Programming for Children (Ages 4-12)

Our audience of 800 children was transfixed. I was spellbound. This is the kind of experience that can open your eyes and ears to possibilities never imagined...
I asked the children as they were leaving the theatre after the concert how the experience had been for them. It was the first time I heard unanimous appreciation.

If you are trying to open your audiences to new horizons, if you are trying to expose the arts to children or adults, if you seek a new experience for yourself, I highly recommend the Guy Mendilow Ensemble to you.
— Chad Haight, Admiral Theatre, Bremerton WA

Arts for All! | Celebrity Series Boston

Move The Music!

• Length: 30-45 minutes • Ages: 4 - 12 (In Age Appropriate Groups) • Single Workshop or Multi-Day Residency • Maximum Group Size: 15

Guy has the ability to make an impact… he brings awe and excitement to the children…. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Guy perform and like the children, have been inspired and intrigued by what he has to share both musically and culturally.
— Mary Schofield, Bright Horizons Family Solutions World Headquarters, Watertown MA

In this joyous workshop, exciting experiential games nurture children's musicality and confidence in their own musical intuition. Discovery, active listening and spirit of play abound as children sing, move, laugh and improvise together.

Move the Music!

  • Reinforces creative problem solving, self-expression, and leadership skills.
  • Is based on the widely recognized Dalcroze Eurhythmics approach, in which Guy holds international certification as well a Masters degree.
  • Offers residencies for older children, which often culminate in participant-produced CDs or songwriting for musical plays. Ask us for samples of previous works! 

Children's Workshop | Curious George (PBS)

Around The World In Song

Length: 30-60 minutes • Ages: 5 - 12 (In Age Appropriate Groups) • Single Workshop or Multi-Day Residency • Suitable for Groups of Any Size • Teacher Resource Materials Available

From the moment they began, the children were mesmerized. Guy Mendilow is not only a talented musician, but a gifted educator as well. He could read the group perfectly and knew exactly what the students needed next. The other musicians in the group were equally talented and the whole group together was one of the best performances I have experienced in over 26 years of education.
— Tina Monroe, Principal, Indian Creek Elementary School, Cedar Rapids IA
There’s nothing that engages kids as much as showing your interest in them: that doesn’t happen as a general rule. Guy’s commitment grows out of a deep respect for the abilities, potential, and rights of kids.
— Montessori Corner, Plainsboro NJ

In Around The World In Song

  • Children meet some of the most fascinating "stars" of the band: the instruments themselves, such the munnharpa (jaw harp), a musical bow and arrow and overtone singing.
  • Fun stories, exciting musical games and joyous sing-alongs introduce children to music from Ensemble members' homes worldwide!

Artist Statement

"Only our best is just good enough for children." — Zoltán Kodály

That's a sentiment we take to heart because we know that children's early music experiences shape the rest of their musical lives. It’s a responsibility — and a privilege — to give our very best to children. Drawing on our experience as a music educators, teacher trainers and parents, we strive to create the most engaging, interactive and pedagogically sound concerts for young audiences. — Guy Mendilow

Guy Mendilow

M.M. Longy School of Music; International Certificate, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Longy School of Music; B.A. Oberlin College

A citizen of Israel, Great Britain and the U.S. Guy Mendilow grew up touring internationally, starting his professional stage career at age ten with the American Boychoir. Today, Mendilow directs the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, "An international tour de force” (Bethlehem Morning Call) from Israel, Palestine, Argentina and the USA,  combining world-class musicianship with cinematic storytelling in shows that “explode with artistry, refinement, and excitement” (Hebrew Union College), whisking audiences to distant times and picturesque places and inspiring resonance with lesser known cultures and histories.  The Guy Mendilow Ensemble was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works  grant for public engagement with diverse and excellent art and the strengthening of communities through the arts. GME develops artist residencies for leading performing arts organizations including Celebrity Series of Boston and transports audiences at performing arts centers in the U.S. and Canada including the Clayton Center for the Performing Arts (Maryville TN) , Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Urbana IL), the Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport, MA) and the Port Theatre (Nanaimo, British Columbia).

Mendilow is a visiting teaching artist in schools and universities across the U.S. including Harvard University, Cornell University, Brandeis University, Oberlin College, University of Oregon and the University of Washington, and directs the Dalcroze School of Boston, offering Dalcroze Education for children and adults in the Boston area.