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Rod Christensen
'Discovering Musical Instruments' Show

~ Entertaining    ~ Educational    ~ Inspiring
Show Pic - Rod/Keryn on Staff

Audio Samples

About The Show   

The 'Discovering Musical Instruments' show offers educational and fun-packed children's entertainment at it's best. 

The presenter is Rod Christensen who is a multi-talented musician, singer, song writer and children's entertainer. Rod takes children on a captivating musical journey as he introduces many different musical instruments with creative live performances, guessing games about instruments, comedy, and children's on-stage participation in songs that reflect different styles of music.

Children

All songs performed are Rod's own originals including songs from his children's album 'Discovering Musical Instruments'. Rod performs the songs to high quality pre-recorded accompaniment. 

Instruments presented vary according to the event or circumstances but usually include Saxophones (soprano, alto & tenor), Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Keyboard, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar and Drums. 

Rod is assisted on-stage by his wife Keryn with backing vocals, organizing children involvement and stage management. Rod and Keryn are both blue card holders for working with children.

Duration

The full show presentation is approx. 60 minutes but can be modified to suit the event or circumstances.

Venue Suitability

The show is suitable to most children and family events and venues including festivals, markets, community events, shopping centres, schools and early childhood centres.

Stage Size, Set-up & Pack-up Times

These are factors that can vary according to the show duration or circumstances and can be clarified as necessary.

Workshop (optional)

A young children's play-along workshop can be included at the end of a show to give children a hands-on experience at playing children size instruments such as keyboard, guitar, ukulele, glockenspiel, violin, drums & percussion. Children play along with Rod playing guitar and singing popular and original children's songs. A workshop is suited to children 3 to 9yrs. Maximum number 20 children. Duration approx. 30 minutes.

Fees

Fees depend on show duration, number of presentations required, whether a workshop is be included and the location of the event or venue. Individual quotes are given accordingly !

Some previous performances include :

 ~ Gold Coast Australia Day Festival

~ St. Mark's Primary School Inala

~ Noosa Fair Shopping Centre

~ St James Primary School Tweed Coast

~ Crystal Waters Community Maleny

~ Bambini Early Childhood Centre Caboolture

Live Pics & Reviews

At St James Primary School we presented 2 shows catering for grades pre-prep to six. The shows were well received by an audience of enthusiastic and responsive school children and was well worth the long trip down to the Tweed Coast.

St James 4    St Jaames 5

St James 6      St James 1      

Comments by the music teacher at St James Primary School:


'A HUGE thank you to Rod and Keryn for travelling from the Sunshine Coast to give St James’ students the gift of their ‘Discovering Musical Instruments Show’. The students LOVED the show! An engaging, interactive and educational show performed by true professionals. Your commitment to children’s music education is greatly appreciated and many students are now considering learning a musical instrument. Thank you for inspiring us! '

Megan Robinson - Teacher-St James Primary, Banora Point

From two grade 5 students at St James Primary School:

 Student 1.

'What is the nickname for the clarinet? What do you not do with your guitar? If you haven’t seen the hip, modern,  fun , exquisite, entertaining Christensen’s music show  you wouldn’t know the answer to these questions.

Rod Christensen and his wife take music to a whole new level. Their show is a mixture of fun and education as they present brass, percussion, woodwind and string instruments in fun songs full of rhythm, beat and bounce, which makes you want to move your feet and flip your hair. Songs like: I Love My Guitar, Toot Toot Toot the Flute and When I Play on my Saxophone will get stuck in your head. This show is a ten out of five star performance, which has all the things the doctor ordered. So, you had better tape your socks on, cause they are about to be blown right off.'

Student 2.

'Recently the students of St James saw the ‘Discovering Musical Instruments Show’. My favourite thing about the show was how Rod did not just tell us about all the musical instruments. Instead,  he sang us a song for each instrument and interacted with the audience. It was really funny how they used fruit shapes for maracas and got children up to play them. He also invited about 8 children to the front to dance to some of his songs. It made me think about what instrument I would like to play, maybe the trumpet although that might be too hard. Violin could be easy but I think I could play the flute or the drums. This was a great experience and I thank them for coming to play for us.'

Comments by the Director Bambini Early Learning Centre:

Good Afternoon Rod and Keryn,
 
'We just wanted to say thank you so much for once again making our Christmas party such a special event, your music provided a such a warm, fun, festive mood for the day. I have received such wonderful parent feedback in regard to your music show and  performance for the children, parents and staff alike.' 
 
Warm Regards
Debbie, staff and families of Bambini Caboolture.

Debra Wilson - Centre Director, Bambini Early Childhood Development

Schools & Early Childhood Centres

Student Numbers 

Larger schools who would like all or most of their students to see the show, may wish to consider booking more than one show performance catering for different grades, so that children receive maximum benefit from the show. More information and recommendations on student numbers can be given on request.

Parent/Carer Contribution

Schools/Centres may wish to seek a contribution from parents/carers towards the cost of shows, in which case Christensen's can provide information for parents/carers by either :

    - an email link to the show information page on our website for parents/carers, or
    - a leaflet in pdf format for hard copy distribution to parents/carers

    Please note that Christensen's fee is irrespective of parent/carer contributions, and irrespective of the number of students attending a show performance.

    Optional Workshops

    Christensen's can also present optional children's Music Workshops. 

    For schools we present a range of workshops. See the  Workshops for Schools Page.


    CD & Print Music for Schools

    All of the songs performed at the 'Discovering Musical Instruments' show are available to Schools in print music (music notation) transposed for most instruments, and also on CD. For full information and costs go to the Print Music & CD Page.


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