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.


MAPS is in its thirteenth year of operation and expanding its program outreach to rural and urban schools in more cities and states.  MAPS continues to be directed by the original vision and mission of bringing diverse students together from different cities and states to create poetry and music together.  The four MAPS teachers are Felix Rivera and Davinna Thrower (poetry teachers, at the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers/Innovation Diploma Plus – UAGC in Manhattan) and Matthew King and Rahul Roy (songwriting teachers, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School – PVPA in South Hadley, Massachusetts).