Kid Pan Alley's Paul Reisler and Justin Roth led fourth-grade students at Albert Harris Elementary in songwriting workshops, as part of Piedmont Arts' educational outreach program, Oct. 25 – 28. Song topics ranged from pumpkins jamming in the patch, to a dog being the best kind of friend, to songs that process feelings from the pandemic. Another round of workshops will take place at Axton Elementary in November, with a joint concert to be announced.
Kid Pan Alley’s professional teaching artists guide children to create an original song together as a team – sparking creativity, building community, and fostering respect for diverse perspectives. Students collaborate to choose their song topic, write original lyrics and melody and record the song once it’s complete. Since its founding in 1999, Kid Pan Alley has inspired a creative tidal wave of more than 2,700 original songs written and performed with over 65,000 children from Vermont to Hawai'i. Its five studio albums feature such artists as Amy Grant, Sissy Spacek, Delbert McClinton, Kix Brooks, Cracker, Nashville Chamber Orchestra and many others. The albums have won numerous awards including a Washington Area Music Association WAMMIE, Parents' Choice Gold and Silver honors, a NAPPA Gold Award and a Grammy nomination.