In LCT’s 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 and receive a demo recording of their songs.
“The teaching artists helped guide my students to create something so wonderful that they are really proud of.”— Teacher, IS61 Leonardo da Vinci Intermediate School
Each spring, representative songs written by students during the program are performed by professional artists in a concert setting at Lincoln Center.
LCT's Songwriting in the Schools Program is designed to enrich the writing curriculum with standards-based instruction that addresses the New York City Department of Education's Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: Theater by teaching songwriting vocabulary, character development, and collaborative techniques.
This video captures the excitement of our 10th annual concert of student-written songs that took place in June 2017, the culminating event of that semester’s work in the Songwriting in the Schools Program.