Music and Poetry Synchronized
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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“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.”