Violin Rocks!

Violinist Geoffrey Castle puts the violin back on center stage with virtuoso showmanship and a 21st century style. This dynamic performance will forever change students’ misconceptions of what is possible on a violin, while giving them a new perspective on the dynamic history of the ORIGINAL lead instrument.

Age Range
K-12

Violinist Geoffrey Castle puts the violin back on center stage with virtuoso showmanship and a 21st century style.   Violin Rocks! Rockstars Do Homework! is a musical assembly that will forever change students’ misconceptions of what is possible with a violin, and within themselves, while giving them a new perspective on the dynamic history of the ORIGINAL lead instrument.

Empower students to dream big and to fearlessly act upon big ideas. 

Geoffrey Castle uses his unique abilities and experiences to communicate to students a message of self-motivation and using education as an avenue to achieving one’s dreams. i.e. Rockstars Do Homework!  Students become empowered to have big dreams and to have the courage to act upon big ideas.

Experience the evolution of this classical instrument to the era of the 21st century.

Though originating in Italy, there are traditions of playing the violin from all over the world.  Geoffrey brings students on a journey exploring the different cultures from which various genres of music have been sourced throughout history, including Celtic, Middle-Eastern, Bluegrass, Classical, and Rock genres.  The difference between an electric and an acoustic violin, and the difference between a fiddle and a violin are discussed.

Suitable for all ages, and designed for maximum entertainment!  
This presentation combines musical performance and opportunities for student interaction and participation to engage and inspire!


In addition to school assemblies, workshops and small classroom presentations are also available.  All presentations emphasize self motivation and the use of school and education as a resource to achieving goals and dreams.

Workshops/Credits

Workshops:

GC workshop.jpgWith the school orchestra: in a one class period workshop Geoffrey walks students through the different equipment he uses to make his music.   He also discusses techniques and practice strategies for students who want to move into improvised and/or electric music on string instruments. This presentation is designed to be an informal question-and-answer session, with lots of opportunities for student interaction.

Classroom Presentation:

GC workshop 2.jpgThrough a show-and-tell and question-and-answer format, students learn what it is like to be a professional musician, and how education enables Geoffrey to be a successful musician and composer.

Credits:

"Don't mess with the fiddle man"  Bruce Springsteen
"One of the finest musicians I have ever had the pleasure to play with"  Alan White (YES, the drummer for John Lennon!)

GC workshop 3.jpgGeoffrey also played at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in North Carolina with members of Tower of Power, Yes, The Hooters, Queen, and Debbie Gibson.

  • Today we had our Discovery Day that featured Geoffrey Castle with “The Violin Rocks!” His performance was incredible!!!! The students and staff could not stop raving about him! Not only is he extremely talented, but he had such a great message for our students. We will definitely keep him in mind for future assemblies!!
    Sarah Kupryk - Teacher
    Washington ES
    Rutherford, NJ

     

  • Geoffrey Castle was amazing!  We thoroughly enjoyed having him perform at Cranbury School.  The students and teachers were amazed by his musical talent.  His electric violin show was truly exhilarating.  What a wonderful experience and we are so glad we had him as part of our enrichment program.
    Laura Dufort - Enrichment Coor.
    Cranbury School
    Norwalk, CT

  • Geoffrey did an amazing job of making the violin accessible to our 8-12 year olds. They had a great time, and we're excited to have him back!
    Adam Van der Sluis - Director of Programming
    Exploration Summer Programs
    Norwood, MA

  • This was an absolutely fantastic assembly! Kids and teachers are still talking about it as one of the best assemblies we've ever had at our school. Would be great to have Geoff work in our district some more.
    Steve Pointer - Principal
    Continuous Curriculum School
    Spokane, WA

  • Geoffrey Castle was very appreciated today by our students at Hazelwood. He played with absolute precision. Any child who even complained a little should be chastised and put in detention. He orchestrated the entire hour with reading as the crux of the message, as requested, and went above and beyond with his amazing talent.The show was very well thought-out and beautifully executed, a work of art.We are very fortunate to have him as a local artist. Thank you for the wonderful artist via your website. 
    Sonhui Steeds - PTA
    Hazelwood ES
    Auburn, WA

  • Geoffrey Castle's demeanor was exceptional. He was incredibility talented and likable. Geoffrey's performance was engaging and pitch perfect!
    Lisa Anderson - Children's Librarian
    Burlington Public Library
    Burlington, WA

  • Geoffrey Castle not only put on a GREAT show for our library patrons, being the son of a librarian, he really understood our mission.  He promoted reading and libraries throughout his show, inspiring our community.  Our patrons were mesmerized by his talent but his warmth, enthusiasm and inspiration for young people really made the show shine!  We look forward to having Geoffrey back at our library!
    Jenn Carter - Children's Librarian
    Redmond Library
    Redmond, WA

  • We loved Geoffrey! I overheard someone say "He was the PERFECT cherry on the top of our last week of school” and I couldn’t have said it better. The kids loved him, the teachers loved him, we, the PTA, loved him. He was so engaging! We loved how he walked through the sea of kids playing! Geoffrey is true talent and we just loved our morning with him!
    Jennifer Farlin - Cultural Arts Chair
    Canterbury Woods ES
    Annandale, VA

  • Geoffrey's program was at the Redmond Library not a school. His program was for all ages and he accommodated the theme very well. His program was part of a Summer Reading Program kick off event we had at our library. Not only did he rock the 144 patrons attending the program with his violin, he also promoted summer reading as well as any library worker and he did it extemporaneously. Geoffrey is a great performer with a great program. We thank him very much.
    Dan Shaffer - Adult Services Librarian
    Redmond Library
    Redmond, WA