Howard B Brunner Elementary
Two Assemblies That Students, Parents,
Teachers and Administrators All Love
(One with versions for grades 3-12, one for K-6)
Introduction and Proposal
Greetings, and thank you for your interest in my educational yet entertaining cultural arts assembly shows. Sorry I've been so busy and hard to speak to!
Below you'll find:
- the custom quote for pricing based on your area
- Frequently Asked Questions
- The preview video and information about both assemblies
- A fun video of me on The Today Show
Feel free to share this link with others. It's meant to be a simple way to see all of the details about both shows. Also, please explore the rest of the site with the navigation choices at the top of the page to learn more about me and my school assembly shows.
Should you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Date: TBD, 2015-2016 school year
Location: Howard B Brunner Elementary School,
Fee includes all travel and expenses.
Pricing for your area for ANy two shows
(2 FUNance, or One FUNance and ONe Feats of Memory, Plus a Free Pre-K Mini Show)
"The FUNance For Kids Show" (Grades K-2 and 3-4)
"THE FEATS OF MEMORY SHOW" (GRADES 3-4)
You get two fun-filled assembly shows customized to fit your schedule (40-60 minutes).
- Optional FREE 5-15 minute Question and Answer session after the shows
- Optional FREE 5-15 minute "VIP" session after the shows for one class or a small group: pictures, a chance to meet the performer, ask more detailed questions or have a discussion about the arts or the assembly subjects
- Printable 8.5x11 poster (PDF file) to announce the shows
- Pre-show handout for teachers (PDF file)
- Post-show handout (PDF file and/or link for downloading) for parents
- Study guide for teachers (PDF file)
- With The Feats of Memory Show, receive up to 10 free books (Unlock Your Amazing Memory by Brad Zupp), a $120 value
- Updates and confirmation emails so you always know what is happening
- Free Pre-K mini show of FUNance, performed in their classroom and customized for their grade
Two shows + free Pre-K mini show: $1,095*
*(First show: $795, +$300 for each additional show at the same school on the same day; free Pre-K show is only available with the booking of two full shows)
Pricing includes all travel, tolls, hotel, food, etc. There are no additional fees.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do you need (stage requirements, sound system, etc.)?
A: Brad's goal is to be the easiest-to-work-with performer you have ever met! The only items needed for the assembly show are:
- An indoor location that is at least 12 feet wide by 6 feet deep, with a power outlet within 50 feet.
- Students ready to have fun and learn!
Brad brings his own sound system, backdrop (to be used where needed), extension cord, water bottle, etc. He can carry everything and set it up himself: he strives to be fully self-contained. Setup takes about an hour, and packing up takes about 30 minutes (both can be done with students in the area: band rehearsal before school, lunch or gym class near the performance space after the shows, etc.)
For The Feats of Memory Show only, if available, Brad requests access to the school's projector screen. Brad has his own 4'x8' screen he brings along, just in case, but it's often easier to use the school's. (Brad brings his own projector as well.) (Not needed for The FUNance For Kids Show.)
Q: How long are the shows?
A: All the shows are adjustable based on your time constraints, but are ideally 40-50 minutes.
Keep in mind that if a show is scheduled for 9:30 that needs to finish by 10:15 (45 minutes), but the classes are called to the gym/auditorium at 9:30, the show more than likely will not start until 9:40 or 9:45, depending on school size, how quickly the classes arrive, and how long the introduction is (announcements, etc.).
That leaves about 35 minute, which is possible but not recommended. Try to plan for at least 40 minutes from the time Brad starts the performance.
Q: We have a K-6 school and want The FUNance Show for the younger students and The Feats of Memory Show for the older students. Can you do that?
A. Definitely, and it's no problem. Brad needs about 10 minutes between shows (with no students in the area) to change the props and switch to the next show. Also, there is no extra fee to do two different shows at one school. It's the same price as quoted above.
