Watch the Video of a song written during the workshop

During times of uncertainty and upheaval, music provides an important tool for sharing, connection, and self-expression. In this online collaborative songwriting workshop taught by Kid Pan Alley’s professional songwriters, teens ages 13-17 will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of songwriting while engaging in meaningful dialogue on the themes of “listening” and “being heard” as well as was “justice” means to them. 

They will share perspectives, learn from each other, and work together to create an original song based on their shared perspectives. 

We look forward to providing this platform for teens to build community through song.  

“Kid Pan Alley is where creativity starts. Without this amazing program, most kids will never know the joy of writing and singing their own song.”                                                         Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell, Sweet Honey in the Rock

Songwriting Leaders:

Robbie Schaefer is a musician, songwriter, and playwright devoted to service through the arts. He is the guitarist and songwriter for the indie folk band Eddie From Ohio and has released several solo albums, including his most recent, 2017′s Sounds Like Home: Songs From the Musical, Light Years. In 2018, Robbie made his theatrical stage debut in Signature Theatre’s LIGHT YEARS, a musical for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics.

Lea Morris was the Grand Prize winner of the Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards in 2017. She was an Artist-in-Residence at The Music Center at Strathmore and is a beloved children’s music performer among DC families. Lea has shared the stage with legends like Odetta and Mavis Staples, as well as modern troubadours like Dar Williams and Anthony Hamilton. She has performed at The Kennedy Center, The Birchmere and Wolf Trap, as well as at venues throughout Europe.