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Build A Better World Through Polka Music!
Help build a happier world through music and comedy with Uncle Mike's "Build a Better World Through Polka Music" show, perfect for 2017's CSLP and iRead summer reading themes! Your young patrons will be invited to display various hats while the audience guesses the jobs that go with them. Each occupation is related to a different design or building trade. The audience will have fun answering age and theme-appropriate trivia questions on various people and things that have helped make the world a better place, and will be encouraged to check out books on related subjects! They'll also no doubt get a kick out of Uncle Mike's jokes tailored to the reading theme! Catchy sing-along polka songs and a quick round of "Name that Tune" further complement the program theme, and of course no one goes home without doing the "Chicken Dance" and a special polka version of "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes." Participation opportunities abound in this show that's fun for all ages!

Program Length
Approximately 40-45 minutes. Flexible according to event need.

Best Suited For
Libraries; families, children in grades K through 5.

Indoor / Outdoor
Either.

Technical Requirements

  • A performing area of 8' wide x 6' deep minimum.
  • Uninterrupted use of the performing area at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.
  • Mike typically provides his own sound system. One grounded electrical outlet is required.
  • Mike requires a flat, dry performance area for outdoor programs.
  • A TV or LCD projector with a standard composite video input for optional video segment.

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UNCLE MIKE'S POLKA VARIETY SHOW
Enjoy learning about occupations, personal hygiene, and even a little bit of foreign language through Uncle Mike's catchy polka tunes! The fun of polka music is reinforced by educational and humorous video segments that cover age-appropriate reading, math and geography, plus how to dance the polka. The audience is encouraged to take part in a geography quiz about major cities, states or countries with polka roots; volunteer to wear various hats and guess the corresponding occupations; learn the steps to songs like the Chicken Dance; and sing along to all of Uncle Mike's polka songs.

Program Length
Approximately 45 minutes. Flexible according to event need.

Best Suited For
Libraries and schools; families, children in grades K through 5.

Indoor / Outdoor
Indoor preferred.

Included Video Segments

  • Math Challenge (watch)
  • Accordion History
  • Geography Challenge (watch)
  • How to Dance the Polka (watch)
  • Paul Bunyan and the History of Logging

Technical Requirements

  • A performing area of 8' wide x 6' deep minimum.
  • Uninterrupted use of the performing area at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.
  • Mike typically provides his own sound system. One grounded electrical outlet is required.
  • A TV or LCD projector with a standard composite video input.

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UNCLE MIKE'S OPERATION READ PROGRAM
Rediscover the fun of reading to the sounds of Uncle Mike's happy polka music! The occupations of airplane pilot, lumberjack, and railroad engineer are the focus of this program. Each occupation segment begins with the opportunity for a volunteer to wear a hat while the audience guesses the job that goes with it. Three short interactive video segments give your students or patrons a closer look at each career while providing a review on such reading terms as alliteration, compound word, short and long vowel sounds, onomatopoeia, and story sequencing. During the course of the program, the audience will be introduced to Amelia Earhart, Casey Jones, and Paul Bunyan, and will be encouraged to learn more by reading each of their books. Your students and patrons will be singing along to songs about each occupation, the alphabet, the five main vowels, and much more! Plus, get up and go to rollicking renditions of the "Chicken Dance" and "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!" Learn lots, get some exercise, and have tons of fun with Uncle Mike's Operation Read Program!

Program Length
Approximately 45 minutes. Flexible according to event need.

Best Suited For
Schools and libraries; children in grades K through 5.

Indoor / Outdoor
Indoor preferred.

Included Video Segments

  • Reading with Pilot Gina
  • Reading with Railroad Ron (watch)
  • Reading with Lumberjack Doug

Suggested Reading

  • “Who Was Amelia Earhart?” by Kate Jerome
  • “Casey Jones” by Allan Drummond
  • “Paul Bunyan” by Steven Kellogg

Technical Requirements

  • A performing area of 8' wide x 6' deep minimum.
  • Uninterrupted use of the performing area at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.
  • Mike typically provides his own sound system. One grounded electrical outlet is required.
  • A TV or LCD projector with a standard composite video input.

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UNCLE MIKE'S MUSIC & DANCE PROGRAM
Enjoy learning about the alphabet, occupations, and personal hygiene while getting a great get-up-and-move workout to Uncle Mike's polka snappy beat. Participation opportunities abound! The audience is invited to learn the steps to songs like the "Chicken Dance" and "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"; volunteer to wear various hats and guess the corresponding occupations; play name that tune for polka versions of three children's classics; and sing along to all of Uncle Mike's catchy polka songs.

