Looking for something fun to learn online?
Are your kids bouncing off the bottom, glued to the tube, and all dressed down with nowhere to go? They could be doing something incredibly creative and fun they can do together. With schools closed across the country, Kid Pan Alley has launched a free online version of its group songwriting workshops for children whose schools are closed for children in grades 3-6. We are also offering free interactive concerts for the younger children. Scroll down for an FAQ.
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Other Online Events
- KPA House Concert Tour Series with hosts Paul Reisler & Cheryl Toth
Get a virtual seat in our living room by registering for the date you want. Click here to learn more about these concerts and register to join the audience! If sessions are full you can watch from our facebook live feed at facebook.com/kidpanalley/live.
Kid Pan Alley’s mission is to inspire and empower children to work together to become creators of their own music and to rekindle creativity as a core value in education through the group songwriting process. Through interactive programs and school-based residencies, Kid Pan Alley brings children of all ages together to express themselves through the art of songwriting. To date, we've written over 2,700 songs with over 65,000 children across the country from Virginia to Hawai’i. Some of the songs have been recorded by well-known artists including Amy Grant, Sissy Spacek, Delbert McClinton, Cracker, Kix Brooks, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Corey Harris, Suzy Bogguss and many others.
Kids are going to be out of school until the fall. But they still need a place to play. They need to create, to use their imaginations and work together. Kid Pan Alley’s online workshops will allow children to connect with each other and build community during these uncertain times, while providing a chance for them to express their emotions and share their stories.
And they will engage in active learning. Songwriting invites kids to practice their literacy skills. They are reading. They are collaborating in a writing process. They are using their skills in rhyming and other poetic devices. They are exercising those skills they have learned during the school year. It's good practice, a good reminder of how story is put together--beginning middle and end.
For the songwriting workshops (Grades 3-6), we’ll be writing a complete song and recording it during two 1-hour sessions on consecutive days. Students should plan to attend both sessions.
- On the 1st day we’ll come up with ideas for what we want to write about, brainstorm on the topic that is chosen, write a section of lyric, create a melody, and choose a musical style. The songwriting leader creates the accompaniment and the kids sing along.
- On the 2nd day we write a chorus and/or additional verses, and record the completed song.
For the interactive concerts (Grades K-2), we will share stories, play music games, learn what songwriters do, and sing along to some Kid Pan Alley tunes.
If you would like to organize special private sessions for a group of friends, a class from school, or for different ages, we can provide those for a modest fee. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to connect with their friends and classmates. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The experience is best on a computer, but if that is not available to you it is possible to participate on a phone or tablet. They should have a pencil and paper to write down ideas as they come to mind. When we record the song at the end, it’s helpful for the kids to have another device handy (phone) so they can record a video of themselves singing along. They can email their recording to us and we’ll mix them into the final recording.
Fabulous—"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.” Maestro Lorin Maazel, Former Music Director, NY Philharmonic
Amazing Program—"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
Life-changing Experience—"Kid Pan Alley is the quintessential program for helping kids to experience their creative power, their voice, and their own self-expression. This is the kind of experience that changes lives.” Kathy Mattea, Grammy award winner
Meaningful: “Thank you for teaching us the real meaning of music.” Anthony, Cary Elementary 3rd grader
Powerful: “I love the power that emerges when children are encouraged to talk about what is on their minds, think it through and connect with others, discussing even very difficult issues. The energy and sense of accomplishment that beams from the faces of kids who are taught to think, create, grow and connect is powerful, sending them on a new trajectory for success in all areas of their lives. “
Marianne Clyde, Family Therapist
We’re glad you asked. We are providing these workshops for free because we want them to be available for all the children. In order to do this, we rely on the support of friends who feel that this work is important for the kids. So, if you can, please consider making a donation so we can continue to inspire the children.