Biography

Music

Kemp Harris is a composer, musician, children’s author, actor and teacher. Born in North Carolina, Kemp taught himself piano and was writing songs at age 14.

Storytelling Programs

Kemp has performed as a storyteller and musician at festivals, schools and libraries across the country. Kemp’s program includes developmentally appropriate stories that incorporate music and audience participation. He enjoys keeping the oral tradition of “telling” alive. Stories range from traditional tales, African folk tales and original stories. Each session will run approximately 60 minutes. This performance incorporates a wide range of ages.

Educational Programs

Kemp has taught Kindergarten/1st grade in the Newton Public School system for the past 38 years. He wrote the children’s book/song, “Snow”. He has since retired and looks forward to continuing to work in all aspects of his artistic interests.

List of Past Performances & Events

Storytelling Festivals

  • Three Apples Storytelling Festival…Harvard, MA 1995-1996
  • Doggone Storytelling Festival…Chester CN 1997
  • Newton Symphony Orchestra: Narrator for “Peter and the Wolf” Newton MA
  • Tapestry of Tales Storytelling Festival…Winchester MA
  • Public School Residencies in
    • Arlington, MA
    • Boston, MA
    • Cambridge, MA
    • Framingham, MA
    • Lexington, MA,
    • Natick, MA
    • Newton MA
    • Providence, RI
    • Winchester, MA

Aftercare Programs Long-term residence (7 years to present)

  • Estabrook Elementary Aftercare Program/Lexington, MA
  • Hastings Elementary School
  • Ward Elementary Aftercare Program/Newton MA
  • Burr Elementary Aftercare Program/Newton MA
  • Bennett-Hemenway Aftercare Program/Natick MA

Workshops/Conferences..Storytelling, Music, and the Oral Tradition

  • Newton Public Schools: Kindergarten Teachers
  • Universalist Unitarian Church – Reading, MA
  • Boston Association for the Education of Young People (BAEYC)
  • The Children’s Museum: Teacher Seminar – Boston, MA
  • Lesley College Literacy Institute – Cambridge, MA
  • Images Of A Culture – Palo Alto, CA
  • Network of Extended Day Directors (NEEDs) – Wayland, MA
  • Young At Arts/Wang Center for the Performing Arts – Boston, MA
  • Facilitator for a songwriting/composition residency for high school students from the Boston Public Schools.

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