The Talking Cello - music program for K-3 - Nancy Hair - Arts For Learning Massachusetts


The Talking Cello

Artist: Nancy Hair
Type: Performance|Remote
Art Form: Music|Early Childhood
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.

Program available in person, or live online.

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

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

Grades PreK–1 (30 Min, Audience Limit: 75):

Single Performance: $300
Additional Performances: $240


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

Single Performance: $400
Additional Performances: $320


Travel: $50 per day
Pricing may vary for weekends/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. 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 and mute students as needed. Please introduce them as an Arts for Learning 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 an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.