jim valley's rainbow planet

rainbow planet
school workshops

The Rainbow Planet Workshop is a cooperative adventure in creative expression for children and teachers. Song writing, group singing and movement are explored through themes of friendship, nature, culturality and imagination.

Jim teaching musicRainbow Planet Workshops range from one day to a weeklong residency. A one day program includes: Three 40-50 minute sessions divided by grade level –OR-- two sessions with a culminating assembly.

In a weeklong residency, Jim will meet with each group two to three times, depending on the size of the school. At the end of the week, Jim will lead a culminating celebration where grades or classrooms present their new songs with movements.

During the sessions, Jim weaves student’s creative writings into wonderful songs and leaves a recorded CD with the school. His ability to compose melodies on the spot amazes everyone! Then we sing and dance and learn sign language to other Rainbow Planet songs, many of which were created by children from different parts of the world.

An evening family concert is also a popular option. It’s a great opportunity to bring families together, create community and happy memories. Jim involves everyone singing and moving to Rainbow Planet songs, including some old favorites . . . Splish Splash, Hand Jive, Johnny B. Goode . . .

Tips for Planning a Workshop

  1. Download the Workshop Format
  2. Familiarize your students with some of Jim’s songs.
  3. Create a cooperative classroom poem on any positive topic, such as friendship, imagination, the environment or tolerance. Jim will set your poem to music and record it for your classroom.
  4. Create a cooperative poster with a friendship slogan or theme of your choice.

Upon scheduling, you will receive a packet that includes a CD of Rainbow Planet songs, and a workshop format which includes creative ideas to use in your classroom. Please download the Rainbow Planet Workshop Format for more detailed information. Click here for Lyrics and Movements. See Rainbow Planet Posters for ideas.









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