Middle School Program

The young people in our program enjoyed you and your presentation immensely.
I must admit some skepticism in anyone’s ability to entertain this age group (middle schoolers) with simple acoustic instruments and singing, but you were terrific! Your audience was involved and entertained for the full hour. Amazing!
— Peggyann Diaz, The Mustard Seed, Norwalk, CT

Susana and Timmy Abell have presented middle-school programs throughout their touring career.   Their concert is richly varied  ~  blending original and traditional songs, an 8-minute European style puppet fable accompanied by hammered dulcimer, other rare musical instruments including bowed psaltery, English concertina, and Appalachian limberjack, and captivating age-appropriate storytelling.

In illustrating that there are "So Many Ways To Share A Story", the program combines music, storytelling and puppetry in a very compelling and unique experience, all tied to the cultural component across the Common Core and Essential Standards for middle school. Themes can be adjusted for various topics including a focus on North Carolina history and folk traditions, international musical influences on American music, or the art and practice of storytelling.

Susana and Timmy's concerts are highly engaging and uplifting, involving the students in almost every piece ~ and although the middle school age group may not initially think that puppetry, folk music and storytelling are captivating, they are invariably drawn in to a deep appreciation of their natural connection to it...

Experience has shown that students will leave this performance with interesting connections to their prior knowledge, a deep sense of inquiry and a most likely, a feeling of inspiration.

"Folk Music in the Classroom"
Teacher Curriculum Guide

Where Have They Been?

Sidwell Friends Middle School       Washington     DC
Community House Middle School       Charlotte    NC
Elizabeth City Middle School       Elizabeth City    NC
Leesville Road Middle School        Raleigh    NC
Salem Middle School        Apex    NC
Mills Park Middle School        Cary    NC
Hilton Head Middle School        Hilton Head    SC
Warren County Middle School        Warrenton    NC
Lott Middle School        Citronelle    AL
Fuquay-Varina Middle School        Fuquay-Varina    NC
West Millbrook Middle School        Raleigh    NC
East Wake Middle School        Raleigh    NC
Collegiate School        Richmond    VA
Hope Mills Middle School        Hope Mills    NC
Meyzeek Middle School        Louisville    KY
Charity Middle School       Rose Hill    NC
EE Smith Middle School       Kenansville    NC
Elberta Middle School        Elberta    AL
Kirby-Smith Middle School       Jacksonville    FL
Carroll Middle School        Raleigh    NC
St. Timothy's Episcopal School (Middle)        Raleigh    NC
Phillips Middle School        Chapel Hill    NC
Harrodsburg Middle School        Harrodsburg    KY
Clarke Middle School        Lexington    MA
Dighton Middle School        Dighton    MA
Warsaw Middle School       Warsaw    NC
Chinquapin Middle School       Chinquapin    NC
Linkhorne Middle School        Lynchburg    VA
Scarborough Middle School        Mobile    AL
Carver Middle School        Laurinburg    NC
Beulaville Middle School       Belleville   NC
BF Grady Middle School       Albertson    NC
Norton Middle School        Norton    MA
Ipswich Middle School        Ipswich    MA
Johnson Middle School        Walpole    MA
Diamond Middle School        Lexington    MA
John Graham Middle School        Warrenton    NC
Norlina Middle School        Norlina    NC
Lynnfield Middle School        Lynnfield    MA
Mac Williams Middle School        Fayetteville    NC
Magellan Charter School       Raleigh    NC
Dixon Middle School       Holly Ridge    NC


I never knew I liked anything besides Rock
— Student, St James School, Prichard, AL
Timothy Abell’s performance was one of the most spellbinding acts many of the student’s have seen. His ability to involve the audiencein all aspects of his performance made this an upbeat and superb
performance that will bring a joyful tune out of anybody’s soul.
— Surry Arts Council, Surry County NC