Kids spending time inside due to the COVID-19 pandemic have a new reason to use their outdoor voices.

Alastair Moock — the artist behind the album Be a Pain — is bringing his music about enacting change in the world to kids everywhere with virtual concerts, musical lessons, and an essay contest.

Kids can dance along to Moock’s folky tunes via multiple live concerts on Facebook. The next one will be on March 27 at 1:30 p.m. EST for all ages, but parents can stay up to date by checking Moock’s Facebook page. Each live concert is also recorded and made available after the livestream, so kids can head back any time to jam!

Two existing videos on Moock’s Facebook page also teach kids about music and activism. “Playing with Tradition” teaches kids ages 5-10 about traditional folk singers and what they each brought to music. “Music and Social Change” helps kids ages 11-16 learn about the power music has to create change in the world, with examples including folk music and the Great Depression.

For Moock’s essay contest, students in grades K-8 are encouraged to pick one of the historical or modern figures in Moock’s “Be a Pain” video and write a page about how that person changed the world. All kids who want to participate should email their essays to by March 29.

Learning about historic figures gives kids the chance to see what they’re can achieve. It’s just a bonus that they can sing along while they learn.

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Nicole Savas

Nicole Savas

As a kid, Nicole either wanted to be a professional toy player-wither or a writer. Somehow, as social media editor for The Toy Insider, The Toy Book, and The Pop Insider, she’s found a career as both. She's grateful to work somewhere that she can fully embrace both her love of teddy bears and her admiration for the Oxford comma. When she's not playing with toys at work, she's playing with her baby girl at home.