Voices for Social Justice

Students create a musical story based on challenges they face every day in their communities. Available in English or Spanish.

Music is often used as a conveyor of ideals, opinion, rebellion and affirmation. In this program, we look closely at how art and song have contributed to shaping and encouraging social change. Students identify social and political conflicts in their communities and put the power of songwriting into practice as they create their own opera.

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Information for Teachers

For grades 4–12. This program consists of 10 to 14 weekly class sessions of 90 minutes, a performance, and a 45-minute follow-up session. Two teaching artists plan content with the classroom teacher, who also works with students to complete assignments between visits. Access to performance space and a piano in good working order is necessary. Offered virtually in fall 2020 and in-person spring 2021 (TBC).


$1,500-$1,800 for each participating classroom. Scholarships are available for qualifying schools.

This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


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Questions? Contact (415) 565-3280 or [email protected].