Voices Within

Program Overview

The award-winning Voices Within is an artist residency program designed for fifth grade classrooms that teaches students how to tap their creative voices to compose and perform their own original songs. The program curriculum combines elements of music composition, writing, improvisational games and ensemble performances that is delivered over a 12-week residency and includes final culmination performances followed by an evaluative visit. Working in close partnership with teachers and administrators at participating schools, the three Voices Within teaching artists (a composer, a lyricist, and a singer) create a safe environment that encourages collaboration and creative risk taking among the students. The teaching artists collaborate with the classroom teacher to integrate arts learning with other academic subjects, and students learn to identify and courageously express their inner voices.