Music In The Schools
Dubbed “the godfather of children’s music”, Ken’s importance to the world of music for young people is unparalled. Whether performing by himself, in a duo, trio, quartette or quintette, he always creates an entertaining, educational and accessible musical experience for children of all ages. It is during Ken’s shows that not only music appreciation but dreams and musicians are born.
All of Ken's music programs are Mariposa In The Schools (MITS) approved presentations. Ken has been actively involved with MITS for over 35 years and he also offers Blues-themed programs for Blues In The Schools organizations across Canada. All of the programs below may be presented in a concert or workshop format for festivals, libraries, schools and private group settings. Please note that Ken has a valid Vulnerable Sector Screening Program - Police Reference Check from Toronto Police Services/RCMP.
To book Ken for your event at a library or school in Ontario contact:
Dolores Anderson, Mariposa In The Schools (416) 462-9400 or info (at) mariposaintheschools (dot) ca
For all other bookings and inquiries contact: shari (at) kenwhiteley (dot) com
- Musical March Break Fun! Using 20 different instruments (and getting audience members to play some too), Ken will get everyone singing along with songs celebrating the changing seasons and the joys of making music. Drawing from his recordings All of the Seasons (“one of the best recordings for children” - CBC radio) and Join the Band (Canadian Folk Music Award, Children’s Web Award, Parent’s Choice Award winners and Juno Award nominee), this performance is suitable for a broad range of ages, including preschoolers, elementary students, parents, grandparents and caregivers too.
- Yum, Yum! A Celebration of Food in Song In this new program, Ken is serving up a fun and exciting mix of musical styles in a menu full of food facts and concepts about healthy eating and healthy living! Through music and song, students celebrate the wonder of planting a seed and watching it grow, appreciate how food gets from farm to plate, understand how our food choices can make both ourselves and society healthier as well as explore the food groups and the science of eating. Appropriate for grades JK-3 and 4-6.
- Better With a Song! - Music of Social Justice In this new program, Ken leads everyone in singing songs that inspire, instruct and have helped make this a better world. This program supports curriculum in social studies, history, geography and world issues. Appropriate for ages 8 to adult.
- Join The Band Based on the multiple award winning recording, Ken takes everyone on a musical journey exploring a cappella singing, gypsy jazz, jump blues, Celtic harp, old time banjo, zydeco, several world musics, rock trombone and a mandolin extravaganza that mixes the music of Vivaldi, Cape Breton and Chicago’s south side blues scene. This one hour concert features Ken on a dozen musical instruments and directly involves the audience in the joy of music making. Over the course of the show, children are invited on to the stage to join in the musical fun. Accompanying CD received the Canadian Folk Music Award, Parent’s Choice Award, Children’s Web Award and a Juno Award nomination. Appropriate for all ages.
- All of the Seasons A musical discovery of our natural world through folk, calypso and the blues. Ken explores seasons, days, animals and the water cycle. Whether an overview of a year or tailored to a specific season, this performance will stimulate the imagination and inform the mind, all with joyful wonder. Most appropriate for children in grades junior kindergarten to 4.
- Musical Mystery Machines Ken leads the audience in an interactive sing-along that develops and reinforces the themes, concepts and vocabulary of simple machines. From a definition of work, through force, levers, wedges and gears, he introduces the primary physics curriculum of science and technology in a fun and accessible musical experience. Accompanying CD includes a CD-Rom track featuring fun games, puzzles, sing-alongs and lots of surprises. Most appropriate for children in grades 1 to 3.
- Jug Band & Folk Songs Ken combines traditional instruments such as guitars, banjos, mandolins and harmonicas with jugs, combs, washtub bass and spoons in a robust and delightful, song-filled exploration of sound and rhythms. Appropriate for all ages.
- Bluesology: A Musical Journey through the Blues Ken traces the migration history and experiences of the people who created the blues and introduces diverse styles, from early folk music through jazzy blues to modern urban electric sound. Accompanying CD received the Best Blues Album of the Year Award from the Jazz Report Canadian Jazz Awards. Most appropriate for children in grades 7 to 8, and older.