General Booking

Joe Reilly performs for audiences of all ages in a diverse variety of venues including but not limited to schools, colleges and universities, nature centers, libraries, community centers, festivals, churches, temples, stores, coffee shops, and living rooms. Joe performs solo and with various ensembles featuring some of the finest local musicians. Joe also offers online performances in live stream or pre-recorded formats. Contact Joe for adaptable pricing!

School Assemblies & Educational Programs

Happy Songs Virtual Program
Joe Reilly Offers Social Emotional Learning with Music and Mindfulness

Feedback from students
“I had so much fun. I enjoyed the breathing, it calmed me down.”

“You made my morning super fun. I was excited to meet a new creative person like you since we can’t go to school. It was awesome to have the chance to meet you over video chat. It was very soothing and relaxing and satisfying to the soul. Thank you so much for the wonderful morning!”

“Thank you for coming to the meeting. It was the best. I hope you come again. The turkey song is very funny. You are good at singing. Please come again!”

Virtual Program Description
With the collective stresses and challenges caused by the ongoing health pandemic and the subsequent pressures and limitations of virtual learning, students and educators are in need of additional forms of social and emotional support and engagement. Singer, songwriter, social worker, and mindfulness practitioner Joe Reilly uses his specially created music, movement, and mindfulness exercises to help meet the social emotional needs of students in the virtual classroom environment. Drawing from his years of experience as a performer, educator, and clinical social worker, Joe helps empower students to name and express their emotions within a safe and supportive setting, creating a stronger sense of belonging while increasing resilience among students. 

Song Examples 
Joe shares his original songs with students. His songs teach students about respect and inclusiveness, friendship, kindness, and peace. 
Songs include The Circle, Breathing, and Be Kind.

Songwriting Example
Joe also offers group songwriting in the virtual format. Here is a video of one song Joe wrote with a Kindergarten classroom in the Boggs School in Detroit in May 2020.

Mindfulness Examples
Joe shares simple practices of awareness that help students increase attention and decrease stress. Here is an example of one of Joe’s mindfulness exercises and another example of how Joe includes movement in his programs

Digital Platform
Joe can join your virtual classroom in whatever platform you use, or he can create his own Zoom link and invite you and your students to join. You choose what works best for you!

In-Person Programs
Joe makes learning fun! Joe tailors his program to the appropriate grade level and brings smiles to audiences while teaching ecology, environmental science, diversity, and social-emotional learning with creative lyrics and catchy melodies.

In addition to Social Emotional Learning, curriculum areas that can be covered in Joe’s assembly include: Michigan facts and features, animal classification, the water cycle, respect for others, diversity, reading, writing, empathy, kindness, and community.

Joe is excited to be included in the 2018-21 Michigan Arts and Humanities Touring Artist Directory.  The Michigan Humanities Council has grants available for Michigan schools and non-profits that cover up to 40% of Joe’s performance fee!  Click here for information about the grant application process.

In addition to elementary schools throughout Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas, Joe’s children and family performances have included:

  • Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
  • Lopez Library, Lopez Island, WA
  • Malcolm X Library, San Diego, CA
  • La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA
  • North Park Nature Center, Chicago, IL
  • Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Leslie Science and Nature Center, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Islandwood Environmental School, Bainbridge Island, WA

Joe has performed at our school.  Our kids LOVE listening to his songs during our class meeting times (we have a meeting in the am and another at the end of the day and play music to signal the start of mtg).  Each year we have a spring program where our kids sing and dance and sign and read/perform poetry and share what they have learned throughout the school year.  This year, they are interested in singing Joe’s song ‘I Love Nature.’

Teacher Paddock Elementary in Milan, MI

Songwriting Workshops & Residencies

Joe has written dozens of songs with groups of kids and adults in schools, community centers, churches, temples, festivals, and libraries. Using a collaborative approach that cultivates students’ abilities to listen to their inner creative voices, Joe facilitates a writing process that is empowering and inspirational. By sharing his own creative writing method with the group, Joe is able to help others get in touch with their true selves and find the courage to express their voices.

I LOVED working with Joe Reilly. He was amazingly compassionate, fun and easy-going. I was impressed by the way he integrated the students’ words into music. He asked them to introduce themselves by name and by something they love about nature. Then he wrote them all down and simply played his guitar and sang the words they had spoken. That was the beginning of the creation of our beautiful song.

One of the most challenging students in my field group came up with the title/chorus (“nature provides everything we need”) and when Joe asked what seeds need to grow, he said “patience.” It was wonderful to see this side of my student and it inspired me to listen to him better. I am so proud of what they created – I sing it to myself often. Make sure Joe comes back in future years! It was a treat to work with him!

JP Islandwood School, Bainbridge, WA