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Self-expression through music is a AND THE COLORS OF MUSIC
universal human need. For entrance into
the amazing universe of music the only Tracey uses visual and tactile
“passport” we need is our own creativity! illustrations to define “vibration,” the
Tracey journeys around the world to show rhythmic motion that produces sound. As
how people devise ways to express the children listen and identify “vibrations”
music in their hearts using whatever the from their everyday lives—the wind
resources available to them. She plays blowing, a baby crying, a door slamming, a
music from six continents on instruments faucet dripping, dogs barking--they learn
fashioned from bamboo, seashells, insect to distinguish “music” from “noise” and
cocoons, seedpods, gourds, goat hooves, “volume” from “pitch.” Tracey guides
donkey jaws, cattle horns, tree branches, them in discovery of the human body as a
household utensils, car parts, and all kinds of musical instrument and defines the role of
recycled trash. Clearly, imagination is the percussion in music. Kids participate in a
most valuable resource of all! Emphasizing “body percussion” jam session in which
the importance of recycling here in the US, one part is disciplined and orchestrated,
Tracey encourages kids to “Be Creative!” the other part wildly improvisational—
and to explore the makings of instruments that’s jazz! As Tracey demonstrates a
within their own homes. variety of idiophones and
membranophones, children learn to
Audiences experience sounds native to categorize these percussion instruments
East and West Africa, Australia, Asia, the by the ways in which they’re made to
Middle East, North and South America, the vibrate: by shaking, by scraping, or by
Caribbean, Europe, and Polynesia. Tracey striking. All of the children are given the
calls upon her puppet friends to help the opportunity to play percussion instruments
youngest children identify foreign cultures and to take part in a rhythm community.
and continents. People of all ages are They are encouraged to use the world’s
fascinated by the sights and sounds of steel most amazing musical instrument—the
pan, kalimba, chekere, djembe, bilma, human voice—to sing along with perennial
didgeridoo, pan pipes, chajchas, bombo, favorites as they “keep the beat.”
cuica, Polynesian nose flute, ukulele, Native
American flute & buffalo drum, and more. Tracey introduces the concept of
instrument “families,” challenging children
Tracey shows how folk dances can teach to “Name That Tune!” as she plays
us about the cultures from which they come. aerophones (wind/brass) and
Children always enjoy the chance to try chordophones (strings.) The children see
some of the simple dance movement Tracey and hear that the instruments in each
has collected during her travels. “family” produce vibrations in similar
As in Tracey’s other programs, audience
Like the colors and lines in paintings,
participation abounds in PASSPORT TO THE
music can evoke a spectrum of emotions.
The children are asked what colors they
response singing, drum mnemonics, body
“hear” as they listen to segments of
percussion, audience “guest” appearances,
classical music. Then, to illustrate how
dance, and Q&A keep audiences involved
different kinds of music can motivate us to
move our bodies in different ways, Tracey
dances along with the kids as she plays helicopter, rocket ship, and even time
music with varying grooves, colors, and machine! A whimsical vacation via the
moods. Hand-held streamers help to imagination whose destinations include the
dispel inhibitions and free kids to express beach, the playground, the farm, the safari
themselves. park, and planet Mars, this program contains
all of the interactive and educational
elements contained in ExPrESS yOURSELF:
SiNG SaY STOmP & PlAY! (please see above.)
Tracey proves that the ‘driving’ can be as
much fun as the ‘arriving,’ that the road can
be part of our destination instead of that
which separates us from it. LET’S GO!
stimulates imaginations and inspires
uninhibited self-expression. Kids have a ball
when unleashed to “Be Creative!”

Imagination is the limit! This highly
interactive program is designed to spark BEING CREATIVE: AN
imaginations, to inspire creative self- EXPLORATION OF SELF-EXPRESSION
expression, and to nurture self-esteem. THROUGH THE ARTS
Tracey delights young audiences with her Let Your Insides Out! is an
own special blend of songs, musical stories, interactive program in which Tracey
sound effects, props, instruments, creative explores the art of self-expression through
movement, dramatic play, puppetry, riddles, literature, visual arts, music, dance, and
rhyming, signing, and parachute play. The dramatic play.
importance of sharing and teamwork, the
virtue of reading and learning, the beauty in Tracey’s excitement about literature is
human diversity, the joy in self-expression, palpable and contagious. For this program
and the value of recycling are among the she has created music to accompany some
messages Tracey puts forth in her high- of her favorite children’s books. She
spirited, sometimes zany way. The kids captivates children with her melodious
experience it as pure unadulterated fun. style of reading/singing as she shares
enlarged versions of the illustrators’
Children sing along with traditional renderings. After having listened to the
favorites, answer riddles, make rhymes, story, the children are encouraged to “let
contribute ideas, and express themselves their insides out,” to dramatize the story
through percussion, dramatic play and with their bodies as they listen again to its
creative movement. Tracey’s joyful music.
exuberance motivates the children to
participate without self-consciousness. No Tracey explains that, for many artists,
less than the kids, adults enjoy the variety of the art form is a medium through which to
musical styles in Tracey’s repertoire: rock ’n’ express emotions. By the same token,
roll, blues, bluegrass, swing, folk, reggae, works of art can evoke feelings in the
calypso, Dixieland jazz, boogie woogie, beholder. She explores the concept of
rockabilly, zydeco, & more. ‘feelings,’ asking the children to give
examples of things that have made them
mad, sad, glad, and afraid. She plays an
assortment of familiar songs and asks the
children what feelings they evoke. Then, to
illustrate the emotional impact of color,
Tracey introduces the abstract works of
Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinski, Andy Warhol,
and others. She asks the children how
A MUSICAL CELEBRATION of these paintings make them feel. There are
no wrong answers!
LET’S GO! is a fantastic journey by train, As children listen to music of varying
plane, bus, boat, bicycle, car, truck, tempos and moods, Tracey asks them to
close their eyes and to visualize colors and range of musical styles. She has performed
shapes. Children identify “colors” in the professionally since 1981 in every format
music as dark or bright, soft or bold, from the classic ‘big band’ to solo. Formal
muddy or clear, the “shapes” of the music studies in theatre arts and languages
as jagged or smooth, soft or hard, straight coupled with years of experience in
or wavy. Again there are no wrong teaching, dance, and clowning infuse
answers. In the front of the room there are Tracey’s musical performances with color
several sets of crayons. For each segment and dimension.
of music, volunteers are asked “draw” the
song using one single continuous line in a Tracey first performed for children in
color evoked for them by the music, (linear 1988 while serving as entertainment director
improvisations a la Paul Klee.) Show and to Baltimore’s Harbor Cruises. In 1993 she
tell follows, and all interpretations are developed her popular MUSiC ’N’ MOtION
celebrated as equally viable! Tracey programs for performance in schools and
encourages kids to continue this other children’s entertainment arenas. In
exploration at home. the same year she created, at the urging of
parents and nursery school directors, the
Scarf dancing frees kids to “show pre-K music curriculum that launched her
their colors” in response to a medley of preschool teaching career. Over the past
musical styles. Tracey takes them on a decade Tracey has touched the lives of
journey of the imagination, calling forth thousands of children in classrooms and at
fantastical things and faraway places. school assemblies, concerts, festivals & fairs,
kids’ clubs, and all kinds of special events.

Winner of a dozen awards including

Parents’ Choice Gold and NAPPA Gold,
(January 2007) explores American “roots”
music traditions: blues, zydeco, Dixieland,
bluegrass, Hawaiian, swing jazz, rock’n’roll,
doo-wop, rockabilly, country, & folk. A
collection of 14 original songs, NEVER
MIND THE RAIN is tons of positive listening
fun for kids of all ages in all kinds of weather.

Fun Educational Programs

and Interactive Entertainment
for Young Audiences

1406-A Alexis Drive

Joppa, MD 21085

Tracey Eldridge is an accomplished

musician, entertainer, songwriter, and
educator. Having devoted two decades to
the study of music, she is adept at a wide
Winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award,
Tracey’s debut CD NEVER MIND THE
RAIN is a collection of 14 delightful
originals written and recorded with full
bands to introduce children to different
styles of American “roots”music. NEVER
MIND THE RAIN features performances
by 30 of the Baltimore/DC area’s finest