Jeff & Trashcan Lid Productions (TLP): A performing artist, musician, DJ and educator (M.A. / M.Ed.), Jeff Erwin is a master teacher who leads participants down a path of self-exploration. Since 1989, Jeff’s work has enriched the lives of youth and young adults ages 3 to 23 in schools and universities across America. Jeff has been called the 'Kid Whisperer' due to his uncanny ability to relate to youth of all ages while maintaining flawless classroom management. His teaching style encourages students to take healthy risks and make new discoveries about themselves while enabling them to feel successful as performing artists and musicians in a relatively short period of time. In 1998, Jeff founded Trashcan Lid Productions (not Trash Can Lid Productions), an organization that has received numerous grants. Jeff is a juried artist on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts' Artist Roster.
Set aside any preconceived notions about what a youth music performance looks or sounds like. TLP's multimedia extravaganzas, performed by the youth at your school, will exceed your expectations and make your students feel good about themselves while challenging them to make the world a better place. Both artist-in-residence programs listed below are appropriate for grades K-8 and integrate many facets of the core curriculum:
Sticks and Stones: Hailed as 'One of the most important artist-in-residence programs in schools today,' Sticks and Stones is a music and performance-based bully prevention program that has received rave reveiws for its creative nature and effectiveness. Along with muscian Skip Brunette, a classroom teacher of 20 years, Jeff is helping school communites bring about real and permanent change by creating excitment around the idea that kindness is not just an admirable trait but a force to be reckoned with! More info, testimonials and pricing here: http://www.trashcanlidproductions.com/sticks-and-stones.html
Junk 2 Funk (J2F): Proven to bring out the best in youth, J2F is a sensational outlet for students' creativity, physical energy and individual expression. With an empasis on making music using instruments made from found objects, Jeff leads participants down a path of self-exploration that encourages them to take healthy risks and work together as a team to prepare a rhythmic extravaganza to be performed for an assembled audience. More info, testimonials and pricing here: http://www.trashcanlidproductions.com/junk-2-funk.html
Jeff's programs address (but are not limited to) the following topics: conservation & recycling, environmental stewardship, music, drumming, singing & song writing, the science of sound, stage direction & blocking, taking healthy risks, teamwork, poetry, pop culture, the power of kindness, bullies, bullying and bully prevention.