Allison DeSalvo is the owner and director of World of Song and an artist educator, singer, songwriter, kids yoga instructor, children’s entertainer with a background as a professional actor. She is the creator of the Music, Art & Me and YogAmi Kids Yoga Programs.
World of Song (WOS) is a multi-media educational program to nurture children's connection with their hearts through the exploration of the creative arts, nature and the world around them. Presented in a loving spirit of learning and joy, WOS provides music, kids yoga and stories through concerts, classes, cds and videos that benefit the educational, creative and spiritual lives of children, families and communities . (More information below.) ALLISON'S WORLD OF SONG BRINGS JOY! Music and Arts 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, classes, music and 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.
Allison DeSalvo won critical acclaim throughout her early year career performing and touring in ground breaking music-theater productions, operas and recitals on off and off-off Broadway, regionally and in Europe. Around 1992, she fell in love with teaching and founded World of Song Productions (WOS) to unite her passion for the performing arts with her love of children and to bring concerts and classes that would encourage creativity, growth and expression through music, movement, art and stories. Since then, Allison has shared her talents and 30+ years of experience at numerous venues from family music festivals, and museums, libraries and schools, to private homes and mom and pop shops. Audiences respond to her beautiful voice, sense of humor and dramatic flair. Kids leaping up to sing and dance to her songs that spans folk, fun Americana and rootsy World Music.
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 and was enthusiastically reviewed parents and educators from New York to California as “a work of art and love”.
Allison’s husband, who worked at the World Trade Towers when 911 occurred, was thankfully not there that day. Her holiday concert that year became a fundraiser to support families affected by the tragedy and transformed this now 15 year annual event, "Thanks & Giving" into a fundraiser for charities helping children. This effort has brought her work to underserved populations throughout her local region engaging with outreach educational programs.
When personal family responsibilities precipitated major life changes, Allison and her husband moved from NY 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 children’s 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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