Comments about previous show "A Midsummer Night's
Rob and Anne interacted with the children at each point of
the program. The performers dressed in period costumes and adjusted
their costumes for songs at times. The performers also showed the
children simple instruments and how to identify them. At the same
time, Rob and Anne connected their large assortment of instruments
with songs for which they taught the children how to sing, do hand
movements, and dance. The song lyrics consistently magnetized the
children to the performance as they interacted on several levels
with our performers.
For each song, Rob and Anne sang and played renaissance instruments:
shawms, crumhorns, recorders, a small lute, viola da gamba, fife,
drum, pipe and tabor. The instruments were of several types: blown,
strummed, bowed and struck. The songs were a lot of fun, too: Rob
and Anne taught us hand movements and words to refrains for each
song to be sung. For variety, some of the songs were instrumental
and not sung: pieces on the shawms, for instance. The shawms are
very loud instruments and are used for outdoor playing and for marking
the time for the townspeople. So they played and sang a song about
rhythm and time. Another example of a renaissance instrument that
they used was the renaissance guitar that Anne strummed for some
of the songs. Rob also played his viola da gamba, which looks like
a small cello, and a hammered dulcimer.-Youth Librarian
Comments about previous show "A Little Knight Music"
Anne and Rob presented an excellent program. Rob is so animated
that the children really laughed a lot. He made sure the dragon
mask was not too scary; a very smart precaution. Both Anne and Rob
are talented musicians; their performances we amazing—many
songs were memorized, and they play such a variety of instruments!
I would definitely recommend this program to groups of any type.
It is educational and fun.
The overall performance was story was outstanding. The performers
did a great job of getting the audience involved in an educational
program. The speech at the end of the show was a great feature because
it allowed the audience to research the topics mentioned in the
show in more detail. The artists have a wonderful presentation style.
Great performance! I hope that our library can have other programs
from your group. You both do a great job of interacting with the
The kids really enjoyed the program. What really impressed
me was the ability of the performers to interact with the children
and still stay in character. For example: children would call out
“prompts” or “suggestions” (as children
would do) and instead of ignoring them, one of the performers would
acknowledge them in some way without breaking their pace. This program
would be excellent in any child-centered situation.
The length and presentation of the program was perfect for
my first grade audience. It was very entertaining for them and very
educational to see storytelling enhanced by very wonderful music.
The students were exposed to many different instruments that they
would not ordinarily see. The presenters did a spectacular job introducing
themselves and establishing prior knowledge before they gave their
program. I also feel they did an excellent job allowing the students
to participate and become part of the program.
-First Grade Teacher
"A Little Knight Music" was an outstanding program.
The story setting with costumes was an excellent way to present
Renaissance music. Anne and Rob captured the children's attention
along with their hearts right at the start of the performance. I
talked with several other teachers and we all agreed that it was
entertaining for both adults and children. This program would be
an excellent foundation for a school wide unit based on the Renaissance
The children and I loved the program. It was culturally enriching
and so well done. It seems you took what kids like most (group involvement,
the "dragon" hiding) and combined these elements to make
up the wonderful program. Thanks for enriching our lives!
-Second Grade Teacher
This was an excellent program! The fact that a class of 5 year-olds
was totally captivated for 45 minutes is testimony itself. We all
thoroughly enjoyed "A Little Knight Music." I would definitely
recommend this to others.
One of the best assemblies we've had! The message, the music,
the audience participation—!!
Comments about previous show "Strike it up, Pipers!"
I feel the program was very beneficial and well designed with
information interspersed with musical performance. The children
seemed very receptive and as I watched our third graders in the
front of the audience, they kept sliding forward to get closer as
the assembly went on. The performers had good rapport with the audience
and maintained good control while allowing for audience participation.
-Third Grade Teacher
The artists' communications skills were excellent. They explained
everything in terms third to sixth graders could understand. The
performance was both entertaining and educational.
-Upper Elementary Teacher
Excellent program—really held the students' attention;
content was excellent for fourth graders because they learn to play
the recorder in fourth; performers were excellent in playing ability
and knowledge about the subject matter; communication skills were
-Upper Elementary Teacher
Rob and Anne Burns are very talented and their program is very
worthwhile. Students were interested and learned some information
about the Middle Ages that isn't found in books. The artists spoke
to sixth graders with humor but without patronizing or talking over
-Sixth Grade Teacher
The program enhanced the children's understanding of the Renaissance.
They enjoyed every minute of it. They were involved and were impressed
with your ability to play so many instruments, and with your knowledge
of the Shakespearean era. It was entertaining, education and inspirational.
The children are still talking about it.
-Social Studies Teacher
We invited about 250 students. They were from our Honors program
(grades nine-twelve) and second-hour English classes as well as
invited individual students from college English classes who had
high interest in music or history. The audience was fascinated!
This is a great help for our Shakespeare and Renaissance units.
All students reported high interest because the duo was "so
entertaining" and because of what they learned.
-High School English Teacher
Once again we were pleased to present A Reasonable Facsimile
to our 6th graders. The artists are talented musically as well as
having a great deal of historical information to pass along. The
show is lively and entertaining while fulfilling curriculum needs.
- Grade 6 Team Leader
This was an outstanding program. The story setting with costumes
was an excellent way to present Renaissance music. Anne and Rob
captured the children’s attention along with their hearts
right at the start of the performance. They are wonderful teachers,
actors and musicians who put on a show that taught and entertained
our staff and students.
-Elementary Art Specialist
This was one of our most successful programs. With the age
group ranging from 3 1/2 years old through 6th grade, you kept all
the children entertained. Audience participation was very good.
I had mothers come in to tell me their children really enjoyed the
program. I would recommend this program for any group.
I thought the content was very appropriate and enlightening
for the groups. The selections were short and did not tax the children,
yet each one was unique and the initial comments gave the children
something special to attend to.
-Elementary Dance Instructor
The contents of both performances were age appropriate, educational
and amusing. Anne and Rob Burns were quite expert in their presentations
and were very informative in explaining all the musical instruments
that they brought. I personally gained a great deal from their presentations
and would highly recommend them to other schools.
-Elementary School Principal
The students could not suppress their pleasure in the music
as they responded by tapping their feet in accompaniment and laughing
in appropriate places. The program fit in perfectly with the Shakespearean
theme. The program was varied, well performed, and designed to hold
students’ interest. By using humor, the performers were able
to explain Elizabethan dress, instruments, etc. in an interesting,
-High School English Teacher
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