Hal has done outstanding assemblies about music and sound for my fourth grade gifted students. He had them enthralled the entire time; they would speak of him all throughout the school year. They learned about the science and culture of music, experimented with sound, expressed themselves creatively and with enthusiasm in the dynamic presence of "Dr. Hal", and many of them opened up for the first time in the school year. They were comfortable with Hal and yet challenged to think for themselves. I am in the process of hiring Hal to come to do presentations for my school so that many more students can benefit from his wisdom and creativity. I am grateful that the teacher I replaced left me Hal's information. I cannot imagine a school year without him!”September 15, 2009
Top qualities: Personable , High Integrity , Creative Jackie Jagielski, Gifte & Talented, Sycamore Trails Elementary, Elgin IL.
I hired and have also attended a number of Dr. Hal Kacanek’s music programs for children. I have seen him perform at libraries, scout troops and schools. His different programs provide a wonderful mix of education, entertainment and interaction that will appeal to children and adults alike. Whether it was making musical instruments or learning about the principals of sound I received lots of positive comments from both kids and adults in the audience. He is a great choice for events of this type.” September 9, 2009
Top qualities: Great Results , Expert , Creative Michael Ward, Parent & District Sales Manager US Bank, Waukesha WI
Dr. Hal did a presentation on world music and sounds for our home school group in May 2008. The experience was exceptional! He was able to keep the attention of very young children all the way up through their parents for an entire 90 minute presentation, and it was done with great knowledge and enthusiasm! I heartily recommend anyone to hire Dr. Hal for their next music presentation! I still run into people almost a year later who comment on what a great experience it was and how their child was so turned on to music! We plan on having him back again.”March 17, 2009
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative Linda Tennies, home school organizer, Hartford WI.
What a fabulous program you put on for us! I thoroughly enjoyed your homemade
instruments, your demonstration of sound, your outstanding musicianship, and
your great rapport with the students. I am so glad I was able to sit and learn
along with the students! The students have been talking about it nonstop! Linda
Runingen, music specialist, Randall El., Waukesha WI.
First, I want to say that your program(s) at our school were "wonderful." Yours
is a program that integrates, science, social studies, art and of course,
music. Who could ask for anything more? Our teachers and students could not
say enough good things. We still are digesting the rich and exciting material
you presented. Your program not only filled the students' minds with facts,
but also touched their hearts with the wonder of sound as music. I still
have the students reflect on your comments regarding tone. It helped to reinforce
the concept that how we speak to each other reflects what our heart truly
feels. Terri Fuller, music teacher & asst. principal, Mayville WI elementary
and middle school.
" You have been here three times and each time your program has been inventive, instructional and most of all fun. Many of the children and parents who have attended your programs have commented to us that they thought your program was wonderful. We especially enjoy the musical intruments from other cultures. Also, your information about other countries and other ways of doing things, is very helpful to all those who attend. The instruments that you make out of ordinary materials is also very useful to the parents and other adults. Several of them have told us that they hope to try some of the ideas you present. This is only a brief idea of what we think of your programs. I could go on and on about how happy we have all been with your presentations.Sandra Cope, Head of Children's Services, Waukesha Public Library.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your contribution
to our successful summer - the "Global Soundscape" program was
great! Jenny Wegener, Children's/YA Librarian, Oak Creek Public Library
Dr. Hal guided tour of Java & Bali, Indonesia
Thanks for making such a special trip with special memories possible. All of us will take a part of Indonesia into our lives forever! Until we return...Mary Ann
Sir Hal - It all started in Madison Wisconsin. The journey took us a great distance from there. The adventure and appreciations have and will continue to help me grow. May all your passages be safe. Shalom...Pat
Thank you so much for such a fine Indonesian adventure. You really know how to treat people. I'll never forget our special times together as a group. New friendships have been great!! John
What a trip! I have been impressed with your love of this beautiful country. Thank you for sharing this with a specialgroup! Cheri
Thank you, Hal, for making this trip expecially wonderful for us all. Because of you I have experienced some of the finest wonders of the world. Best of love to you. Lynn
This was a really special trip for me. Your plans, patience, and arrangements made this possible. Be sure to keep in touch! Shannon
Thanks for a special time. Many good times in a short time. Until next time. Kathy
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