Songwriting and Recording
As host of the Emmy® Award winning children’s TV show, Alex & the Kaleidoscope, Alex Mitnick’s unique approach to music education combines singing, movement, percussion and songwriting into a stimulating and fun musical experience that leaves participants energized and inspired. Each student participating in the program will have hands-on experience in the composition, recording and performance of an original song.
Pennsylvania Curriculum Standards
(A=Assembly; W=Workshop; R=Residency)
1.4 English Language Arts: Writing R
9.1 Production, Performance and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts R
15.4 Learning Through Experience R
25.3 Pro-Social Relationships with Adults R
25.4 Pro-Social Relationships with Peers R
Art Form(s): Music, Dance
Instrument(s): Electric Bass, Guitar, Drums
Assembly, Workshop, and Residency Offerings
Songwriting and Recording with Alex and the Kaleidoscope Residency
As host of the Emmy® Award winning children’s TV show, Alex & the Kaleidoscope, Alex Mitnick’s unique approach to music education combines singing, movement, percussion and song writing into a stimulating and fun musical experience that leaves participants energized and inspired. Each student participating in the Songwriting and Recording Residency will have hands on experience in the composition, recording and performance of an original song.
On site mobile recording equipment is available and all aspects of the production process are explored. From the creative writing of lyrics to the recording technology to the actual performance of the song students will discover skills and interests that will enhance all of their academic endeavors not just music. Building confidence and learning to positively support each other during the creative process is central to this workshop. Participants are given a copy of their song as well as a music video of them performing the song.
Best for: 3-8 • Students with Disabilities • After-School/Community
Featuring: Alex and the Kaleidoscope
Emmy® Award winning children’s entertainer, Alex Mitnick, is the main host and adventure leader of Alex & The Kaleidoscope, an interactive music entertainment brand, that encourages and inspires kids to celebrate and learn through the power of music, fun facts and adventures to interesting places around the world.
Alex has been a professional musician since 1999 when he graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a music performance degree in jazz guitar. After college, while exploring different genres of music from jazz to rock to sacred Hindu chanting, Alex gravitated towards teaching and discovered that he had a natural gift for working with children. Since then, Alex has gone on to release six award-winning albums of original music for children.
In 2014, Alex produced and starred in his own TV show “Alex & The Kaleidoscope.” The series launched with 5 half-hour episodes and is currently available on several online platforms reaching over 20 million viewers digitally via sites including Kidoodle TV, Kidobi, Toongoggles, AmebaTV, MagicFlix and BatteryPOP. In 2015, Alex & The Kaleidoscope won an Emmy® Award for Best Children’s Programming.
Alex honed his skills as a teacher while developing the music program for infants through 8th grade at the Princeton Montessori School in Princeton, NJ. Since 2000, he has inspired kids of all ages through music and musical theater productions. Alex released his first album, “Kaleidoscope Songs Number One,” in 2004 to rave reviews. He began touring with his band, Alex & The Kaleidoscope, in 2006 and went on to release “Kaleidoscope Songs Number 2” (2006), “Kaleidoscope Songs III: Animals We Dream” (2008) and “I’m So Glad!” (2012).
In 2013, Alex became a Dad and welcomed his son Miles into the world with his heartfelt release “Love Songs for My Baby.” According to the Parents’ Choice Foundation, it is “Unapologetically positive and upbeat!”. Alex & The Kaleidoscope have appeared on the CW11 News in New York and Fox news in Philadelphia and continue to tour nationally with featured performances in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles and countless schools, libraries, and performing arts centers in between.
Alex & The Kaleidoscope’s latest album “Get On Board” was released in 2015 and features songs from Alex’s Emmy® Award winning TV show, plus a handful of new tracks that explore and celebrate the world around us. “Now as both a Dad and a children’s artist, I believe more than ever that the best way to create a better world for us all is to lift our children up and to show them how truly amazing and interesting life can be,” says Alex. “I try to put this sense of wonder into every song I write for children.”
Joined Musicopia: 2014