The Talking Cello

Artist: Nancy Hair
Type: Performance
Art Form: Music
Grade Level: PreK-3
Scheduling Request

This unique classical music program for kids, (originally developed by teaching artist Sandy Kiefer) introduces one classroom at a time to the cello as storyteller, as a tale is told first with musical accompaniment and then with the cello as the sole narrator. Students also create their own story as a group which is then performed by Nancy and her cello to their delight. During this interactive program, students use finger math, writing, and drawing skills.

Note: Also available live online via your remote learning platform.

Length: 30-45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 30-75
Curriculum Connection: Music, Classical Music, Storytelling with Sound and Emotion

Video: Remote Learning Showcase (Nancy begins at 24:21)

Grades PreK or K–1 (30 Min, Audience Limit: 30):

Remote Single (Live): $200
Single Show: $250
Back-To-Back: $425
Three-In-A-Row: $600
Four-In-A-Row: $775

Grades 2-3 (45 Min, Audience Limit: 75):

Remote Single (Live): $325
Single Show: $395
Back-To-Back: $680
Three-In-A-Row $945
Four-In-A-Row: $1,220

Travel Fee: based upon National Standard Mileage Rate (Business)

Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

Remote (live online)
School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artist a co-host. Screen share must be enabled, however please turn off ‘annotation’ feature. Artist may need to sign on 20-30 minutes prior to the meeting to check sound levels. A representative from the school must be on the call to spotlight artist video, facilitate Q+A and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.




1 reserved parking space


Performance Space:

Performance can take place in a classroom or library.

Students should be sitting on the floor or at their cleared desks in chairs.

Students should be at least six feet away from Nancy and the cello.
Arrival time before first performance: 30 minutes
Strike time: 5 minutes
Time needed between performances: 10 minutes
Teachers are expected to model appropriate audience behavior for students.


Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.

Double mileage below to account for initial and return trip