In the Songwriting in the Schools Program, middle and high school students engage in a rigorous creative process, writing their own songs from a character's point of view under the guidance of a professional lyricist and a composer. At the end of the 9-session residency, students share their work with their peers. All students receive a CD of their songs.

"My character is fifty years old and her song is very sad, about her son who died in the war. I am 14, but I feel like I know her."

— 8th grader, Central Park East Middle School

Selected songs written during LCT's Songwriting in the Schools Program are performed in June by professional artists in a concert setting on the stage of LCT's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

LCT's Songwriting in the Schools Program is designed to enrich the writing curriculum and to support the New York City Department of Education's Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts by teaching songwriting vocabulary, character development, collaborative techniques, and about musical genres.