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Below is a listing of the CONCERTS, WORKSHOPS, RESIDENCIES and KEYNOTES that Rachel has to offer. She is on the Tennessee Arts Commission's Artist Roster which offers matching grants and ticket subsidy programs. She is also on the Raleigh United Arts Council and Durham Arts Council Rosters in North Carolina.


"Rachel Sumner is a one woman fireworks display. . . . She is extremely gifted at conquering the short attention span of children (and some adults) by placing a lot of emphasis on audience participation. . . . Rachel has mastered the art of bringing out the innocence and exuberance from every member of her audience and she proves that childhood does not always have to be reserved only for the children." Sharon Satterfield, Westview, Nashville, TN  Read letters of recommendation.

1. I’ve Got Imagination Prek-4
A show all about using your creativity and imagination.

2. All Around The World K-6 Study guide provided.
A participatory multi-lingual concert designed to excite students about languages and other cultures. Learn songs in Spanish, Kurdish, Chinese and more including many songs in sign language.

3. Name That Instrument Family Prek-6 Study guide provided.
A concert with an emphasis on learning about the three instrument families.

4. Rachel’s Fun Time Prek-4
Act like monsters, dance, giggle, and have more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

5. Summer Reading Concerts for Libraries Prek-4
Rachel will incorporate the summer reading program's theme into a unforgetable show for your library.
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Summer Reading Concert Video (2:24)
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6. Animals Galore Prek-4
Songs & stories about creatures that share our planet. (Can be coordinated with a naturalist’s program.)

7. Self-esteem Machine Prek-4
Rachel inspires children to take pride in who they are and the special qualities that made them unique.

8. Spring Holiday Concert Prek-4
Songs all about the Easter bunny, ducks and chickens.

9. Halloween Concert Prek-4
A mix of Rachel’s usual silliness and a couple of slightly scary but mainly fun stories.

10. December Holiday Concert Prek-4
Sing and jingle along with some of your favorite seasonal songs.


"I came away humming. . . . I can't stop singing that song ‘Friends’. . . . I taught it to my students first thing back at work. Thank you!" Ingrid Noyes, Educator in Tomales, CA

RESIDENCIES Length: 45 minutes (Maximum: 30 students) / WORKSHOPS Length: one-three hours. Prices for residencies and workshops vary according number of visits, time and travel involved. Call for a quote!

1. I’ve Got Imagination For Educators Prek-4
Songs and activities to enhance learning and encourage the creative spirit.

2. Sign Language and Foreign Language Through Music For Educators and/or Students Prek-6
Participants will learn a West African chant, songs in Spanish, French, Chinese, Kurdish and sign.

3. Homemade Instruments / Science of Sound for all ages
Three instrument families: straw panpipe, drums, shakers, washtub bass, tin can guitars or learn to play a turkey baster.

Homemade Instruments and the Science of Sound
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4. Fun Times In The Classroom For Educators Prek-4
A grab bag of songs and activities: fire safety, self-esteem, sign language, hygiene and much more.

5. Music: A Fun Tool For Learning For Educators Prek-4
A three hour workshop with songs and musical activities to enhance reading, math and science!

6. A Recipe for Songwriting For Students K-6
Participants will learn about the basics of songwriting, write their own song and record the finished work.

7. Early Learning Though Music, Drama and Movement Residency for prek & k (30-45 minute sessions)
Based on the Wolf Trap model, Rachel will design a residency for your curriculum. Ask for details.

8. Music and the Mind Connection For Educators Prek-3
How to add more music to the classroom and why it is so important.

Listen to a song written by a Montessori educator in this workshop (2:06).

9. Join The Parade For Educators, Students, Event Planners Especially for prek-4
Remember the excitement of a parade? Learn how to make fun props, instruments, & even floats.

10. Emergent Skills Through The Arts For Students, Educators, or Parents Prek-2
Movement, drama and music activities to help with: sequencing, shapes, letter sounds & other preliteracy skills.

11. Music Basics For Educators and/or Students Prek-6
Experiment with pitch, rhythm, and dynamics and discover how easy it is to make music.

12. Sing, Wiggle and Learn For Educators Prek-3
A workshop which combines music and movement activities for learning.

13. Science That Sings, Math That Moves! for Educators Prek-4
A workshop that combines fun musical instruments to make, music and movement to enhance math and science skills.


"Rachel was amazing as she wove great, practical information for teachers with fun and song and movement. The attendees of the conference gave her rave reviews. One said Rachel could have spoken all day and she would have been happy." Sandy Eggers, Conference Chair

Rachel presents lively keynotes full of creative ideas, music and fun for conferences. She inspires attendees with her creativity as she instructs them on how to use music, movement, drama and incredibly fun props to help children learn. She will show them how to use a turkey baster like a musical instrument, create a fashion show with scarves, turn a paper bag into a terrific hat, make a chicken tail from a feather duster and dance the Flamingo. Rachel's presentations are perfect for creating excitement or kicking off a conference.


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