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Music and Poetry Synchronized

Our Mission

Music and Poetry Synchronized (MAPS) teaches students (grades 7 – 12) from diverse cultural, racial, gender, socio-economic, and geographical backgrounds to write original poetry and music and finished songs. In the fall semester urban based students create poetry from their life stories, and in the winter/spring semester rural based music students use the poems as lyrics for the music/songs they write. This songwriting collaboration results in a public performance at the end of each school year.
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Our Impact

  • 14 years bringing together students from South Hadley, MA to NYC to Hartford, CT to Montpelier, VT, to Puerto Rico
  • 450 student participants in this profoundly positive educational program
  • Noticeable improvements in the poetry students’ test scores and the songwriters’ songwriting skills
  • Build students’ self-confidence through public speaking and performing
  • Create lasting bridges across disparate socio-economic, racial, cultural, gender and geographic backgrounds
  • Work together to dispel stereotypes, fears, and prejudices and create improbable friendships and lasting bonds

Meet the Team

Abbey Brophy


Davinna Thrower


Enid Rey

Board Member

Felix R. Rivera


Ilana Morris

Program Officer

Jack Silverman

Board Member
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Jenni French

Board Member

Laura Gray


Matthew King


Nancy Wheeler


Rahul Roy


Rebecca Calahan Klein

Board Member

Tom Willits

Co-Founder/Board Member/Executive Director

“The music aspect of it is kind of like…pick some chords, throw them together on a keyboard or guitar…then start adding harmonies, and that’s about it. It’s like writing any other song–just with words that aren’t your own.”

Scarlett Feliciano