Elementary School

Empathy-Awareness Performances for K-3 and 4-6 Audiences
Two different hour-long assembly performances of age-appropriate tales with music followed by full-group discussions where students raise their hands and answer Odds’ intriguing ethical questions. Highly effective with multicultural groups.

“effortless…the kids loved the show…meaningful and fun… effective behavior management and you do it quite beautifully…I will share my highest recommendation.” — Rebecca Spellios, PTO parent

GOLDEN RULE for Grades K-2/3
Welcomed as they arrive with harp music and given a stretch mid-show, students hear three stories, The Name of the Tree, an African folktale on thumb piano, The Wind and the Sun, an Aesop’s Fable on harp and Tale of the Kittens, an interactive sing-along story from Italy on 12-string guitar. The lessons are learning to remember and help others, kindness as strength, and the outcomes of social behavior. (1 hour)

GOLDEN RULE for Grades 4-5/6
Welcomed as they arrive with harp music and given a stretch mid-show, students hear three stories, The Stonecutter, a powerful Samurai tale on 12-string guitar, The Boys and the Frogs, an Aesop’s Fable on harp, and Finn McCool and the Big Man, a rhythmically infectious sing-along story from Ireland on 12-string guitar. Lessons are the misuse of power, how thoughtless actions can hurt others, and using wit and words rather than force. (1 hour)


WGACA: The Mysterious Empathy Machine (4-6)
An Odds Bodkin Original Story with Characters, Scored with 12-string Guitar w/ Q&A. (1 hr)
The kids at Meadowbrook Elementary don’t know what to make of new device in the wall outside the cafeteria. As the only kid who’s seen the wires and hidden satellite dishes inside, Jon suspects it has to do with kids’ feelings, especially Jeff’s and the popular boys and girls who give him a hard time. When the WGACA meter’s two tubes finally boil over and the liquids mix, kids’ talents vanish. What was easy is hard. After the talent show and the big baseball game, nobody’s quite the same. Respectfulness and empathy are the lessons.
“What an incredible message for the students and done in such an entertaining way. There were many emotions that came out…one minute we were laughing and the next minute we were thinking about the sadness that goes along with children being bullied.”––Mary Jane Cooney, Principal


Special Elementary Performances:

The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast, 4-6, (1 hr)


Fantastic Fairytales, K-4 (1 hr)

American Tall Tales, 3-6 (1 hr)


Greek Myths, 4-6 (1 hr)

Although dividing your student body into K-3 & 4-5(6) works best, Odds often performs for K-6 audiences.



What happens at an Odds Bodkin performance?

Students listen to a variety of different characters and vocal effects and experience music on different instruments, all performed live. His performances are designed to stimulate their imaginations, increase their attention spans and provide arts enrichment.

Performance Details:

  • ~ 1 hour Performance
  • Three Stories
  • Music, Sound Effects & Voicecraft
  • Instruments: 6 or 12-string guitar, Celtic Harp, Alto Recorder and/or African Thumb Piano
  • Explanations of instruments
  • Stories are interactive and student participation is highly encouraged!
  • Stories are based on age-old ethical, moral and philosophical questions

Remember: we recommend K-3 and 4-6 shows for age-appropriate effect, but Odds can easily hold an audience of K-6th graders entirely spellbound. There is no limit to audience size. He is as comfortable in a gym as an auditorium. He requires one hour to set up and if local in New England, provides his own PA system. Venues that require a plane ride are asked to provide a suitable PA system for Odds to use, plus travel and lodging expenses.

1,3 & 5 Day Residencies & In-Class Sessions

Odds offers 1, 3 and 5-day residencies that begin with assembly performances followed by grade-appropriate storytelling/writing workshops. Often a community performance for parents and children culminates the visit.

  • For K-2 he offers Creative Storymaking, where children raise their hands to add ideas to original stories they create, live, with music and Odds’ help.
  • For 3rd grade and up, he offers versions of The Door to Imagination, a fun, exciting experience where students are guided with a story to discover and discuss their “Five Imaginations“. He links these discoveries to the writing process and creative learning habits.
In-class Workshop
45 Minutes
1-day Residency:
1 assembly performance
3 class workshops
3-day Residency:
2 assembly performances
10 class workshops
5-day Residency:
3 assembly performances
17 class workshops


For schools where students have access to individual iPads, a 3-5 day residency where 5th graders learn to score a spoken-word story with music and sound effects. Their content creation experience combines literature, music, imagination and technology.

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For fees, availability and booking information, contact us!