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Music and Poetry Synchronized

Our Mission

Music and Poetry Synchronized (MAPS) teaches 7th through 12th grade students from different geographic, socioeconomic and cultural background to write poetry and music, in preparation for a public concert at the end of the program term. Each MAPS class runs throughout a semester with one group of students creating poetry from their life stories, and the other group uses these poems as lyrics for the songs they write.

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Our Impact

  • 13 years bringing together students from South Hadley, MA and Harlem, NY
  • 400 student participants in this profound, positive educational program
  • Noticeable improvements in the poetry students’ test scores and the songwriters’ songwriting skills
  • Lasting bridges across disparate socio-economic and geographic backgrounds.

Meet the Team

Davinna Thrower

Teacher

Enid Rey

Board Member

Felix R. Rivera

Teacher

Jack Silverman

Board Member

Jeff Mackler

Board Member/Director of IT
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Jenni French

Board Member

Matthew King

Teacher

Rahul Roy

Teacher

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