Artists in Schools Directory


Robbi K

Artist's Narrative

Robbi K Her powerful lyric soprano has graced TV commercials for the likes of Coca Cola, Lincoln Mercury, and GE, while also establishing an active career as a back-up singer for such superstars as Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Jewel, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Daniel Rodriquez, Mary J. Blige, and Harry Belafonte. With these stars, Robbi K has appeared on "Oprah," "60 Minutes," "Rosie," "Live with Regis & Kathy Lee," "The View," "VH1 Storytellers," "The Today Show," and "The Late Show with David Letterman."

Combing her training as a Lincoln Center Institute for Aesthetic Education Teaching Artist and more than 25 years as a performer for young audiences, Robbi K has created a new kind of artistic presentation, which successfully combines music, theater, and culture with a worldview that is informative and inclusive of all people.  For years, she has been a major force in bringing a sense of the world community to children's musical theater.  Robbi sings and speaks English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian, and can integrate these languages into her work.  Her award winning CDs for children attest to the fact that all children relate to great music and storytelling, and that cultural differences are opportunities for sharing and celebration.

Robbi K. has released three children's CDs: Set It Free and Keep the Beat (honored with a Parent's Choice Award), and most recently, Music Makes Me Happy, a 2007 Parents' Choice Silver Award winner, a Children's Music Web Award winner, and an iParenting Outstanding product award.

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Programs Available

Turtle's Shell (Grade levels K-6)
As a Parents' Choice Award winning storyteller, Robbi K's spirit is clearly contagious, and the entire audience is soon singing and clapping along with Turtle's Shell. Movement, singing and chanting set the scene for Robbi to unfold this amusing traditional tale of a little turtle who outwits the fierce leopard and is rewarded with a shell. Robbi moves about constantly, appealing to the audience as she acts out the many characters.

Curriculum connections include multi-cultural studies, literature, character education, and drama. Turtle's Shell art forms include music, drama, and storytelling. State standards addressed in the work are ELA and SS. The book How the Turtle Got Its Shell is recommended for follow up in the classroom. A complimentary copy of the book and CD is included with booking for your school's library, additional books can be pre-ordered.

Activity Options:
Turtle's Shell
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Fees: $575/ $975 for two back-to-back. Additional discounts when block booked.
  • Requirements: one microphone with 40 feet of cable, three music stands, a clean and mopped performance space, center aisle in audience, one bottle of water