Life at Sea: A Voyage in Song with David Coffin

Revels Education presents Artist-in-Residence David Coffin in Life at Sea: A Voyage in Song.

David’s enthusiasm encourages children to add their own voices and imaginations to the journey! Your students will be astonished to discover how much they have learned – and how fun it is to share in the adventure.


Booking Information

For more information and inquiries about availability, please submit the following form and we will contact you promptly. For questions, contact David Coffin at 978-853-1189 or

Affordable fees are negotiated with each presenter. Significant discounts are available for additional same-day presentations (one or both programs) in the same school. David’s programs do not require any special technical resources.

David is generally available for school bookings September through November and January through May. We will do our best to accommodate your preferred dates.


Life at Sea: A Voyage in Song

“Life at Sea” captivates students right from the outset. With his harpoon, concertina, his larger-than-life singing voice, and of course, Pierre, his trusty limber-jack, David transports you, his crew, back to 18th century Nantucket, to the days of his ancestors who settled there in 1659. From that most famous whaling port, you and your students will travel “around the Horn” to the Pacific whaling grounds through lively anecdotes and participatory traditional songs, all the while experiencing the history of the whaler-men who sought to make their fortune. From the singing of traditional sea chanteys to hoisting the anchor and setting the sails to the dance songs sailors sang in the doldrums, you’ll experience the life of a whaler-man on his three- to five-year epic voyage hunting the magnificent whales of the ocean for their precious whale-oil.

While pupils are thoroughly entertained by David’s engaging performance, teachers will appreciate his deftly woven core-curriculum, including vocabulary, geography, Colonial history, language arts, music, and complementary activities, and web resources

“Life at Sea” is customized for each audience, based on age-appropriateness of the materials. David may or may not bring his harpoon and will often include background on Herman Melville’s novel, Moby Dick, especially as it relates to the true story of the ill-fated Nantucket whale ship, Essex.

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