Mountain Music, Stories and Dance featuring Jeff Robbins

Schools and Libraries




Schools and Libraries


Jeff has brought more than 7,000 performances to public and private elementary schools, Montessori schools, preschools, and libraries throughout the United States. 

As a student in high school, Jeff made his first banjo and went on to make a career and developed a program of Appalachian music and instrument making. 

The Program


"Mountain Music, Stories and Dance" is an upbeat, participatory, educational and tried & true performance of Appalachian mountain music.  Most of the instruments Jeff plays were handmade by he and his father...mandolin, fiddles, dulcimer, several banjos and a unique instrument called a, "One String Pork-n-Bean" guitar.  This show transcends any other short courses in traditional American music.  And for many schools, Jeff's assembly program may meet some of your core requirements.  A study guide is available (see bottom of page) for teachers to use in preparation for the music program as well as 2 cognitive skills test​​s following Jeff's visit.

​The performance is 40 minutes and Jeff will hold the audience's attention from the beginning of the show to the very last note.   Additionally, Jeff offers an instrument making workshop  where the students or library patrons get to make their very own,  playable, "One String Pork-n-Bean" guitar. 


 Hillsborough Arts Council, Tampa, FL    
 "Artists in Schools" - Hillsborough County                                     
Bethany  School, Lake Junaluska, NC
Montessori House, Tampa, FL
First United Methodist School, Kissimmee, FL
Montessori School of Celebration, Celebration, FL
Kids-r-Kids, Orlando, FL
St. Richard School, Winter Park, FL
Sun Grove Montessori, Ft. Pierce, FL
Chance School, Louisville, KY
Overdale Elementary, Louisville, KY
St. James Middle School, Elizabethtown, KY
Brooks Elementary, Shepherdsville, KY
Nichols Elementary, West Point, KY
Shearer Elementary, Winchester, KY
Fanny Bush Elementary, Winchester, KY
Portland Montessori, Portland, TN
Tadmore Elementary, Gainesville, GA
Wood’s Child Development, Dacula, GA
Brilliant Elementary, Brilliant, AL
Iola Roberts Elementary School, Pale City, AL
Sistersville Elementary, Sistersville, W. VA
Southmoreland Elementary, Scottsdale, PA
Ravenscroft Elementary, Raleigh, NC
Westminster Presbyterian Pre-School, Asheville, NC
Calhoun Academy, St. Mattews, SC
Edisto Primary, Cordova, SC

​Seaborn Day School, Tampa, FL



Western Watauga Branch Library, Sugar Grove, NC
Marion Library, Marion, NC
Haynes Branch Library, Henrietta, NC
Mountains Branch Library, Lake Lure, NC
Elkin Public Library, Elkin, NC
Weaverville Public Library, Weaverville, NC
Swannanoa Public Library, Swannanoa, NC
Black Mountain Public Library, Black Mountain, NC
Hendersonville Public Library, Hendersonville, NC
Green River Library, Green River, NC
Mills River Library, Mills River, NC
Enka-Candler Public Library, Enka, NC
Rutherford County Libraries, Rutherfordton, NC
Mebane Public Library, Mebane, NC
Hot Springs Public Library, Hot Springs, NC
Marshall Public Library, Marshall, NC
Ocee Library, John’s Creek, GA
Gaston County Libraries, Gaston, NC
Kenly Public Library, Kenly, NC
Selma Public Library, Selma, NC
Hancock County Public Library, Sneedville, TN
Bean Station Public Library, Bean Station, TN
Mt. Carmel Public Library, Mt. Carmel, TN
Church Hill Public Library, Church Hill, TN
Parrott-Wood Public Library, Strawberry Plains, TN
Allendale County Library, Allendale, SC
Pratt Memorial Library, Ridgeland, SC
Charllotte-Mecklenburg Public Library, Charlotte, NC



"Jeff, we're looking forward to another year of great programming starting up again in Tampa and Hillsborough County this fall and we're thankful you will again be a part of it.  Thank you for your excellent musicianship, performance skills, and rapport with audiences of all ages!"

Lynn Norton, Director of Education

Arts Council of Hillsborough County

Tampa, FL

"Jeff Robbins is versatile, a master of music, and a lot of fun for students and staff.  We have enjoyed his visits, especially the dancing and participatory nature of his shows."

Barbara Scott

Sun Grove Montessori School

Fort Pierce, FL

"It is my privilege to write this letter of recommendation for Mr. Robbins.  I am a director of a school in Tampa, FL.  It has been an honor of our school to have as a special guest for the past five years, Mr. Jeff Robbins and his mountain music.  Our students range in age from 18 months to 12 years old and he totally captivates every age group with ease...from students to teachers alike, the show is well received and loved by all."

Cathy Worth, Director

Seaborn Day School

Tampa, FL

Study Guide

 Teachers;  Please feel free to make use of my study guide in preparation for and following my performance and/or workshops.  Simply click on the link below.