford, NH)
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. Bernadette School (Northborough, MA)**
St. John School (Canton, MA)**
St. Mary’s School (Winchester, MA)**
Stamford Public Schools (Stamford, CT)
Stoneham Public Schools (Stoneham, MA)*
Stoughton Public Schools  (Stoughton, MA)
Sudbury Public Schools (Sudbury, MA)
Swampscott Public Schools (Swampscott, MA)
Tenacre Country Day School (Wellesley, MA)**
Tewksbury Public Schools (Tewksbury, MA)
Vienna Public Schools (Vienna, VA)
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
*** Indicates charter 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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