National Standards for Arts Education
Virginia Music Standards of Learning
Virginia English Standards of Learning
Guide to Basic Music Theory
Creative Thinking Games/Exercises:
The Politics of Character Education – Howard, Berkiwitz et al: EDUCATIONAL
POLICY, Vol. 18 No. 1, January and March 2004 188-215
Campbell, P. S. & Scott-Kassner, C. (1995). Music in childhood. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Group.
Comprehensive text on teaching music to children; includes
music for exceptional children and integrated curriculum.
Page, N. (1995). Music as a way of knowing. York, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.
Great resource on using music in the classroom, writing raps, and teaching songs.
Includes excellent bibliography.
Pattison, P. (1995). Writing better lyrics. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest Books.
A comprehensive look at lyric writing with lots of thoughts on rhyme.
Perricone, J. (2000). Melody in songwriting: Tools and techniques for writing hit songs.
Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Publishing. Good resource for learning to write melodies.
Ricigliano, D. (1978). Melody and harmony in contemporary songwriting. New York:
Donato Publishing Co. Good resource for writing music including music theory for songwriters.
Rico, G. L. (1983). Writing the natural way. Los Angeles: J.P. Tarcher, Inc. An in-depth look
at clustering to formulate ideas and connections.
Zollo, P. (1993). Beginning songwriter’s answer book. Cincinnati: Writer’s Digest Books.
Answers many questions about songwriting in general.
Kid Pan Alley on new Julie Andrews Netflix Series
Julie Andrews has a new Netflix series, Julie’s Greenroom, and Kid Pan Alley is on Episode 6. It’s a series about the creative arts and children produced by the Jim Henson Company, the creators of Sesame Street. Our episode features Sara Bareilles. We were filmed at a summer camp we did last summer in Amherst, VA called Summer Stage. All the episodes will be released on March 17th.
Bouncin’–the new Kid Pan Alley Musical
We have a new musical featuring mostly Kid Pan Alley songs. Paul Reisler, our founder and Artistic Director, wrote the additional songs and the script. It’s a moving story of friendship that dissolves and comes back together in crisis. George Mason University presented a staged reading in December and we’re currently working on booking it for full performances. Here are some excerpts from the December performance.
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“There is nothing more helpful to a developing human than to learn how to express feelings in sound. Kid Pan Alley is a fabulous way of bringing young people into the loop of reflective behavior, of constructive action. Power to the organizers of this remarkable initiative.”