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Dave Hepler & Will Gould

About the artist

Dave Hepler is a pianist based in Indianapolis. He’s been a musician for 40 years, and has worked with Arts for Learning for 15 years teaching kids about jazz, creativity, and the power of improvisation. Dave studied at the Indiana University School of Music, and he has performed all throughout the Midwest. In Indianapolis, he has performed with a number of jazz musicians, and has been the house pianist at the Midtown Grill for over 20 years. By combining the art of storytelling with music, Dave opens kids’ minds to a new world of new sounds, melodies, and feelings. “Many times, it’s the kids’ first exposure to words and live music,” Dave said. “The hope is that it will inspire them to read more stories and learn more music—and that often happens.” Students take many lessons away from Dave’s performances, including: practice does make one better, working together yields good results, and that sometimes, just trying something new opens new doors.

Will Gould is an Indianapolis-based performance artist who specializes in acting, storytelling and impersonations. He’s been a performing since 1982, and he’s been with a teaching artist with Arts for Learning for 25 years. Will has a B.F.A. from The Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University; he taught Theatre Literature at The Orchard School from 1991-1997. Will does literature-based programming both by himself and with accompaniment from a pianist, Dave Hepler. “My programs are infused with vocal interpretations and more than a dash of nonsense and lunacy,” Will says. His energetic approach gets all students—even the most reserved ones—involved in the action. “I have a way with reluctant or shy students,” he says, adding that he hopes all of the students he works with come away with a new or renewed appreciation for the arts. “If I’ve encouraged even one student in the audience to pursue the arts and their talents, I feel I’ve done a good job,” he says. “Hopefully, their imaginations will be sparked and they’ll learn new ways to solve problems and new lessons about empathy, active listening, and collaboration.”

Programs

Storytelling and Music Workshop

Workshop

Storytelling and music open the gate to imagination, intuition, and self-expression and the students will never look at reading and music in the same way again. Students will learn lessons about rhythm, jazz, and improvisation.

This program meets standards in Language Arts Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: Pre-K
  • Length: 90 min
  • Audience Limit: 20

90 minute workshop: $269

Storytelling and Music Performance

Performance

Storytelling and music open the gate to imagination, intuition, and self-expression and the students will never look at reading and music in the same way again. Students will learn lessons about rhythm, jazz, and improvisation.

This program meets standards in Language Arts Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: Pre-K
  • Length: 30 min
  • Audience Limit: 120

30 minute Performance: $269

Aesop and Other Anthropomorphic Tales

Performance

Aesop’s fables are famous for turning common animals into story heroes. This program will highlight some of the best examples of tales of animals portraying human behaviors and learning life lessons.

This program meets standards in Language Arts Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: K-23-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $575 Double: $1,050

The Wild Things of Sendak

Performance

Will and Dave lead you on a journey into the works of Maurice Sendak that includes a wacky rendition of Where the Wild Things Are.

This program meets standards in Language Arts Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: K-23-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $575 Double: $1,050

Peter & the Wolf, Cartoons, and Jazz

Performance

This performance is a jazz adaptation of Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ using cartoon characters portraying Peter, his friends, and his nemesis, the wolf. In addition, the audience will hear stories from Dr. Seuss and other children’s authors.

This program meets standards in Language Arts Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: K-23-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $575 Double: $1,050

Sneetches, Jazz, and Celebrating Differences

Performance

A hilarious presentation reflecting on differences that teach us about ourselves and help us to laugh at being human. Selections include Seuss’s The Sneetches, Abiyo Yo, The Giving Tree, and Fats Waller’s Your Feets Too Big.

This program meets standards in Anti-Bullying Health & Wellness Language Arts Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: K-2
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $575 Double: $1,050

Nursery Rhymes, Jazzed and Seussed

Performance

This program is all about this and that, it’s part nursery rhyme and it’s part scat. By this title, we don’t mean to confuse, we just want to rhyme and play nursery rhyme blues! And guess what else this program has? Lots of words and lots of JAZZ! We’re just waiting to come to your school to create pizazz!

This program meets standards in Communication Critical Thinking Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: K-23-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $575 Double: $1,050

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