Progressive Curriculum

The curriculum is uniquely progressive and has been developed based on classroom experiences.  Each student is able to begin composing right away and learns the relevant theoretical concepts by actually organizing notes as they want them to be.  The classroom teacher is given ample support with how to use the curriculum through a number of “best practices.”   Teachers use our custom built LMS to manage each of the courses. See below for a more detailed description of the Pedagogical Philosophy.  Membership in YCIW gains access to all Web Courses.

YCIW Classroom

YCIW’s custom Learning Management System called YCIW Classroom comes with complete course material to take the student from the beginning to the end of their composition. Teachers can manage every aspect of the course by setting assignment dates, providing assessments, managing collaborations and facilitating discussions.

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Each course includes pre-made assignments that utilize Noteflight scores, online quizzes and other tools. Teachers set the due date for each assignment to fit with their student’s progress.


Pre-made quizzes help to reinforce important concepts of the curriculum.  Student work is instantly self graded.


Learning outcomes are defined for each assignment. Students and teachers can track their progress toward Learning Mastery based on these outcomes.


Students can track their progress as each assignment is graded and given feedback from teachers and composer mentors. Teachers can rapidly give grades and comments.


Pre-made Rubrics evaluate each assignment based on criteria important to the curriculum.  Student’s receive helpful feedback for each submission outlined by the rubrics.


Teachers can easily manage due dates and assignment notifications via drag and drop calendar. Students stay on top of graded assignments and their due dates.

Web Courses
 Each Workshop is laid out with a step-by-step web course that takes each student through the entire process of composing their piece. Along the way there are interactive web lessons, Noteflight assignment scores and online quizzes. Each step in the course is broad enough to allow for maximum creativity while providing a helpful structure.  See more about the Pedagogical Philosophy below.

Music Works 1 
Alt Text The first web course is geared towards helping every student complete their first composition. Our unique curriculum keeps every student engaged in the composing process. Even non-music readers can begin composing right away.   Try Out Music Course 1

Noteflight Assignment Scores
 Each course includes a number of pre-made Noteflight Assignment scores. These scores are designed to allow the student to explore each concept first with specific directions and then with more open ended creative guidelines.  Students can then use what they’ve learned in their main composition.

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Pedagogical Philosphy

Sound before Theory
We believe that students learn best the ways in which music works and gain ownership over skills and concepts through the experience of organizing their own musical ideas into original compositions. To facilitate this we have developed, and will continue to refine, a curriculum that seeks to put the experience of creation before any kind of music theory.  The structure of the curriculum allows every learner to begin composing exactly where they are. More experienced students can use all of the knowledge they’ve gained from other musical endeavors (private lessons, band class, family and friends). The complete novice who does not  read notation can also begin composing right away!


How does this work?

Simply put, we strive to always give the student a means for executing their musical ideas before they need to know the theoretical concept that makes is work. The most basic illustration of this is how we explore melody. A complete novice does not need to know the notes on the staff to create a smooth melodic shape. Instead, Noteflight the perfect vehicle for moving “shapes” (notes) around in a smooth (or un-smooth) way. Either on the staff or using the piano keyboard entry method students can plot their melody and decide on where to place the notes so they are adjacent or not adjacent. The “bridge” theoretical concept, if you will, toward reading notation would be the musical alphabet. Adjacent letters in the musical alphabet equal adjacent notes on the staff. As non-music readers plot their melody and associates the notes with the musical alphabet they begin to learn how to read music.