Q: How many students can you accommodate in one performance?
A: Brad can perform for as many people as you can fit in your assembly space. However, most schools prefer two groups unless the assembly is for an individual grade.
Please note, for The FUNance For Kids Show, Brad does not offer an all-ages show, but offers a "younger" version (usually K-2 or K-3) and an "older" version (usually grades 2-5 or 3-6). Custom versions may be available (contact Brad about your situation), but it's best to keep the grade ranges together if at all possible, both for the education and the enjoyment of the arts.
Q: We are a K-6 school and want The FUNance For Kids Show, but we need to have the groups as: grades K, 3, 4 & 5 first show, and grades 1, 2 and 6 for the second show. Is that okay?
A. It's not practical. Imagine teaching math to these groups and you can see the difficulties. As soon as you explain something to the younger students, the older ones roll their eyes and get bored. When you focus on the older students, the younger ones are lost and get antsy. As in the paragraph above, The FUNance Show works best when the grades are split into younger students for one show and older students for the other. If this is impossible, contact Brad and he may have a solution he's used in other situations.
Q. We are a grade K-2 (or 3-4 or Pk-8 or 5-7 or 6-9 or...) and we would like XYZ. Can you do that?
A. For any requests like this, just send Brad an email or give him a call. With his years of experience, he can work with you to find the perfect fit for your specific situation.
Q. What is the optional Q&A session and how long is it?
A. Students frequently have questions about both the entertainment and educational aspects of the assembly. If time allows, Brad is happy to answer questions. Students love the individual attention and getting their questions answered. Allow from 5-15 minutes.
Q. What is the optional VIP Workshop and how long is it?
The VIP Workshop is a 15-45 minute informal session following the show, either where the assembly is held or in a classroom. It's recommended for groups who desire customized instruction, putting what they learn during the assembly into practice. Brad takes questions (or works with the teacher(s) via email beforehand) to help the group with examples specific to their needs. It's a great reward for a class or a small group, or extra help for a group in need.
Q. Why don't you have a version of the Feats of Memory Show for younger students (K-2)?
A. He's working on it! But Brad hasn't figured out a way to make the assembly for younger students as impressive, instructional and entertaining as the versions for grades 3-12. In the meantime, he suggests the FUNance For Kids assembly, where he delights and amazes K-2/3 students while they learn about personal finance and the importance of math in everyday life. The FUNance and Feats of Memory Shows can be performed back to back for the different grades with only 10 minutes setup between shows.
Q. We have a K-6 school. We need two assemblies but you only offer the Feats of Memory Show for grades 3-6. What can you do?
A. As above, Brad suggests performing the Feats of Memory Show for the older students and the FUNance For Kids Show for the younger grades.
Q. What do you offer for Pre-K?
A. Brad offers a completely free FUNance For Kids mini-assembly for Pre-K (when combined with two other shows for the older students). Brad will go to the Pre-K classroom and perform a funny, 10-15 minute version of the FUNance show specifically designed for the younger students.
Q. Can you offer us a discount for a certain day/month, block booking, time of day, etc?
A. Discounts are offered for block bookings. Call with the number of schools and discuss the situation. Otherwise, unfortunately, discounts are rarely available, but call Brad to discuss ways to get community sponsorship, grants, etc.
Q. Are you shows BOCES registered (New York state)?
A. Yes. Both the Feats of Memory Show and the FUNance For Kids Show are BOCES registered (note that "BOCES approved" is a term that many BOCES have requested performers no longer use, which is why it's "BOCES registered"! The pricing should be the same as the quote above. If it's not, notify Brad, he'll figure out what has happened.
