How Does it Work? 

Bring the YCIW experience to your students!  Enroll your students in YCIW and receive tools and support to help them compose original music.

There Are Two Enrollment Options

1. NYC Public Schools receive for free YCIW Classroom and Live Performance of each students piece.

2. Any other school may enroll their students in YCIW Classroom for $5 per student and have the option for Live Performance.  Schools in the  NYC area have their pieces performed by our artists-in-residence Metropolis Ensemble. Remote schools may choose to have a simulcast performance of student pieces or find a local ensemble.

Each enrollment plan entitles participants to all web courses and online composer mentoring. Teachers receive an instructor account on the Course LMS where they can track student progress and  give assignments.

See below for all details…

YCIW Classroom Web Courses, Composer Mentoring, Noteflight


per student, 1 School Year
  • FREE for NYC Public Schools

YCIW Classroom with Live Performance Live Performance of Each Student's Piece

Contact for Pricing

1 School YearThis option includes all of the YCIW Classroom features: web lessons, composer mentoring, Noteflight

6 Instrumentalists (see below for details)

FREE for NYC Public Schools

Enrollment for NYC Public Schools

Continue here for the NYC Public School enrollment page.

Non-NYC Public School Enrollment

Any school that is not an NYC Public School can continue on to the enrollment page here.

What Do You Get?

Noteflight Account 

For a limited time only YCIW participants will receive a free Noteflight account allowing them to compose anywhere they are online. Teachers receive a free instructor account allowing them to see all student work.  

Online Composer Mentoring

 Composer mentors will give helpful and supportive comments directly on each students Noteflight score for the duration of the Workshop. Comments are left approximately once per week.  This feedback provides great motivation as it helps students feel part of a community of composers.

Web Courses 

Access to a progressive curriculum in the form of interactive web courses. As students complete lessons they receive points and badges making the learning process fun and engaging. The curriculum is designed to facilitate composition for every student regardless of experience. Students learn concepts and build skills through composing their main composition. Web courses take the students through the entire process of creating their own composition. Teachers receive detailed support in how best to implement the curriculum. Each web course includes:
  • Interactive animations
  • Online, self-grade quizzes
  • Pre-made Noteflight Activity Assignments
  • Web Instruments and Tools 

Course LMS 

 Each teacher receives an instructor account on the YCIW Course LMS. Teachers can view student progress, give assignments, manage student accounts and much more. More info…

Teacher and Student Support

Teachers receive extensive online support through the YCIW help forums and knowledge base. The help is pedagogical as well as technical in nature.  The online community also helps support students through the composing process. Students can ask questions and research the knowledge base for help with composing.

Live Performance Option

Giving your students the experience of hearing their pieces performed by world class musicians is undoubtedly the most powerful way of bringing composition to your students. Having the opportunity to work with the musicians during the composing process is invaluable to the young composer and will create an experience that lasts a lifetime.

Participants of the Live Performance Subscription receive 2 visits from our artists-in-residence Metropolis Ensemble 

Visit 1 
 The first visit will occur at approximately the half way point of the Workshop.  In a classroom setting musicians will read through portions of each work and engage students in a discussion about their music. A composer mentor will be present to help facilitate the discussion. This dialogue will be open to student questions about a range of topics including performance practice, orchestration and any other areas of student interest.

 Visit 2 
 Live Concert Performance! Each Workshop concludes with a live concert of each students piece. The entire school community along with families and students are invited.
Compositions can be scored for 6 instruments. Typical orchestration can vary but is often some combination of traditional chamber instruments.  Each concert is conducted by Grammy Award nominated conductor Andrew Cyr.


Professional Audio Recording 
Each student’s piece is professionally recorded. Audio is available for free download and streaming from the YCIW iTunes Page.

Photograph Documentation 
Each Workshop concert is professionally photographed. Photographs are made available for teachers and students.

Programs and Posters 
Concert programs with program notes as well as concert posters are made available.

Scores and Parts
All scores and parts are prepared for the musicians by YCIW. Teachers need not worry about printing or preparing music.