Food for Thought



-Do pigs have rhythm? Yes, it’s in their bones.

-Is it true that hungry termites can help to make a musical instrument?

-What is a berimbau, and what does it have to do with food?

-How can a snake become part of a musical instrument?

Dr. Robert Nasta presents an in-school demonstration that answers these questions and more.


Food for Thought is a unique musical presentation founded on community service and charitable giving. Featuring live demonstrations on a variety of instruments from around the world, Food for Thought uses music, geography, and science to explore the possible origins of music and the development of musical instruments as they relate to food—from hunting bow to berimbau, animal bones to percussion instrument, tree limbs to didgeridu….

Unlike many school programs, there are no monetary fees involved, and the process is a simple one: In advance of the presentation, students are asked to bring in two cans of food *Or any non-perishable food

Artists for World Peace will pick-up and deliver the food to a local (or state) food bank, with the donation made in the name of your school and Artists for World Peace. That’s it!

Designed for a classroom-size audience, demonstrations can be scheduled throughout the day to accommodate multiple classes.

For more information, or to register your school for a presentation, please contact Robert at:, or call (860) 301-9757.



What schools are saying about the program:

The Artists for World Peace “Food for Thought” presentation by Robert Nasta was very entertaining and fit perfectly into our science curriculum topic-Sound. The students were engaged and enjoyed the hands-on aspect of the presentation. We look forward to seeing Artists for World Peace next year!

Elisha Carta, Bielefield School

Fantastic presentation! Provided students with a wonderful opportunity to both learn and to give back through food donations.

Jon Romeo, Macdonough School

Dr. Robert Nasta presented a program based on the uses of natural elements in the construction of musical instruments to our sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.  It was an extremely interesting and entertaining session, with new insights into how some instruments were originally made and used.  Dr. Nasta treated the students to a demonstration of the varied sounds of the Australian digeridoo and to other instruments that have evolved from their origins to more modern instrumentation.  Students were amazed at the sounds that emanated from gourds and other instruments, some crafted by Dr. Nasta, that they never imagined to have musical qualities.  The design and pace of the program had all of our students wanting the opportunity to hear more about how instruments were used and in most cases, why they were made.

Eileen Molloy, Assistant Principal, Saint Timothy Middle School


-Thank you West Bristol School, West Bristol, CT.

-Thank you Saint Timothy Middle School, W. Hartford, CT: 134 pounds of food,

  and a $67.00 donation! 

-Thank you Macdonough School, Middletown,CT: 98 pounds of food donation!

-Thank you Bielefield School, Middletown, CT: 119 pounds of food donation!

-Thank you Wesley School, Middletown, CT: 196 pounds of food donation!

-Thank you Moody School, Middletown, CT: 32 pounds of food donation!

-Thank you Haddam Elementary School, Haddam, CT: 158 pounds of food, and a 

  $300.00 donation!




Dr. Robert Nasta is a composer, performer and educator. He studied music at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, The State University of New York, Oneonta, NY, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, and the Hartt School of Music, West Hartford, CT. He has taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels, and has been on the adjunct faculty of the Middlesex Community College since 1999. He is also the musical director for Artists for World Peace. Visit: