Jowi Taylor’s Six String Nation multimedia presentation affords schools and communities a truly unique opportunity to explore Canadian history, geography, diversity, music and more through a one-of-a-kind project.
Since the debut of Voyageur – a guitar literally built from 64 pieces of history and heritage representing different cultures, communities and characters from every province and territory of Canada – on Parliament Hill on Canada Day 2006, Jowi has given the presentation in all kinds of educational settings from grade school, middle school and high school assemblies right through to graduate student seminars, ESL classes, parent-teacher gatherings and professional development workshops and conferences for teachers in many parts of Canada.
We’ve presented to school groups as part of visits to the National Music Centre in Calgary, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and other institutional settings.
We’ve helped to design a Collaborative Learning Resource package for the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat and we were even asked to create a semester- long Canadian Studies course based on the project for George Brown College in Toronto. Independent of Six String Nation, teachers, principals and publishers have built everything from social studies curriculum guides to ESL workbook exercises to textbook math problems based on the project – all with our full endorsement and encouragement. While there is a customized and abbreviated version of the presentation for very young children from
JK to grade 3 or 4 (there is a fair bit of interactivity in the presentation for that age group and they certainly enjoy the pictures and the music aspect of the presentation), in terms of educational impact it seems the project is best suited to students grade 5 and up for whom many of the issues and topic areas presented in the guitar are emerging within the curriculum. The available resource guide will help you find curriculum links appropriate for your students.
The presentation takes a total of about 65 minutes and includes an opportunity (we call it the “Performance Pocket”) for a couple of students (or students and staff) to perform for the school on Canada’s most famous guitar. Presenter and project creator Jowi Taylor is certified and background checked through the Ontario Education Services Corporation and the Toronto Police Services and has also cleared RCMP background checks for his work on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. He is represented in Ontario through Mariposa In the Schools.
Standard rate is $850 plus HST and a transportation allowance. Outside of downtown Toronto, this allowance typically covers a rental car, gas and any necessary parking charges. If multiple schools in a given community wish to collaborate, there is a scale of discounts that goes down to $550 per school with up to two presentations per day over two or more days. Air fares and accommodation will also apply for certain bookings. There are a variety of models or examples of communities that have booked in this way and we’re happy to provide details for you to customize a collaborative booking for your school community. Bilingual presentations are available at additional cost as are official Six String Nation portrait sessions. Please contact us for details.