Music from the King’s Court with David Coffin

Revels Education presents Artist-in-Residence David Coffin in Music from the King’s Court.

David began playing his first recorder at the age of four. He actually achieved hero status amongst his peers as a recorder player in the third grade. Today, he delights audiences both young and old in demonstrating his collection of Early Wind Instruments. His entertaining presentation covers the history of the recorder from the primitive ocarina, through medieval gemshorns, to the refined recorders of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

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.

Music from the King’s Court

With his complete set of beautifully crafted instruments, David demonstrates period examples of music written for each particular instrument. He illustrates with humor and vitality the evolution of the Early Winds.

As a support for the school curriculum guides, David neatly inserts a “Science of Sound” unit that informs as it entertains. Vibrating air through ordinary household implements, he demonstrates how to alter the wavelengths that create sound and pitch, piquing children’s curiosity and enriching their understanding of sound potential, starting with a basic drinking straw!

David’s interactive program gets even the most reluctant of young musicians to come forward and try one of these rare and often curious instruments. His presentations impress students with an understanding of how these Early Wind Instruments were played, what sort of music was made with them, and, most essentially, the principles by which they still produce their wonderfully distinctive sounds.