Allison DeSalvo is the owner and director of World of Song and an artist educator, award-winning singer, songwriter, children’s entertainer and kids yoga instructor with a background as a professional actor. She is the creator of the Music, Art & Me and YogAmi Kids Yoga Programs.
World of Song is a creative arts multi-media educational program for young children interweaving music, art, stories & kids yoga through Allisons' signature programs to nurture deep connections from an early age that inspire learning and living with love. (More information below.) ALLISON'S WORLD OF SONG BRINGS JOY! Music and Art stimulate and touch our hearts in deep and unseen ways no matter our culture or language. Inspired by my love of music, dance, theatre and art, and my love of children, I founded World of Song Productions (WOS) in 1992, and created my teaching program, "Music, Art & Me" to bring highly creative and interactive musical and artistic experiences to young children through live performances and classes, music, and now videos. Recognizing the vital role that music, art, creative movement, imagination and storytelling play in children’s early development, WOS emphasizes the interplay of multiple art forms in all programs and products to give each child every opportunity to connect with their natural impulses while supporting all learning styles.
Like many little girls Allison DeSalvo's passion began as an aspiring ballerina at the age of three. She received her early training growing up in San Francisco studying at the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco Ballet and took private classical voice lessons. She went on to complete her formal training at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, earning her a BFA in Drama.
Allison won critical acclaim throughout her professional year career performing and touring in ground breaking music-theater productions, operas and recitals on off and off-off Broadway, regionally and in Europe, notably on the West End in London and at La Scala in Milan.
Around 1992, she fell into and in love with teaching children and founded World of Song Productions (WOS). WOS united her passion for performing with her calling to bring concerts and classes that would encourage creativity, growth and expression in young children through music, movement, art and storytelling - with a special intention to reach out to underserved communities and give back. Since then, Allison has shared her talents and 30+ years of experience in an around the New York/Tri-State area at numerous venues from family music festivals like: Madison Square Park Kids Summer Concerts, museums such as The Children's Museum of the Arts, Water Front Museum, nature centers like Audubon, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and Tyler Arboretum, libraries throughout NYC, Brooklyn & PA, schools, to private homes and mom and pop shops. Kids leaping up to sing and dance to her songs that spans folk, fun Americana and rootsy World Music, responding to her sense of humor and dramatic flair. Former Discovery Programs director Toni Wisti states, "her contagious enthusiasm...and creative spirit...is inspiring...making wonderful things happen with a large group of people".
Happiness Is All Around You, Allison’s debut CD, was the catalyst to begin writing songs. It received a Children’s Music Web Award in 2002 and the title song won “Honorable Mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition”. It aired on WXPN Kids Radio "we'll be playing this...it's great stuff" and was enthusiastically reviewed parents and educators from New York to California as “a work of art and love”.
The events of 911 personally impacted Allison. Her fiancé worked at the World Trade Towers and thankfully he was not there that day. However as the end of the year arrived her traditional holiday concert turned into a fundraiser to support families affected by the tragedy and transforming this now 15 year annual event. "Thanks & Giving" continues to bring families together, inspiring kids to help other kids in need and spotlight overlooked smaller non-profits. This effort has brought her work to underserved populations and throughout her local region engaging with outreach educational programs.
Life has a way of changing plans. When personal family responsibilities precipitated major life changes, Allison and her new husband moved from NY in 2004 to PA where she began introducing her music, concerts and classes. She quickly became immersed in her new community as the children’s programmer at the Swarthmore Public Library realizing one of her long held dreams a few years later of opening an arts center. Initiating the vision, she co-founded The Creative Living Room in 2008 teaching and leading programming and events until 2013.
All the while Allison’s catalogue of original songs has grown bigger but the time to pursue another recording elusive as caring for aging parents and attending to matters once they passed took precedent. These profound and deeply moving experiences have enriched her understanding of life and color her songs with meaning that touch childrens hearts in subtle ways. She is very excited to announce her new release It’s A Beautiful World in summer of 2021 continuing her legacy of nurture children’s appreciation of the arts, nature and the world around us in a loving spirit of learning and joy.
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