Hear Matt’s messages about self-confidence and respect through music and stories. Children also learn about music and instruments.
Matt encourages children to sing and clap along. Student volunteers even dance with Pat the Platypus and try out a variety of Matt's instruments.
• Highly Entertaining!
Music, humour, stories, fun lyrics, a variety of instruments, puppets and other surprises... It's easy to see how much Matt enjoys performing and that reflects directly on the audience!
• A Different Perspective
Matt's musical roots were not originally in children's music. He started out performing at open mics and had a few bands. He comes to the high school students, not as "Matt the Music Man", but simply, as Matt McFarlane, a guy who loves to play music.
Matt tells his story of his past struggles when he was in high school. He explains how he came to overcome his fears by becoming self-confident through music and work experience. It's an exciting performance for teens!
• Great Songs!
Matt performs a variety of songs from rock covers (The Tragically Hip, Foo Fighters, Green Day, REM and more), to original acoustic songs and a few other surprises.
Students write their own song and play it with Matt! All students receive Matt's guide to writing a song and an activity sheet to take home. Workshops are usually 45 minutes with 30 kids max.
• Songwriting Workshop
Matt explains how he writes his songs and gives them a mini-performance. Then Children write their very own song and play it with Matt! Depending on the class age, students can also make a homemade instrument, do a special colouring activity or learn songwriting in more depth. These workshops are interactive and fun for ALL ages, even for older students, as the activities are made age appropriate.
• School Song Workshop
Does your school have an official song? During this workshop, Matt helps students write their very own school song to show their school spirit! The song can then be used to sing at assemblies or other school events. It can be set to original music or to an existing song of your choice. Matt also talks about songwriting in general and performs some other songs for the group. Super fun!
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"Our students and staff loved Matt's performance. He is an excellent songwriter, and keeps kids engaged with his quality music, sense of humour, and uplifting themes.”
- Caitlin Quinton, Music Teacher, Coldbrook & District School, NS
"Matt the Music man was skilled at engaging an audience. His music was fun and relatable for the students at our K-5 school. Our students enjoyed him and his music!"
- Angela Trueman, Principal, Arnold H McLeod School, NB
The staff and students loved Matt’s performance! Very fun, engaging and appropriate for our K-1 students The students really enjoyed having the ability to participate!
- Tracy Stewart, Principal, Forest Hill Elementary School, Fredericton, NB
"Matt's concert was very entertaining and engaging! He encouraged audience participation and had most of our students singing along to his original songs. We look forward to having him come back to perform in the future.
- Mark Thornton, Principal, Plymouth School, Yarmouth, NS