Music Education Symposium: Paul Reisler

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Monday / April 9, 2012 / 9:00 a.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
United States

The theme of the 2012 Music Education Symposium is contemporary creativity for early childhood music educators. At 9:00 a.m., Paul Reisler (KidPan Alley) will speak to students and participants about his approach to the compositional process with children. At 9:30 a.m., Reisler will work with a group of fourth-grade students on a composition project.

"If I Were Free" is a manifesto for living the musical, creative life. It's a 30-year journey for Paul Reisler as he explores the musical life—a life where you respond to what's going on around you in music. Through his own music as performer, writer, and recording artist and through his songwriting teaching for adults and children, he inspires others to explore that creative landscape.

He's created a direct and emotional music that cuts across borders—combining folk roots, world music eclecticism, classical precision, and new age mysticism with the vitality of contemporary music. As the Washington Post says, his music "climbs up the Blue Ridge and down to the bayou and back up to the Himalayas. Goose bumps are a risk."

He's got a voracious musical appetite. Known for his many years as founder and leader of Trapezoid for over 25 years, he's recently embarked on several new musical adventures: his new band, Paul Reisler and a Thousand Questions, featuring Howard Levy and Angela Kaset, and their new album At Night the Roses Tango; his Kid Pan Alley children's songwriting project; and his duo with Amy Speace. He also continues perform with the interdisciplinary Ki Theatre and compose for film, theater, and orchestra.

He's passionate about inspiring other people to live the musical life. He's one of the most popular songwriting teachers in the country and he's also the founder and artistic director of Kid Pan Alley.

Kid Pan Alley inspires children to be creators, not consumers. It all started with Reisler's brilliant yet obvious discovery: kids make the greatest cowriters, especially when you are writing songs for kids. He's now written more than 500 songs with more than 10,000 children throughout the country and has recorded several CDs of the songs, including a new one in partnership with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.

Imagine some of this country's finest songwriters working in a classroom overflowing with the raw creative imagination of children. Then record the songs with some of Nashville's best-known artists, including Amy Grant, Kix Brooks, Delbert McClinton, Suzy Bogguss, Raul Malo, Jonell Mosser, Tommy Sims, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, and you've got Kid Pan Alley Nashville—one of the most amazing children's album ever made.

For more information about Paul and KidPan Alley, see their website.

If you would like to attend all or any portion of the days events, RSVP to Bobbi Harman at or 617 747-2425.