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YCIW Classroom combines a progressive curriculum with ed tech tools to bring a composition experience to any classroom.

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Since 2012 YCIW has helped students compose over 1,200 pieces. Most have received a live performance by professional musicians. Take a listen…

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YCIW Classroom

Enroll your students to receive web courses, Noteflight assignments, tech tools, composer mentoring and more…

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    Progressive Curriculum

    Interactive web lessons and Noteflight assignments allow students to begin composing right away by using “sound before theory” concepts. Blended techniques allow teachers to incorporate traditional pedagogies. More Info

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    Noteflight & tech tools

    Participants use the web application Noteflight to compose anywhere online. Students use the web application Noteflight to compose anywhere online. aQWERTYon web instrument allow all students to perform concepts. More Info

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    Composer Mentors

    Professional composer mentors leave helpful and supportive feedback on each student’s score and visit classrooms via live skype sessions. More Info

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    Live Performance

    Each student’s piece receives a live performance by a professional ensemble (optional). More Info

YCIW Classroom

Enroll your students to receive web courses, Noteflight assignments, tech tools, composer mentoring and more…

Browse YCIW Classroom by logging into the Demo…

Try YCIW Classroom Demo

Ready to enroll your students? Begin here…

Enroll

Need more info? Submit a Consultation form and we will help you get started.

Consultation Form
  • Connector.

    Progressive Curriculum

    Interactive web lessons and Noteflight assignments allow students to begin composing right away by using “sound before theory” concepts. Blended techniques allow teachers to incorporate traditional pedagogies. More Info

  • Connector.

    Noteflight & tech tools

    Participants use the web application Noteflight to compose anywhere online. Students use the web application Noteflight to compose anywhere online. aQWERTYon web instrument allow all students to perform concepts. More Info

  • Connector.

    Composer Mentors

    Professional composer mentors leave helpful and supportive feedback on each student’s score and visit classrooms via live skype sessions. More Info

  • Connector.

    Live Performance

    Each student’s piece receives a live performance by a professional ensemble (optional). More Info

Teacher Testamonials

"YCIW is a 21st century curriculum which embodies creativity, innovation, STEAM, and global thinking!"

- Jessica Gardner, teacher Portsmouth Christian Academy -New Hampshire

"YCIW provided the tools that unleashed the creativity that was already present in our children. YCIW accelerated our ability to bring this area of our curriculum to life. It is absolutely a favorite class for all the kids in our program."

- Robyn Hilger, Executive Director for El Sistema Oklahoma

"A composition curriculum that actually works!"

- Anthony Beatrice,   Pentucket Regional HS - Massachusetts

"I am so grateful that my school is part of this community of musicians. I cannot thank YCIW enough for providing this outstanding life experience program to my students who were beside themselves in awe as their music was being perform live at the school town hall meeting!"

- Christina Cobo,   RF Wagner Secondary School - Queens, NY

"The YCIW approach to composition transforms each student from a passive listener into an informed participant in the process of musical creation. In addition to the musical benefits, YCIW has helped my students immensely because it has given them a chance to practice taking on the challenge of a long-term, multi-step process as they work though a series of exercises and composition steps to complete their piece. This is a life skill that translates to any field of endeavor."

- Ted Stafford,   St. Saviour Academy - Brooklyn, NY

"YCIW is a great program that taught my students theory in a unique and fun way! The use of technology was great for my students' 21st century skills."

- Serena Robinett,   MS 217 - Brooklyn, NY

Progressive Curriculum

YCIW has developed a progressive curriculum that allows for every student regardless of experience to begin composing right away. The curriculum is housed in a custom LMS which includes interactive web lessons, Noteflight assignment scores and other special web tools.  As students complete the assignments teachers can award grades and track their progress. Teachers use the curriculum in a blended way by incorporating the concepts into their normal music classroom activities.

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Noteflight

With the help of technology like Noteflight every student gains knowledge of concepts and builds musical skills while composing original pieces. Noteflight is a revolutionary web application that allows students to compose anywhere they are online via a laptop, desktop or tablet device. YCIW participants complete web assignments that take advantage of Noteflight’s user friendly interface. Feedback from composer mentors and classroom teachers is given directly on the student’s Noteflight score. Noteflight becomes not only a creation tool but also a virtual community where students can interact, share ideas and connect about their music.

Tech Tools

Cutting edge music-ed tech tools built into the web courses help give every student the ability to manipulate the concepts and create their own ideas. For example, NYU’s MusEdLab’s aQWERTYon instrument transforms any computer keyboard into a full-fledged instrument.

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Live Performance

Our Ensemble Partners visit with students during the composing process and each Workshop concludes with a live concert performance of every composition. The students interact with the musicians just as a composer does in a workshop setting. This is an essential experience connected to the composing process. A composer mentor will moderate the interaction between the young composer and the musician while helping the student express how she wants her piece to sound. A public performance increases the power of the experience by building motivation and confidence.

As an alternative schools may choose to instead have their student’s pieces recorded remotely by one of our Ensemble Partners. A video of the recording session can then be shared with the entire community.

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What Students Say

"Composing has taught me a lot of things. It has been a great experience. If I composes in the future I will be prepared. I am very happy and grateful for this experience."

- Clara, 6th grader

"Besides learning new things in music I learned a lot about creativity. One thing I learned about being creative is there is really no one correct way of what music is."

- Jane, 5th grader

"Composing has changed the way I listen to music because I've started to think about the chords and dynamics that I hear."

- Katie, 5th grader

"Being a composer is great because I get to compare my music to music that I like."

- Ally, 6th grader

"It feels great to have the privilege to experiment and learn about music and composing!"

- Miles, 6th grader

Composer Mentors

During the Workshop professional composer mentors will provide helpful and supportive feedback to students directly on their Noteflight scores. They’ll provide insights on each student’s main composition as well as help on their Noteflight assignments. Students may ask questions and discuss any musical topics.

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YCIW Classroom

Bring the YCIW experience to your students with YCIW Classroom. Teachers can enroll their students to receive a Noteflight account, access to all online course curriculum and online composer mentoring. Cost is $5/student. This is free for any NYC Public School.

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*Extra Feature

Live Performance

Our Ensemble Partners will visit your classroom for a workshop run through of your student’s pieces and return again for a live concert performance. Each piece is professionally recorded. Cost for this feature is based on the number of compositions and the instrumentation.  This feature is included for any participating NYC Public School.

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*Extra Feature

Remote Recording

Have each student’s piece recorded remotely instead of having a young composers concert. Recordings come with a video of the recording session for teachers to present a viewing concert for their community. Cost for this feature is $16/piece. Inquire about grant opportunities.

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Details


YCIW Classroom

Bring the YCIW experience to your students with YCIW Classroom. Teachers can enroll their students to receive a Noteflight account, access to all online course curriculum and online composer mentoring. Cost is $5/student. This is free for any NYC Public School.

Learn More

*Extra Feature

Live Performance

Our Ensemble Partners will visit your classroom for a workshop run through of your student’s pieces and return again for a live concert performance. Each piece is professionally recorded. Cost for this feature is based on the number of compositions and the instrumentation.  This feature is included for any participating NYC Public School.

Learn More

*Extra Feature

Remote Recording

Have each student’s piece recorded remotely instead of having a young composers concert. Recordings come with a video of the recording session for teachers to present a viewing concert for their community. Cost for this feature is $16/piece. Inquire about grant opportunities.

Learn More
We work with…
YCIW is funded in part by the BMI Foundation Inc.
Young Composers & Improvisors Workshop is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
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