Bob's performances are known for their power and willingness to address
issues in a non-confrontational style. His engaging stage presence allows his
audiences to feel comfortable looking at situations that they might not
otherwise spend time with. This has made him popular in many different
environments, from school staff meetings to concert stages.
Bob Reid presents an engaging performance of songs and
stories, using voice and guitar, with the themes of self esteem, differing
perspectives, ecology, personal responsibility, hunger and others. The
goals of Bobís performance are to use music and storytelling to
communicate ideas, values, and perspectives, to promote awareness and
build community, and to encourage students to participate in the world
Students will experience a broad emotional
range. He will include songs written by students in classroom workshops as
well as personal stories that illustrate values and encourage students to
acknowledge their own stories.
Bob's performance is 45 to 60 minutes long.
So that Bob can deliver the best performance to your
students, it is important that they are broken into appropriate
age/grade groups (eg. K-2 or 3, 3-5, 4-6).
Bob will provide his own sound system.
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people have come to our school, but very few have
measured up to such high standards.
For 120 fifth-
and sixth-grade students to sit still on the floor and be completely
involved in your program for over an hour is a real tribute to you and your
just wish more children could see your presentation. You have a very rare
gift and I certainly hope others will be able to benefit from it in the
Ann Clare, Director of Student Activities,
Hollow Elementary School, Ben Lomond, CA
Bobs concerts are a unique experience for the entire family to enjoy.The audience
will become part of a performance that will will make them laugh,
think, ponder and hopefully feel a little closer to those around them. A Bob
Reid concert is an opportunity for families to share an afternoon or evening of
connecting through song and story.
Performances run 60-90 minutes.
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seem to naturally respond to his charismatic manner and upbeat sense of
can't find words good enough to describe what you do with and for children.
You are to me mostly a poet who creates a rippling effect with words. Your songs have a poignancy and depth I don't
find in most children's songs. Your songs appeal to a wide range of ages,
enticing the very little ones, while satisfying the oldest in our school as
are an incredible performer, but also a real teacher, one who knows when to be
silly, when to be serious. How to control a group, sustain a relationship,
organize an event, use time effectively. And you know how to use language to
touch people in the most glorious way!
-Steve Peck, Principal, Santa Rita Elementary School, Los Altos, CA
A Bob Reid residency is a great opportunity for your students to experience
Bob's unique mixture of fun and thoughfulness. A typical residency begins with
assemblies to introduce Bob to the students and give them a taste of what is to
come. This is followed by classroom workshops consisting of songwriting,
stories, singing along, and singing rounds that will engage and delight
students. Often the residency culminates with a community concert to allow
families in the greater community to participate and for the students to sing
songs they have written with Bob. Over the years, Bob has heard from many
grown-up students how his music, presence and example have made a positive
difference in their lives.
Residencies are tailored to each schools' needs. Typically, they are a week
long, consisting of 5 classroom workshops per day. To arrange a residency, get
more information, or school references, click here
or the "Contact Bob" link at the bottom of each page.
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Our exciting new program will involve Bob Reid writing songs with your students,
setting up a
portable digital recording studio at your school, and allowing students to participate in the
creation of a Compact Disk recording. Bob will rehearse and record the
students singing along with accompaniment which can be provided by him
and students and any other musical resources that may present
themselves. Listen to songs created in an October 2001 recording
residency by clicking here.
a class creates a CD:
- Like songwriting residencies, recording
residencies begin with age-appropriate
assemblies to introduce Bob and
his work to the students and teachers.
- Next, Bob will present songwriting sessions with grades
three and up. Younger
students may participate in singing with Bob and choosing songs that
they would like to sing for the recording.
- Songwriting takes place in two one-hour
sessions for each class.
- Bob creates an arrangement of each song, adding
additional instruments such as drums, guitar, bass, harmonica,
- He creates a practice CD or cassette for the
class to sing along with for rehearsal.
- Next, Bob sets up his portable digital
recording studio at the school. Listening to their rehearsal
recording with headphones, Bob records the students singing their
song. Recording sessions are usually 30-45 minutes.
- Finally, Bob mixes and masters the recording
and provides the master CD to the school. There are a number of possibilities for the final product. Each
school can decide how to use the finished CD. It can be made available
to students and their families for free or at production cost, make a
copy for each classroom, for sale as a fundraiser. Bob retains full
copyrights to any songs created in these workshops. The school will
receive a master copy of the recording and may use it as they deem
is structured so that students who wants a chance to sing solo, or
with a friend/s has that opportunity.Teachers will have the
responsibility for helping the students rehearse their songs.
Prior to the class recording, Bob can work with interested students to
arrange the instrumental tracks. This would be an opportunity for music teachers to give a
practical application for their students and to give an opportunity to
students willing to be involved. It may be possible to allow those students who
desire it an opportunity for more involvement. There will be the
possibility some students may work on some of the more technical parts
of the recording, learning microphone placement, and explanations of how
the recording process works.
- Scheduling appropriate sessions for classroom workshops, either
songwriting or singing.
- Bringing class to age-appropriate introductory assembly.
- Rehearsing class song with recording supplied by Bob. Set
aside a few minutes to turn on the recording and have the students
sing along, twice a day or more, if possible.
- Select your Class representatives
- Facilitate your class representative's gathering of class
- Schedule recording time
School is to supply:
- Space to set up recording equipment. This can be variable. Ideally, it would be a carpeted room.
- Facilitation of after school sessions
- Distribution of final product, if desired
- Give students an opportunity to participate in a recording
- To give interested students an opportunity for practical
application of several skills: musical, artistic, literary,
technical, and interpersonal.
- To provide an opportunity for students to work in small groups to
- To work as classroom groups to determine class message and to
communicate that message.
To arrange a recording residency, for more
information, or school references, click here
or the "Contact Bob" link at the bottom of each page.
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