Music and Poetry Synchronized
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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Meet the Team
“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.”