Q. How do your assemblies relate/conform/work with the Common Core Standards?
A. The Feats of Memory Show is wonderful for students whether or not Common Core is being used. Being able to focus and recall are part of the foundation for learning. Higher-level classroom discussions can't be held until the students are able to grasp facts and concepts, as well as listen attentively and relate what they've heard with what they have previously learned. The Feats of Memory Show is a way to help students learn: the basics of how the mind remembers, why we forget, how to focus better in class, how to handle test-taking stress and forgetfulness and various techniques to help their natural memories. This helps no matter what subject is being taught or what standards are used.
The overall theme of The FUNance For Kids Show is the importance of math skills in everyday life, which works well whether the Common Core is being used or not. It also covers some specific math in both the younger and older versions, as well as careers (older version), budgeting (both), what saving money is plus how and why to do it (both) and more that are essential in life, whether it's a part of a school/district/state's curriculum or not.
Your students will laugh and have a blast while learning essential lessons during these unique assemblies!
To have your questions answered or check availability please contact Brad:
For preview videos, and more details about each of the assembly shows, please scroll down Or use the navigation menu at the top of the page.
The Feats of Memory SHow
Improve grades, reduce test-taking stress, and help students learn more with one inspiring assembly.
Versions for grades 3-12.
The Feats of Memory assembly helps students understand:
- How their minds form memories
- The essential steps to remembering (help them figure out where they may be struggling)
- The three keys to unlocking their amazing memory ability
- The importance of homework and review
- How to make any school subject easier (and more fun!)
- How to improve recall and reduce test-taking stress
- Making better focus easier and more fun
Versions to help (and entertain) grades 3 to 12.
BONUS: Free copies of Brad's book, Unlock Your Amazing Memory provided to the school (maximum 10 per school, a $120 value).
(Scroll to the bottom of the page to see a video of Brad helping Dylan Dreyer learn to remember better on The Today Show.)
The FUnance For Kids Show
Students discover the importance of math (even if they hate fractions) by learning the essentials of personal finance.
Versions for grades K-6.
In the FUNance Show, students learn about:
• Needs and wants
• What saving money is, why it's important, & how to do it!
• Where money comes from - and goes!
• Getting anything they want by using a spending plan
• What debt is, plus why & how to avoid it
All concepts are presented visually using the performing arts.
Grade-appropriate versions for:
K-2 & 3-5
or K-3 and 4-6
(or customize for your group).
BONUS: A free copy of "6 Ways to Help Your Child Learn about Money" available for each student's family.
As a former Financial Planner and Accredited Asset Manager Specialist (College of Financial Planning), Brad is uniquely qualified to teach students about the importance of math and personal finance. He uses his 30 years of full-time worldwide performing experience to entertain grades K-6 while helping them grasp abstract finance concepts like budgeting, saving, needs and wants and more.
WATCH THE SHORT VIDEO OF THE FUNANCE SHOW TO SEE HOW FUN IT CAN BE TO LEARN ABOUT MATH AND PERSONAL FINANCE.
Watch a show preview of The Feats of Memory Show.
Frustrated by "I forgot"? In 45 minutes your students will triple their memory abilities... and have fun doing it.
(Scroll down to the bottom of this page to watch Brad's interview about memory on The Today Show)
Spinning plates teach the balance of needs and wants.
Students leave the assembly grasping concepts that many adults don't, with an ability to not only understand math and money, but know how they can get more of what they want, how and why to save money, and the importance of math skills in everyday life. They not only understand financial concepts, but as several reviewers have explained, they go home and explain what their new knowledge to their parents, who are both amazed and delighted!
Feats of memory inspire students to exercise their minds.
Brad is a record-setting Memory Athlete, Speaker and Author who demonstrates his "feats of memory" in schools and for corporations worldwide. As he approached 40 years old, he noticed a decline in an already temperamental memory, so he threw himself into memory improvement, experimenting on himself to see which techniques worked and which were a waste of time.
Students are both inspired and motivated by the assembly, with an understanding of where they need to improve their ability to remember and the tools to do so. They also regularly exclaim, "Wow - that's so cool!" and are excited to apply the techniques of memory improvement in their lives.