American Sampler - Regional U.S. Folk Music for school assemblies - Arts For Learning Massachusetts


American Sampler

Type: Performance
Art Form: Music
Grade Level: K-12
Scheduling Request

Travel with Jeff Davis into the history of rural America with a survey of regional American folk music. With humor, warmth, and scholarship, Jeff invites your students to relive our nation’s heritage through songs of Revolutionary War heroes, Appalachian clogging songs, sailors’ work songs, African-American banjo tunes, Irish fiddle tunes, cowboy ditties, and more! Jeff accompanies himself on an array of instruments, ranging from the humble nose flute to a one-of-a-kind fretless banjo. Students join in on the fun with traditional found instruments, such as bones and spoons.

Length: 45-60 Minutes
Audience Limit: 175
Curriculum Connection: Music, US Folk Music, US History, US Geography

Single Show: $475
Back-To-Back: $805
Three-In-A-Row: $1,140
Four-In-A-Row: $1,470

Travel Fee: $50 per day
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Processing fee of $30 added to all contracts


1 reserved parking space

2 folding chairs without arms

6 music stands or easels for display of large format photos

2 standard school tables 5-6 feet in length

Performance Space: Students seated on floor, if possible

IMPORTANT NOTE: A full sound system is required if the acoustics in the performance space are poor, or if the performance is to be on a stage or in an auditorium with fixed seating! If sound system is not available, please contact YA office ASAP.
Arrival time before first performance: 45 minutes
Strike time: 20 minutes
Time needed between performances: 15 minutes
Grades should be consecutive.
Teacher participation is expected.

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

Visiting artist, availability for the 2019-2020 school year: Early November 2019; Mid-May to Mid-June 2020.