Children and Families
In our current times, it is more important than ever that we teach our children where we came from and how we got here.
[This program] goes a long way in a short period of time to do this!
Empowering for both girls and boys, this show will be praised by thespians, historians, and children of all ages!
Principal, Delphi Elementary School, Delphi, Indiana
Celebrate the hero inside each of us
Learn about American history in a fun way
Sing American songs that helped make our country
a better place
These are not typical classical concerts! Programs involve historical music, onstage costume transformations, and audience participation.
These multi-sensory performance experiences bring American heritage to life through music in a way that is unlike anything audiences have ever seen before.
Immersive Performance Experiences
Our multi-sensory performance experiences engage students through:
Audience participation incorporated throughout each program, with teaching packets provided in advance to allow all students the chance to learn the song choruses so that they may join in with confidence on the day of the show!
Visual aides and supplemental materials to help reinforce key concepts and provide context for both preparation and further discussion.
Suggestions and templates for art and classroom teachers on the creation of visual elements (such as costume pieces, signs, hats, and hallway displays) in anticipation of their school's performance.
Providing an even more in-depth, personalized experience, the following are additional add-on options:
Performance Day Add-Ons:
Artists visit individual classrooms to discuss the program content and conduct final student preparations for their roles as actively participating audience members.
Historical songwriting exercise: Artists guide students in writing their own song based on the strategies developed throughout American history in which songs were used to affect positive social change.
On-stage performing opportunity for students! Artists work with a group or class of students for the week leading up to a school performance.
These students engage in in-depth discussion of the program content and learn the song choruses they will perform for their peers from on stage.
Students have the option to present narrative content within the program, practicing public speaking and poise.
Students write their own song and perform it as the grand finale of the school performance.
Academic and Social-Emotional Learning Benefits
Programs reinforce History/Social Studies, Music, and English/Language Arts Academic Standards, and we have developed these programs alongside seasoned educators, using the education standard codes as a direct guideline.
Our programming also supports Social-Emotional Learning Competencies by featuring songs about American heroines and heroes from throughout our nation's history.
Students learn that the qualities of these Americans are still important today–and that these qualities live inside of each one of us.
Engaging, entertaining and educational! Audrey Johnson has cleverly woven song and narrative into a delightful presentation for a young audience. Her performances, not only meets Indiana’s Academic Standards, but prompts thoughtful discussions and encourages further research of historical eras.
Retired Lafayette history educator and History Channel award winner
“The Of Thee I Sing program was showcased to our fifth and sixth grade students, and it was an amazing experience! Audrey did a wonderful job of weaving in songs, audience participation through singing, and history of women’s suffrage, and all that this important topic means for our countries past as well as our current reality. I would highly recommend Audrey and her performance to any school that would have an hour of time to help your students learn and experience some great history and wonderful singing!“
Principal, Okoboji Middle School
“To Keep Truth Marching On! was such an enjoyable program for both me and my children! Important historical events that are too often forgotten are presented in such a memorable fashion through song. My children loved writing new words to songs they already knew and making them their own. I got to hear their renditions for weeks afterward. It was such a wonderful experience that we won’t soon forget.”
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana Troop 776