Education

A Latin GRAMMY Award winner and teacher with a Master of Education degree, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) is a unique educator in the world of children’s music. In addition to headlining major theaters, festivals, and performing arts centers, Mister G gives keynote addresses at educational conferences, leads artist residencies at schools, and conducts professional development workshops for teachers. In addition to his work as a musician, he is also a children’s book author signed to Penguin Random House.

DC Bilingual School

Performing Arts Center and School Programs

1. Who Writes Songs? You Do! (1 hour)

Latin GRAMMY Award-winner Mister G empowers students to write their own songs and demystifies the writing process. Using examples from his award-winning albums, Mister G illustrates how great songs, like stories, follow a narrative form with a beginning, middle, and end. Employing basic concepts in literacy, students brainstorm specific imaginative details to create compelling characters and events, and then translate these ideas into lyrics. Using this student-generated material, Mister G demonstrates how a range of musical styles – including funk, rock, reggae, bluegrass, and jazz -can be paired with lyrics to invent a fully formed new song.

Curriculum Tie-Ins:

  • English Language Arts
  • Music
  • History and Social Science
  • Multicultural Studies
  • Spanish Language

2. Mundo Verde/Green World: Protecting our One Earth (1 hour)

In this interactive assembly, Latin GRAMMY winner Mister G guides students to draw the connection between exploration and appreciation of nature and the desire to conserve, protect, and defend the world in which we live. By incorporating scientific information into his engaging, dynamic songs, Mister G helps students learn important facts about biology, ecology, and physics. Children’s inherent curiosity about the natural world is a great jumping-off point for inspiring budding eco-activists.

Curriculum Tie-Ins:

  • Science and Technology
  • English Language Arts
  • Music
  • Multicultural Studies
  • Spanish Language

3. ABC Fiesta: Cross-Cultural Celebration with Mister G (1 hour)

In this dynamic, multicultural program, Latin GRAMMY winner Mister G uses call and response techniques to engage children in both Spanish and English. His four albums of original, bilingual music seamlessly weave together lyrics in both languages and a multitude of styles (salsa, bossa nova, merengue etc.)to create irresistible tunes that are both catchy and educational. For English-speaking children, the concert offers an excellent introduction to Spanish vocabulary and Latin-influenced music. For native Spanish-speaking children, the songs reinforce the value of their culture and language.

Curriculum Tie-Ins:

  • Spanish Language
  • English Language Arts
  • Music
  • History and Social Science
  • Multicultural Studies

What Educators are Saying

Original tunes full of kid-friendly lyrics, singable melodies, tight harmonies, and just-right arrangements.

School Library Journal

There was absolutely no better way to kick off the early childhood conference I hosted this year on behalf of Baltimore's Center for Jewish Education than with a music-driven keynote featuring Mister G! He and Missus G energized and invigorated all 280 of our teachers with a dynamic, fast-paced mini-concert and got them on their feet dancing and singing their way into the day.

Between songs, Mister and Missus G shared how music can help shape the classroom environment, bring new life to activities across the curriculum and strengthen children's social and emotional skills. I can't tell you how many teachers came up to me during the day and in the two weeks since the conference commending this excellent choice to start off our hands-on day of sensory-based learning.

In addition to the keynote, Ben and Katherine led two one-hour workshops that deepened the learning further for half of our educators. Together they explored simple ways to weave music and movement into the preschool classroom and use music as a jumping-off point for lessons and activities around community, the environment and much more.

Kudos to this dynamic duo for bringing their talent in a brilliant way to our educators!

Alison Zimbalist
Director, Early Childhood Education Services, Macks Center for Jewish Education, Baltimore, MD

Mister G combines his skills as a teacher with his talent as a musician and performer to bring unique musical experiences to children. Our students were enthusiastically engaged using their minds, voices and bodies to make music.

Cathy Reid
Director, Smith College Campus School