Brian and Terri Kinder

Brian and Terri Kinder

Central Region
Little Rock, Arkansas
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When I meet with students we write a song together. I simply begin by having one of them come up with a theme, phrase or lyric that will begin the songwriting process. From there, we find a brave soul who will sing the phrase. With this we receive the melody, tonality, (Major or Minor) and the meter, (in 2 or 3). Students may not, at this point, be able to articulate these musical components, but they can and do use them to communicate musically. As the process continues, students contribute rhyming words and additional phrases. We explore Form using, Verse and Chorus and perhaps even a Bridge. It's great to see the light bulbs going on, and feel the excitement as students contribute their ideas. Not only do they share the experience of the songwriting process, but when the process is finished they can experience the pride of creative accomplishment as they sing their song. The song is then professionally produced in my home studio and sent to the school. From there, I bring the studio to the classroom and record students singing their song, leaving them with a professionally produces recording. The songwriting experience exposes students to the Arkansas Educational Framework in both music and literature, (creative writing). Available to conduct teacher workshops.


I introduce myself to students and educators by saying I am a Song "Maker-upper". I make up songs and I teach the craft of songwriting. I am a retired music educator with a Bachelors of Music Education and Masters of Liberal Arts From UALR. Since 2001 I've been on the Arkansas Arts Council roster of Touring Artist performing rollicking good-time concerts for kids. Along with my wife, Terri, I've released ten CD's of original music for kids, receiving national acclaim. We perform hundreds of concerts each year in Arkansas and surrounding states.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: Kindergarten; Elementary
Geographic Availability: statewide
Time Availability: open
Special Needs: Artists bring equipment - needs room for computer and recording. Need an easel, paper and markers.