Welcome to Kid Pan Alley
Imagine if you were a child writing a song in your classroom with a professional songwriter. Then suppose that your song was recorded by a world-class recording artist like Delbert McClinton, Cracker, Sissy Spacek, Amy Grant, Kix Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Corey Harris, or Raul Malo. You’d be changed forever. You’d have learned about teamwork, the value of everyone’s ideas, embracing diversity and collaboration through the group songwriting process. You might start writing songs to express your feelings rather than striking out in anger. You’d feel really listened to and proud of what you had done. And just imagine that this was the most fun you ever had in school. Well, this is what Kid Pan Alley is doing in schools throughout the country—inspiring kids use their imaginations—to be creators of their own music, not just consumers of popular culture. We’ve written over 2,500 songs with more than 35,000 children and we’ve got to say kids make the greatest co-writers. Come on inside and hear some of their creations. And, if you are so inclined, help us bring Kid Pan Alley to your community.
February 27, 2014: Kid Pan Alley was the lead story on the front page in the largest daily newspaper on the Big Island. Kohala Students Make Music With Pros:
There was also a lovely article in the North Hawaii News:
Kid Pan Alley performs with National Symphony--Ch. 4 News
January 2, 2014:
A thousand 'thank yous' to all of our wonderful, dedicated supporters. We met our challenge and we will receive our matching grant of $17,500! Thank you for helping us to keep kids creating!
Kid Pan Alley at Kilmer Center, Vienna, VA
This great story about the writing of Kilmer Center's Alma Mater song was run in the December 5th issue of the Sun Gazette:
June 27, 2013, 2013:
Thank you to the Claudia Mitchell fund of Rappahannock Association for Arts in the Community (RAAC). They've just awarded a grant to Kid Pan Alley to provide our Character Development Assembly program to the students of Rappahannock County Elementary School!
June 17, 2013, 2013:
Voice of America reporter, Mark Snowiss, has just finished his story on Kid Pan Alley's recent songwriter in residence program at Orr Elementary School in Washington, DC. You can see the story here.
June 11, 2013, 2013:
WMRA, the NPR station in Harrisonburg (90.7 fm), interviewed Kid Pan Alley's Artistic Director, Paul Reisler and songwriting assistant Heather Mae last week. Listen in as Tom Graham, host of Virginia Insights, shares the Kid Pan Alley story with listeners.
April 11, 2013:
We would like to thank the Jacquemin Family Foundation for their generosity. They've just announced a $10,000 challenge grant to Kid Pan Alley! We are thrilled to have the opportunity to meet this challenge - so help us meet our match by spreading the word - or better yet - donate!
April 11, 2013:
We are singin' in the rain this April! We're overjoyed to announce that we've finally met our match! Our challenge grant match, that is. A big shout out to all of our supporters who helped us reach this milestone, and of course, to the wonderful folks at the William & Mary Greve Foundation.
February 3-7: Clark Elementary, Charlottesville, VA. Concert Friday, 6:30 pm
February 10-12: Claude Thompson Elementary, Marshall, VA. Concert Wed 6:30 pm
February 24-28: N. Kohala Elementary, Hawi, HI. Concert Friday, Feb 28 at 6:00pm
March 3-7: Waimea ES, Waimea, HI. Concert Friday, March 7. Time to be announced
March 10-11: Hawaii Prep, Waimea, HI
March 24-28: Lucy School, Frederick, MD. Concert Friday TBA
April 5: Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions featuring Howard Levy in Concert. Piedmont Community College, Charlottesville, VA. More Info
April 7-11: Cary Elementary, Richmond, VA. Concert Friday TBA
Our current residency videos. To see videos from past residencies visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/kidpan
Surfing in a Sunset Sea--N. Kohala Elementary, Hawi, HI
We're Not At the Top of the Mountain Just Yet--Clark Elementary , Charlottesville
"I Don't Want to Spend Eternity"--a song written by Kid Pan Alley songwriters Paul Reisler and Heather Mae and the 4th grade at Federal Hill Prep School. Inspired by "The Robots" in the American Visionary Museum in Baltimore.
Ellie's Adventure, A Tribute to Princess Strong • November 22nd, 2013
One very special song at Orange Elementary, though, was inspired by this little beauty, Ellie Blaine. Her big brother's is a student at the school and the whole school adopted Ellie. Ms. Faulconer’s 5th graders wrote a song to commemorate her indomitable spirit as she battled a rare form of cancer. Ellie passed away a couple of weeks later. We will never forget singing her song for her and the joy on her face as the whole school sang for her.
Happy, Crazy, Wow - Kilmer Center, November 26, 2013
Here we are at the Kilmer Center for children severely impacted with autism. It was fascinating to explore writing songs with kids who don't communicate in the usual way. We partnered them with students from other schools in the area and wrote "Happy, Crazy, Wow - Kilmer Center.
Kid Pan Alley Blog • December 21, 2013.
Dear Friends, Like most organizations, we usually spend a bit of time at year-end reflecting on our work over the past year. This generally means compiling and evaluating statistics from last year - how many songs we wrote with how many children, the attendance for our concerts, etc. KPA did a lot this last year, including a 2-week residency in Rappahannock, and projects with the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts where art was the inspiration for the songs. But this year, we found ourselves... Click Here