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Will's Jams

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Vancouver
Regions Available: Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley &, Howe Sound, Vancouver Island Lower, Vancouver Island Mid, Vancouver Island North, Interior, North, Remote, Kootenays, Virtual
Languages: English, French
Grant Eligibility: Eligible for 70% AIE

Will Stroet of Will's Jams is a JUNO-nominated bilingual singer-songwriter, educator and former CBC Kids star. Since 2005, Will's performed more than 2,000 shows in schools, theatres and festivals across Canada and in China. In addition to his popular English, French and bilingual school shows of original music, Will also leads popular songwriting workshops in both languages.


Performance(s)

Will's Jams concert

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Music
Offered Languages: English, French
Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 50 min.
Capacity: 500
Tech Requirements: Access to an electrical outlet; can perform on a stage or gym floor
Available Formats: In Person, Virtual

Lower Mainland
$950
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$975
Vancouver Island Lower
$1,000
Vancouver Island Mid
$1,100
Vancouver Island North
$1,200
Interior
$1,200
North
$1,300
Remote
$1,300
Kootenays
$1,200
Virtual
$550

Will offers interactive concerts in English, French and both languages with his 3-piece band, featuring his most popular educational songs from his 11 nationally acclaimed albums. Over the past decade touring schools, Will has developed top-notch shows with audience participation, fun wordplay, sign language and sing-along choruses. His music explores themes of literacy, creativity, math, science, art and living a healthy and active lifestyle--all of which ties into B.C.'s integrated curriculum. Virtual options include professionally pre-recorded band concerts in English, French and both languages and a 15-min via Zoom, Google Meet or Teams for $550 + GST (access for duration of school year). Will may also be booked for a solo 45-min YouTube or Zoom livestream concert with a virtual 15-min Q&A via for $750 GST.

Workshop(s)

Songwriting Workshop

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Music
Offered Languages: English, French
Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 1 day
Capacity: 60
Tech Requirements: whiteboard and markers
Available Formats: In Person

Lower Mainland
$900
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$950
Vancouver Island Lower
$1,000
Vancouver Island Mid
$1,000
Vancouver Island North
$1,000
Interior
$1,000
North
$1,000
Remote
$1,000
Kootenays
$1,000
Virtual
$0

As a former music teacher who has been leading songwriting workshops for children across Canada and in China, Will has developed a fun and effective method to harness children's creativity in writing songs. His interactive workshops involve critical thinking, creative writing, call and response, actions, presentation skills as well as performance and recording opportunities. Will teaches students about the basics of songwriting including: lyric, chorus and verse composition; rhythm and rhyme schemes; and melody. By the end of the session, students will have collaboratively composed a song that is performance ready. The song topic can be tied to any curricular theme. The duration, number of sessions and classes can be determined between the artist and school. Inquire with artist about full-day or multiple-day workshops. For multi-day sessions, a song recording and lyric video are available options. For schools outside the Lower Mainland, a minimum of 3-5 days must be booked and an additional fee to cover expenses may be added. Please inquire with artist.

Classroom Residency(ies)

Contact Me: 604-727-4413, Email, Web

Will's Jams Songwriting Residency

School Year: 22-23

As a former French immersion music teacher and performer in elementary schools, Will understands how to work effectively with students and offers interactive songwriting workshops that involve critical thinking, creative writing, call and response, actions, presentation skills and performance opportunities for their peers and/or parents. Will teaches students about the basics of songwriting including: lyric, chorus and verse composition, rhythm and rhyme schemes, melody, as well as other song structures (for blues, folk, pop). Students will collaboratively compose a song with Will that will be ready to perform in a final concert. Every workshop follows a learning structure and provides room for flexibility, play, and creativity, as per the interests and strengths of the class or school. The song topic can be tied to any curricular theme. The workshop duration and number of sessions is flexible and can be determined between the school and artist depending on the number of students and classes involved.


Testimonials & Reviews

Will has great energy! You can tell he loves what he's doing. The kids pick up on that and are keen to join in singing and doing actions. He is the best performer I have ever in an elementary school because the kids were so engaged. Meredith Fenton, vice-principal, West Vancouver
Will put on an amazing show. The kids were moving, singing and fully engaged the whole time! His mix of both French and English lyrics worked perfectly for our French immersion school and it was done seamlessly! Will is a true performer and I would happily welcome him to perform at any school. Heather Cairns, Toronto principal
Willl is an amazing artist. His wordplay and rhymes make us smile and his shows are always energetic. His songs are fun and talk about themes that kids can identify with, such as technology, physical activity, nutritious food and spending quality time with family. Being a former teacher, Will has a great command of the audience and has an effective way to get students participating while also bringing them back to focus. Cynthia Ramamonjisoa, Vice-Principal, Vancouver

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