An alumnus of Berklee College of Music, Philip Alexander Bereaud has taught and performed music for children and families for over 20 years. Thousands of children, parents and caregivers have experienced the joy of making music through his unique “Sing, Play, Grow” classes and pre-school music enrichment programs. Clients include the Brookline Early Education Program, the Commonwealth Children’s Center, The Child Development Center, and Bright Horizons. As a Music Director at Artbarn Community Theater in Brookline Massachusetts, Philip composed music for “The Comic Book Kid” and directed a cast of two dozen children in performance. In addition to working directly with children, Philip leads teacher training workshops and has offered these for Early Head Start, MICCO (Massachussets Independent Child Care Organization) and Communities United. All of these “Sing, Play, Grow!” programs are based on three firm beliefs:
As a performer, Philip has played hundreds of shows at schools, libraries and festivals. While solo shows feature guitar, harmonica, xylophone, ukulele and more, his ‘Philip Alexander and the Wild Things’ bring the rock ’n’ roll show to town and kick it up a notch with bass, drums and saxophone. Either way, Philip delights in getting an audience to clap, sing, spin, jump, wiggle, dance and laugh together!
More recently, Philip, wife Joanna and daughter Sophia perform together as musical trio: The Seventy Sevens. In the spring and summer of 2020 they played a series of musical variety shows. These shows, broadcast weekly on Facebook Live, Thursdays at 7pm, were designed to send some musical love in three-part harmony to family, friends and the whole world, and create a feeling of community in the midst of a time of isolation.
In all of his classes and shows, Philip places an empasis not only on quality music, but also on songs that unite people and celebrate our differences. With a passion to learn and share songs that nurture each child’s self worth and and empower their creativity, Philip serves on the Board of Directors of The Children’s Music Network. He was awarded the Karen Yahara Volunteer Service Award for by Birthday Wishes of Boston for providing joyous birthday celebrations to children living in homeless shelters.
When he’s not making music or sharing a meal with family and friends, Philip may be out in the garden growing kale, or down at the beach catching waves. Aloha!