~ Anti-Bullying ~ Character Education ~ Positive Behavior
Leonardo and the Makin' Waves band present a fun, high energy, interactive assembly concert that educates students on WHAT is bullying, TYPES of bullying and SOLUTIONS to bullying. Designed for Pre-K to 5th grade audiences, the show presents the the concepts of Respect, Cooperation, Inclusion and the Golden Rule in simple sing along songs. A perfect introduction or supplement to an existing campaign, the program utilizes call and response singing, audience volunteers, and dance/hand motions, along with Leonardo's award winning songs and some favorites adapted just for the assembly. Well known songs like "Woolly Bully" become "No More Bullies" ! Happy Students = Good students and so it's never too early to introduce an anti-bullying/Positive Behavior message. Video Sample.
Thanks for your interest in my Respect Rocks! concert. I think we are offering something unique to schools that educates and entertains in a fun and important way.
The show is a rock and roll trio bringing the msg. in easy to sing along songs, hand/dance moves, and audience volunteers "jamming" with the band. It runs about 45 min. long and we provide all our own equipment.
The band is an example of people from different backgrounds working together to achieve a goal/dream. I explain to the audience that I am living my dream of being a musician because in school my friends supported, encouraged me and didn't make fun of me or pick on me when I made mistakes or tried something new (like playing guitar!)
The uniqueness of our presentation, besides the fun and energy of a music concert, is that we are not showing kids bullying behavior but offer prevention through character education and positive behavior concepts.
and the Makin' Waves Band
Be true to your school ( unity, respect, cooperation theme)
That's a Bully ( explaining the basics of what is a bully..someone who is pushing, shoving, hurtful words/actions..creates awareness of topic)
Makin Waves (our theme song...call to action..help a friend, be a hero, make a difference, historical examples of heros..MLK etc..) Audience makes a "wave" sign with hands and sings along.
Tell Somebody (what to do if feel bullied, sad, threatened..where to turn, dont keep it inside, communicate) Volunteers join band with shakers.
Don't Send it (Cyberbullying..use positive words, respect yourself and those around you, send positive messages to each other, don't gossip, make fun of)
Take a Stand, Lend a hand (learning to stop a bully, help a friend, but reverse the process and Include them, reach out, create unity, Peace) Audience has a hand sign
No More Bullies ( to the tune of Woolly Bully...Golden rule!!) Volunteers play guitar with the band
Ready for Success ( last song, unifying theme, motivate for academics and social /personal achievement)
Perfect for Family Nights,Title 1 funded programming, or a schoolwide celebration, its a rockin' reading beach party with Leonardo as he inspires little rockers to become big readers and reminds parents to read at home with kids! Performing over 50 reading themed shows every summer at libraries nationwide, he now offers this intreractive musical show to schools. The show offers literacy basics with music and movement with songs from his CD's and new twists on traditional favorites. Available solo or with the Makin' Waves band. Make it a beach day at your school with costumes and decorations!
NEW CD "NO MORE BULLIES"
(Free Copy and Posters to every school prior to visit !)
GRANTS to pay for a visit
Listen to Samples or Download free songs
No More Bullies CD One Sheet info page PDF
Leonardo's Interview with Maintaining Safe Schools Magazine
Past Performances PDF
"A mom came up to me and asked what the name of our bully band was, she said her daughter had come home last week and told her she was being bullied...because the band told her to tell."
" ... Sent home a message of teamwork and anti-bullying. Teachers were rocking in their seats and kids were singing the songs long after the band left. I had so many teachers ask us to bring it back next year. What a wonderful way to kick off the year, thanks Leonardo"
Wallenpaupack Assembly Director Hawley, PA
"Awesome job yesterday...The students had a great time and walked away with a different type of learning experience."
PS 132 South Bronx, NY
"We are still buzzing about your performance and all of my teachers followed up with classroom discussions! We truly thought this was the BEST show and message we have had in forever!!!!"
Holland Elementary Taylor, MI
" I cannot remember having such an awesome assembly where the adults got as much into the music and messages just as much as the students!"
Goshen Elementary Edwardsville, IL.
"The band was great and your lyrics were fantastic and so easy for the students to remember. The students really enjoyed it!
Your messages to the students were very effective and the music was great.
Johnson City TN. Schools
" A musical act full of positive energy, fun and optimism. The kids, teachers and parents are still singing his songs."
Stewart Elementary PTO Stevensville, MI
Evans Students Participate in Anti-Bullying Assembly
An assembly was held in the Kevin Grindlay Gymnasium on September 12, 2011 at 9am on Bully Prevention and Character Building. A group named Leonardo and The Making Waves played musical renditions of songs and messages for the students on anti-bullying and drug-free awareness. Students participated on stage, as they played musical instruments along with the Band. The message “Tell Somebody” was based upon the importance of students communicating with staff, if someone is bullying them. And that all of the student body and staff believe in a “No Bullies” philosophy. All in all the students and staff clapped along and had a good time with the Band as they recreated old classics like Wooly Bully, related to an Anti- Bullying theme.
Schools should consider adopting some of these as "their" songs in their effort to educate children about bullies and how to deal with them.
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