Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Swing Peepers

The Swing Peepers, a vocal-harmony and multi-instrument duo, perform inventive, earth-friendly and interactive songs and stories. The Swing Peepers are lively, improvisational, and endearingly goofy. Instruments strummed, swung, and tapped include: guitar, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, ukulele, and accordion. Most songs and stories are participatory, and body movement is part of the action!

The Swing Peepers draw out the creativity of audiences by having them participate in creating impromptu songs and stories. The Peeps take ideas from the audience and weave them into highly dramatic tall tales. These made-up-on-the-spot rollicking stories are The Swing Peepers’s trademark, so watch out for colorful surprises!

"Play To Your Strengths”, A Songwriting Residency Program for Elementary Schools

The Residency Program

It is a joy for singer-songwriters John Hadden and Matthew Witten to write and perform songs with kids! Our songwriting residency, "Play to Your Strengths", consists of five full days in your elementary school, usually over two weeks. The product of the residency is one song completed by each class. The culmination is an assembly showcasing performances of each class's song accompanied by John and Matt. Afterwards, we provide the school with a compact disc containing all the students' performances. We meet with up to eight classes per day during the residency.

We strive to involve every student in an engaging, fun and collective songwriting experience that draws from their current areas of study, digging deep to bring out the natural creative gifts that live in each student.

The "Play to Your Strengths" Residency includes:

• Consultation with teachers prior to residency to determine song subject
• Five days of in-classroom songwriting sessions (up to 8 classrooms a day)
• Final concert performance including entire school community
• Master quality CD recording of the concert performance. Schools may make unlimited copies of the CD for distribution and sale.

Please visit www.swingpeepers.com for more information about the Peeper and our Residency Program.

Contact Information

First Name: 
Matthew
Job Title/Position: 
Singer/Songwriter/Storyteller
Mailing Address: 
1355 Shaker Hill Rd
Starksboro, VT 05487
Physical Address: 
1355 Shaker Hill Rd
Starksboro, VT 05487
Last Name: 
Witten
Phone: 
802-434-3236

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Children's
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - General
Music - Children's
Music - Composition
Music - Folk
Music - Traditional
Theater - Improv
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
1999
Populations Served: 
Adults
Families
General Public
School Groups
Teens
Languages Available: 
French
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
40
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Children’s Music Network
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Sound system with 2 vocal and 2 instrument mics
Fee Range Minimum: 
$350
Fee Range Maximum: 
$500
State of Residence: 
Vermont
Minimum Number of Performers: 
2

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Members of the Vermont Teaching Artist Roster
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$3,400