School Programs

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Tim Van Egmond weaves together tales, tunes, and songs – from the rib-tickling to the spine-tingling to the heart-warming. MUSIC flows in and around his stories through his singing and playing on a wide variety of traditional instruments (including limberjack, hammered and mountain dulcimers, mouth bow, guitar, conga drum, and pennywhistle). MOVEMENT is a feature of his dynamic style, making each story or song vivid and real. His dramatic use of VOICE and MOVEMENT brings stories vividly to life, and his gift of encouraging PARTICIPATION makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. Each program includes EDUCATIONAL materials for teachers and is tailored to meet special needs and interests of sponsors and participants.


Building Bridges – stories and songs of community and connectedness, a celebration of multicultural diversity promoting understanding and appreciation of our common humanity.

Seasons and Holidays – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, St. Patrick’s Day, and more.

Continents, Countries, and Cultures – stories from around the world, highlighting a particular place and people (New England, Appalachians, Native America, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa).

Hearing Nature’s Voice – stories and songs of our relationship with Mother Earth; learning the importance of living in harmony with the natural environment.

Sun And Moon And Stars – creation myths and sky lore from various cultures; the how and why legends of the shining lights in the heavens, with their patterns and movements.

You’re (Not So) Different From Me – Songs and stories about people with disabilities; helping to dispel the barriers between the “able” and disabled.

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WORKSHOPS include:

Student Workshops – 

Singing Games For Language Arts!
A high-spirited way for Pre-K to Grade 2 students to absorb and embody language arts through traditional songs and movement! From “do the camel walk” to “round-dee-doo-bop,” students will sing and “step it down” in circles, paired up in facing lines, or spread out in front of the leader. For more information including Core Learning Standards addressed, click here. 

Adventures in Storytelling (Beginning)

Teacher Workshops –

Integrating Storytelling in the Classroom

Storytelling and Music in Special Education

• Tim was selected by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for its STARS Residency Programs in schools.
• For assemblies and workshops, Tim can assist Massachusetts schools in applying for Local Cultural Council grants.
• All elementary school libraries are eligible to apply for minigrants from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation (deadline is September 15 of each year).

PRAISE FOR TIM’S EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND WORKSHOPS:“His artistry in story-telling is superb.… His folksinging is also excellent.… knowing something of our curriculum, he brought material which related to it, and thereby enhanced our work. I give him my highest recomendation. He relates beautifully to children, and is able to involve them actively in the performance.”
Stefan Vogel, Principal, Bernice A. Ray School, Hanover, NH

“I spoke to many children afterwards, including my own, and they all thoroughly enjoyed the stories and songs which told an important message in an entertaining way. My children are still humming the tunes.”
Charlene Pilon, Burgess Elementary School PTO, Sturbridge, MA

“The storytelling workshop performed by Tim Van Egmond was dynamic. … I was quite impressed with Tim’s work. My students were totally engrossed. Tim’s presentation was varied, exciting, and memorable. He combined music, humor, and story to capture the students’ attention and imagination.”
Margarita Bonifaz, 7th Grade English Teacher
Amherst (MA) Regional Middle School

“Just a quick thank you for participating in our Arts Adventure Day with such enthusiasm, energy & professionalism. It oozes out of you! The 3rd grade teacher stopped me at one point to say what a wonderful job you did engaging the students.”
Nancy K. Mahoney, Cultural Arts Committee
Williamsburg, MA Elementary Schools

“100% great stories!”
young student, Cannon Road Elementary School, Silver Spring, MD


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