About the Artist
Sirius Coyote offers a duo (Giovanni Ciarlo and Kathleen Sartor) or trio format (add Dennis Waring) that engages students in singing, clapping and playing original songs in Spanish and English that address contemporary cultural, social, and environmental issues tied to the Common Core Curriculum Standards for Education. Many of their instruments are derived from ancient traditions of the Earth, and reflect the sounds occurring in nature of the wind, birds, animals, waterfalls, oceans, the jungle and deserts. They use guitar, flutes, drums and voice to engage young learners in music that is both ancient and contemporary. Focusing on environmental awareness, community building, sustainability and diversity through music, Sirius Coyote brings to life the history and folklore of the Americas, with an emphasis on the music and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean.
From Mitchell School in Woodbury, “Kathleen and Giovanni’s “Going Green” performances and workshops worked beautifully with our school’s Earth Day activities. It was great to see our kids singing, clapping, snapping, dancing, and playing musical instruments!! And all this while learning about the rain forest, conservation, the story of musical instruments, and cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean!!! Thank you so much for including us in an experience that made us think seriously about ourselves as members of the earth’s community”.
Music of the Americas Concert Performance (Grades K-5)
Enchanting rhythms and folklore enhance this richly entertaining performance with music ranging from Pre-Columbian instrumentation to Hispanic Nueva Cancion and World Fusion. Most songs are sung in Spanish with English translations. The audience will sing, clap, and dance their way on a journey through the Americas that ties to the Common Core Curriculum for Social Studies, Science, Art, and Language.
iBienvenidos! Welcome All (Grades K-3)
Through stories and music students will experience Spanish and the culture of Latin America. All languages have rhythm-discover the rhythm of Spanish and students’ own language. This program ties to the Common Core Curriculum for Language: Speaking and Listening.
Music and Movement for Little Ears (PK)
Kathleen Sartor will lead the PK classroom in a series of rhythms, chants, and movements that associate sound with the body’s reflexes and playful learning. This program ties to the Common Core Curriculum for Language: Speaking and Listening.
Earth Music (Grades K-6)
This program is based on original and popular songs that focus on the need to know about contemporary issues affecting our environment. It focuses on ecological literacy, environmental decisions, and the science of climate change. Optional: use of a portable solar generator designed and built by the artists to power their PA equipment. This program ties to the Common Core Curriculum for Social Studies and Science.
Residency (Three Days)–The Rainforest Classroom-Roots of Latin American Music and Culture (Grades 3-8)
The artists immerse students of grade levels 3 to 8 in a Rainforest of The Americas experience through stories, music, song, artifacts, ecology, and critical analysis of the environmental effects of human cultures. Students hear personal accounts of the artists’ experience traveling and working in the rainforests of Central and South America and play authentic musical instruments from the rainforest. Students assemble a simple, but good quality musical instrument of rainforest design, using locally available natural materials. Students also learn and write their own songs and compose music for a culminating performance in front of a live audience, the rest of the school. This program ties to the Common Core Curriculum for Social Studies, Science, and Language through hands on experience and research.
Instrument-Making Workshop (Grades 3-8)
Participants are introduced to the tools, materials and construction techniques needed to build their own musical instruments. Based on traditional designs and principles. String, wind and percussion instruments are built from readily available natural materials. This program ties to the Common Core Curriculum for the Arts, Social Studies, and Science. A small fee is charged for materials provided by the artists. ($7.00 per kit)
Single Performance: Duo-$1075 Trio-$1,435
Back to Back Performances: Duo-$1,290 Trio-$1,795
Residency-5 days $2875 for two artists
2 Workshops $500 (plus $7 -applies only to instrument making workshop)/one artist.
4 Workshops $900 (plus $7 -applies only to instrument making workshop)/two artists.
Sample Common Core Standards addressed:
Grade K: Speaking and Listening Standard 2: Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
Grade K: Science Standard 4: Some objects are natural, while others have been designed and made by people to improve the quality of life.
Grade 1: Science Standard 2: Living things have different structures and behaviors that allow them to meet their basic needs.
Grade 2: Speaking and Listening Standard 3: Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
Grade 2: Science Standard 3: Earth materials have varied physical properties that make them useful in different ways.
Grade 3: Speaking and Listening Standard 2: Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats.
Grade 3: Science Standard 4: Earth materials provide resources for all living things, but these resources are limited and should be conserved.
Grade 4: Speaking and Listening Standard 3: Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.
Grade 4: Science Standard 4: Electrical and magnetic energy can be transferred and transformed.
Grade 5: Social Studies Standard 1: Knowledge of concepts, themes, and information from history and social studies is necessary to promote understanding of our nation and our world.
Grade 5: Speaking and Listening Standard 3: Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.
Grade 5: Science Standard 1: Sound and light are forms of energy.
Program Guide: Sirius Coyote