Composing Together brings professional composers directly into classrooms to collaborate with youth in creating and performing their own musical compositions, empowering them with the knowledge that their ideas have meaning, value and the power to shape the future.
MY WORDS, MY MUSIC 2017
The program for 2017-2018 combines music composition with original poetry. Participants and audiences collaborate with our composers and a guest poet to create poetry and music for a unique spoken word piece that is performed as a grand finale at the end of every performance and school residency.
Here's a recent poem:
The leaves were flying in the air,
making music in the park.
But one of the leaves didn’t feel like it.
He stayed on the ground
and said, “I can’t sing, I can’t fly.”
He asked his friends to help him,
but they can’t.
Then a man came and saw one leaf on the ground.
He gave him a spindle of golden dust.
by Marco, 7th Grade, Oakland
Brewer Middle School, Oakland Dec. 8 7PM
Montera Middle School, Oakland Dec. 8 7PM
Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley March 8 7PM
King Middle School, Berkeley March 9 7PM
Live Oak Charter School, Petaluma March 16 7:30PM
Vallejo Public Library Family Concert March 18 3PM
Berkeley Public Library Family Concert April 29 2PM
Petaluma Public Library Family Concert May 3 6:30PM
We learn best when we learn from each other.