Program Length
Typically 30-45 minutes. Flexible according to event need.

Best Suited For
Fairs, festivals, libraries; Families, children of all ages.

Indoor / Outdoor
Either.

Technical Requirements

  • A performing area of 8' wide x 6' deep minimum.
  • Uninterrupted use of the performing area at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.
  • Mike typically provides his own sound system. One grounded electrical outlet is required.
  • Mike requires a flat, dry performance area for outdoor programs.

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UNCLE MIKE CELEBRATES OKTOBERFEST
Looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate Oktoberfest or National Polka Month (January) at your library, school, or special event? Then look no further than Uncle Mike as he helps you celebrate these fantastic European traditions and
encourages your patrons to check out corresponding books in the process! Learn a little bit of the German language, how to do the "Chicken Dance" - the official dance of Oktoberfest, and even how to yodel! Plus, get a quick tutorial on the accordion and the history of polka music. Age-appropriate trivia questions, numerous volunteer opportunities and sing-alongs, and a special Pint Size Polkas edition of "Name That Tune" round out this exciting musical program that's fun for all ages!

Program Length
Approximately 45 minutes. Flexible according to event need.

Best Suited For
Libraries and schools; families, children in grades K through 8.

Indoor / Outdoor
Either.

Technical Requirements

  • A performing area of 8' wide x 6' deep minimum.
  • Uninterrupted use of the performing area at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.
  • Mike typically provides his own sound system. One grounded electrical outlet is required.
  • Mike requires a flat, dry performance area for outdoor programs.

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UNCLE MIKE PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF POLKA MUSIC
Direct from the state that made the polka its official state dance, Uncle Mike covers the history of the accordion and polka music, plus takes an in-depth look at the three main polka styles during this anything-but-boring presentation. Enjoy the sounds of some of the most famous polka songs ever played! The audience will learn the steps to songs like the "Chicken Dance," and is invited to take part in an interactive video quiz on the German, Polish, and Slovenian styles of polka music. To cap the program off, everyone will learn how to do the polka, courtesy of a video appearance by Wisconsin dairy farmers Ralph and Diane Boehlen.

Program Length
Approximately 45 minutes. Flexible according to event need.

Best Suited For
Libraries and schools; families, children in grades K through 8.

Indoor / Outdoor
Indoor preferred.

Included Video Segments

  • Accordion History
  • Polka Music History
  • Polka Style Challenge (watch)
  • How to Dance the Polka (watch)

Technical Requirements

  • A performing area of 8' wide x 6' deep minimum.
  • Uninterrupted use of the performing area at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.
  • Mike typically provides his own sound system. One grounded electrical outlet is required.
  • A TV or LCD projector with a standard composite video input.

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UNCLE MIKE CELEBRATES THE ENVIRONMENT
Perfect for Earth Day or any time a celebration of our planet is in order! Four occupation segments begin with the opportunity for a volunteer to wear a hat while the audience guesses the job that goes with it. Corresponding interactive video segments cover fuel efficient vehicles like the Solar Impulse airplane, the SuperTruck, and modern diesel locomotives while engaging your students or patrons in age-appropriate math and reading challenges. Plus, Lumberjack Doug reports from the North Woods on Paul Bunyan and the history of the logging profession. Sing along and participation opportunities abound throughout the show, including the ever-popular "Chicken Dance" and "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!" To cap the program off, everyone will learn how to do the polka, courtesy of a video appearance by Wisconsin dairy farmers Ralph and Diane Boehlen.

Program Length
Approximately 45 minutes. Flexible according to event need.

Best Suited For
Schools and libraries; children in grades K through 5.

Indoor / Outdoor
Indoor preferred.

Included Video Segments

  • Solar Impulse Airplane Math
  • SuperTruck Reading or Math
  • Diesel Train Fuel Efficiency Math
  • Paul Bunyan and the History of Logging
  • How to Dance the Polka (watch)

Technical Requirements

  • A performing area of 8' wide x 6' deep minimum.
  • Uninterrupted use of the performing area at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.
  • Mike typically provides his own sound system. One grounded electrical outlet is required.
  • A TV or LCD projector with a standard composite video input.

