photoPitz Quattrone

Experience the Didgeridoo

Pitz has been immersed in playing and learning about the Didgeridoo since 1993. He's based in Vermont and travels throughout the country sharing his passion for the Didgeridoo. Pitz offers interactive assemblies that teach about the history and uses of this, one of the world's oldest musical instruments, and the Aboriginal symbols used to decorate them. In addition to an introductory assembly, Pitz offers hands-on workshops for students to learn to play a Didgeridoo, or “Yidaki” and family concerts.

Assemblies are geared for grades Kindergarten to college students. Workshops are available for grades four and up. Residencies are available. There is a materials fee to cover providing the students with their own Didgeridoo, paint and other supplies.

Assemblies

Pitz's assemblies are appropriate for kindergarten to college age students.

Assembly Length: 45 to 60 minutes

Option to include second player: Pitz and his musical partner and multi-instrumentalist, Shrimp, play songs to demonstrate how the Didgeridoo can be used in different styles of music both melodically and rhythmically. While Pitz is playing the Didge, Shrimp plays sitting down with guitar in hand and three foot pedals playing bass & snare drums and high hat with a tambourine mounted on it. It sounds like three people are playing! The kids love it!

Workshops and Residency Options: They vary in length from one visit to multiple visits with Pitz depending upon the individual school's goals. For grades four and up.

Pitz and Jean will work with you and the school to discuss possible options.

Learn to Play the Didge:Pitz explains the history and playing techniques of the didgeridoo.

Making your own Didge: includes decorating and learning to play the Didge. A more in depth approach to learning about the Didge. The instrument will be yours to keep. This workshop may include: Pitz or the students preparing the beeswax “mouth piece”, painting the Didge and decorating it with Aboriginal symbols, learning to play the Didge, learning mouth shapes and vocalization to create the sounds and eventually songs. This residency is a lot of fun and creates a finished instrument and a performance if you wish. Residencies usually last three to five days. There is a Materials Fee.

Language Arts Connections: combines storytelling and writing with Didge “sound- track” support. This may incorporate having a great student reader come up and read a story while Pitz makes the nature sounds with the story. The team of students will collaborate to create their own story, which will be read aloud while the rest of their group provides the sound track effects and accompaniment.

Study Guide is available for educators that includes:

  • a history of the Didgeridoo
  • maps of Australia
  • photos of Aboriginal symbols
  • photos of animals (for example, the Kookaburra Bird) mentioned in the program.