Programs & Workshops


Any of Katherine’s programs can be adapted to fit into a specific theme for Summer Reading or other specialty event/program.

With a lively style that’s packed with participation, award-winning songwriter, recording and teaching artist Katherine Dines involves audiences of all sizes with movement, sign language, sing-alongs, zany props and more, and inspires children to dream BIG and activate their imaginations.
*Can be offered in PM with songs about going to sleep, dreaming, etc.

Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta FUNsies! New activity songs- (bounces, claps, taps and lap sit songs) especially for parents/care givers and babies 4-18 months.

Katherine Dines has captivated audiences throughout the globe since 1992.  She performs original and traditional songs and stories from her 11 award-winning Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta® Music CDs. Packed with participation, Katherine engages audiences of all ages with movement, story songs, sign language, sing-alongs, percussion, zany props and more, to create a uniquely entertaining and educational experience.
*Specific themes, words, people, and places relevant to each venue     can be incorporated into performances.

Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta BAND For FAMILIES:
Same program as above, with the added fun of two amazing musicians.  Ed Contreras plays a wide variety of percussive instruments from around the world, and Brian Mullins adds in his own expertise with many stringed instruments, flute and jaw harps!



These 45 to 90 minute presentations focus on the impact of sound and music on the lives of young children. They are interactive, multicultural and provide sound awareness adventures for care givers and early childhood educators that present important brain research and information in the field of sound technology. Groups will experience a variety of powerful music activities to help build learning skills and integrate music into standards curriculum.



During one to six-hour In-Service Training for caregivers librarians and educators, Katherine presents new material (chants, songs and musical activities) from the Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta BOO, Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta MAKIN’ MOO, or Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta FUNsies activity guides.  Co-developed by Early Childhood Specialist, Diane Batchelor (Tuscaloosa, AL City Schools), and National Board Certified Teacher Carrie Fleming, (K-4th Grades), the guides integrate new music into all areas of curriculum:  art, math, language, social studies and science, food, movement and games and meet US national standards. Participants explore the effects of sound, and participate in a variety of hands on-activities, including one make-and-take, creativity adventures, listening exercises, movement, games and more.  Handouts provided.



Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Music assemblies are 45 to 60 minutes in length and can be targeted to specific age groups as well as mixed ages (Pre-K-5th/6th).  Songs and activities can also connect directly to curriculum and provide students with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the song writing process. The highly participatory performances thoroughly engage students in learning through call-and-response, zipper songs, American Sign Language, zany props, humor and movement.  Adequate time is allotted for questions.



0-24 Months.  Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta FUNsies! – This workshop is for parents, caregivers and babies/toddlers from four to 24 months.   Participants will learn a number of songs and activities created to develop baby’s earliest skills through music and movement.  Bounces, claps, taps, lap-sits, sound awareness, and more activities that enhance brain and motor development.

1-3 Years.  Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta TODDLER TIME – Parents, care-providers and their toddlers explore a host of musical activities (rhythm, sounds, finger plays, small and gross motor skills) created to help boost coordination, brain and motor development.  Participants will stretch, march, hop, jump, spin, bend and crawl.  Solid rhythms and simple singable lyrics will help toddlers build phonemic awareness along with pre-reading skills

Pre-K-6 Years.  Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta FUN!  – Designed to help develop pre-literacy, small and gross motor and other learning skills, this workshop motivates minds and activates bodies of young children ages 3-6.  Beginning with a short circle time warm-up, children  move around and across the room to songs and rhythms and end the session with a creative cool down.

K-1; 2nd-5th Grades.  Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta SOUNDS!  Students listen to, try to identify and then emulate a series of unusual sounds collected and recorded from different parts of the world.  An interesting array of unique musical instruments from other cultures are also demonstrated in this hands-on workshop.  Can also be presented separately for older grades (4-5th) with focus on ethnic cultures, natural history and geography.

K-5th Grades.  Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta MAKIN’ MUSIC! –  Select one of 22 different instruments designed by Katherine, for students ages 3-11 to make during this workshop. Then watch as they proudly play along to an original song.  (All designs use inexpensive materials and/or found or recycled objects.  Complete materials list provided in advance).

3rd-5th Grades.  Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta CHANTS –  Students will explore history behind many interesting phrases, rhythmic chants and songs from around the globe.  Presentation includes: a welcome chant (Ghana), field holler (US east coast), sea shanty (Ireland), chain gang (US south), washing day ditty (Jamaica), clapping game (Brazil) sheep-shearing (Scotland) and others.

K-5th Grades.  Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta BULLY PROOF!  A musical program that generates greater understanding of bullies; inspires students to modify their  reactions toward bullish behavior and songs and participatory activities that encourage cooperation, acceptance and kindness.

K-5th Grade Levels.  Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta WRITE-A-SONG! – A group of students ages 5 to 12 create their own lyrics to a song and record it.  In smaller groups and in longer residencies where time allows,  students may write and record their own songs.   If time allows, students also have the option of choreographing and performing their song. This works well for PTO events.  (Song writing Study Guide provided prior to this workshop upon request).

Pre-K-5th.  Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta BOOGIE! – (Songs and chants to sing and dance from around the world)).  Traditional chants from around the world and original songs that actively involve audiences with singing and movement.  Multicultural and historical in focus.

3rd-5th Grades.  Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta WACKY WORDS!  – Students participate in an English language adventure through songs, visual props, movement, and musical activities. Pronouns, adjectives, punctuation, clichés, some Sign Language, reading, writing and more.

4th-5th Grades.  Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta SELF ESTEEM – A lively combination of songs and music activities that are especially designed to foster self-esteem.

65 Years and Up.  Hunk•Ta•Bunk•Ta SENIORS! – Senior citizens get to try out their eyes, ears, hands and bodies on any of the above workshops.  This is an overlooked workshop that has much to offer communities, and is also effective when presented simultaneously multi-generation ally with children.



Residencies are planned by a school liaison or committee and Katherine several months in advance, and are from one whole day to three whole weeks in duration depending on availability.  Curriculum ties are emphasized!  During a typical residency, each class writes and records one song.  Katherine offers up to five classes per day, and three 50-minute sessions are suggested for each class.  The school also designates a small quiet space (with a desk and flip chart) for Katherine to use as an “artist’s studio” during the residency.   Students are encouraged to visit Katherine’s studio and observe and ask questions as  works on developing her own material.  A kickoff interactive performance (school assembly or community performance) of Katherine’s own award-winning songs introduces the craft of song writing, and motivates the students prior to the residency.  A closing performance where students perform the songs they have written is also offered.

No limit on audience capacity, providing adequate sound system is available.

If you have any questions about our music workshops or education through music, please feel free to contact Katherine Dines today!

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