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UNCLE MIKE PRESENTS A PROGRAM JUST FOR YOU
Do you like elements from multiple programs listed above? Then contact Uncle Mike today with your ideas! Whether you'd like to combine reading with a lesson on the history of polka music, for instance, or you're interested in a series of shorter presentations, Uncle Mike will be happy to put together a custom program just for you. Contact Mike today for more information and to get your free price quote!

Technical Requirements

  • A performing area of 8' wide x 6' deep minimum.
  • Uninterrupted use of the performing area at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.
  • Mike typically provides his own sound system. One grounded electrical outlet is required.
  • A TV or LCD projector with a standard composite video input.

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Contact
Mike Schneider
P.O. Box 126
Clinton, WI 53525

(414) 431-4683 | E-mail
 
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Testimonials
"Thank you for a wonderful and FUN program! Everyone who attended had very positive comments. The music was great, and the multi-media content was fantastic, as well. You put on a top-notch show! Thanks for creating such a fun experience at the library for our patrons! I want to say 'You Rock,' but maybe I should say 'You Polka!'"
- Ann Hardginski, James J. Siebers Memorial Library

"Mike Schneider performed to a sell out crowd during our recent summer reading program. Although it was 100 degrees outside and as warm inside, 150 kids and families enthusiastically participated in this fast-paced interactive program. Mike has the ability to keep every participant involved with trivia, audience participation and of course foot stomping music to sing along with. He creates connections to books and the library at every turn. One parent stated her children (including a teenager) have become polka converts like their parents because of Mike's performance. I would highly recommend Mike Schneider and the Pint Size Polkas to any kind of group. This is a performer extraordinaire!"
- Julia Cartwright, Fond du Lac Public Library

"Let me tell you, he's awesome! Mike nailed it. If you want something really unique that will create long-lasting memories, bring Mike into your library. I'll sing his praises 'til the cows come home."
- Scott Routsong, Pelham Carnegie Library

"I wanted to take the time and say thank you so much for coming this year to the 2010 Wisconsin State Fair. We really enjoyed having you here, and you were a pleasure to work with. Your shows always went great, and the fairgoers loved having you there. Your performances were a lot of fun and it drew a huge crowd. I look forward to seeing you next year! Good luck with the rest of your year, and thank you again for participating with us at the 2010 Wisconsin State Fair!"
- Kristin Farina, Wisconsin State Fair

"Having the Pint Size Polkas party at our school was a great change of pace. Uncle Mike provided a very interesting and stimulating introduction to our students about the polka and the history of the accordion. Math, reading, and geography-related questions kept the audience participating in the presentation. The students just raved about the event. They even liked Uncle Mike’s costume. We’d surely have him back again!"
- Linda Walker, Garrett A. Morgan Elementary School

"Uncle Mike is a musical magnet for the pint-size crowd. Children are captivated by his polka music and friendly banter, and become active participants of his programs quickly and thoroughly! He's proof-positive that learning is fun when polka is involved."
- Joy Schnupp, Burlington Public Library

"Mike Schneider, a.k.a. Uncle Mike, and Pint Size Polkas are one of a kind! I introduced Uncle Mike by telling the young students that he plays music that is described as the happiest music there is. It didn’t take long for them to start believing it for themselves. Uncle Mike had them singing, dancing, clapping, smiling, and laughing. Kudos to Mike Schneider for introducing polka music to a new generation for a lifetime of fun."
- Craig Semingson, Eleva-Strum Elementary Schools

"Uncle Mike and his Pint Size Polkas program was a great hit at our library. Who would have known that important concepts like personal hygiene could be set to accordion music! The room was full of bouncing children and adults; you can't help but to move along to the beat. I was particularly impressed that he included not only music for audio listeners, but also video footage for those visual learners, too. From beginning to end, Mike was a pleasure to work with. For anyone looking for festive, family-friendly fun, I highly recommend Pint Size Polkas."
- Adaena Tray, Green Tree Public Library

"I have been a school superintendent for over 18 years and have witnessed numerous assemblies for our students. Mike Schneider’s 'Pint Size Polkas' far exceeded my expectations. Pint Size Polkas is not only entertaining and educational, but our K-6 students loved his program. Why? Because of Uncle Mike’s enthusiasm and how he involved the students. He even had them dancing the polka along with the staff members, several of whom told me how much they enjoyed the program. I would highly recommend the 'Pint Size Polkas' assembly."
- Darold Rounds, Colman-Egan School District

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Summerfest
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Wisconsin State Fair
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