American Young Voices (AYV) is a performing arts education program designed to supplement your existing music curriculum. Teachers prepare our music in their classes for many months before students excitedly come together in a massive chorus concert at their local arena. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event for all involved!
Students are the stars of the show, and will perform with thousands of other students for a sell-out audience. AYV unifies children from across the region, boosts their confidence, and provides lifelong memories for them and their families.
AYV aligns with all the evidence that music education supports students’ developing 21st century skills, including self-reflection, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation, not to mention singing with thousands of others is a lot of fun! Also, the AYV experience provides opportunities for community building and emotional connections among children of various ages, races, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Beyond the singing experience, students have the opportunity to see live musicians, conductors, singers, band members, as well as stage crews, production teams, and sound engineers at work. Additionally, AYV staff puts student safety as a priority, working with arena staff and local police, including strict arrival and dismissal procedures, to ensure a smooth, safe, and organized flow to the day.
The 2017 season has American Young Voices concerts in:
Albany, NY (Times Union Center) - Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
Lowell, MA (Tsongas Center) - Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
Newark, NJ (Prudential Center) - Thursday, June 1st, 2017
Fairfax, VA (EagleBank Arena) - Friday, June 2nd, 2017
AYV is designed like a field trip event, so there is a daytime into evening commitment for students and teachers, as we rehearse prior to the concert. The itinerary of the day is as followed:
by 2:30pm - Schools arrive to the arena
3:15pm - Rehearsal begins
5:00pm - Dinner Break (we recommend students and chaperones bring a bagged meal and drink; some concession stands will be open)
6:00pm - Return to seats; Doors open to families and guests
7:00pm - Concert starts! (Families purchase tickets to concert)
8:30pm - Approximate end time
Since safety and efficiency is our priority, we recommend schools arrive to and dismiss from the arena together. Parents are encouraged to meet their performers back at school after the concert.
Yes! Once teachers have registered their students, we will mail you our resource materials.
Our comprehensive Music and Information Books include scores, recordings (vocal and accompaniment tracks), conducting notes, teaching aims and objectives in inquiry-based format, lyric sheets, and logistical information. Also, we lead workshops for our teachers to rehearse the music and discuss logistical aspects of the event, and teachers receive professional development hours for their participation at the workshop as well as the concert day. Additionally, teachers are encouraged to use AYV music in their own school programming.
Also, registered teachers have access to our use our online Professional Community in which to pose questions, suggestions etc, as well as to gain general information about the AYV concert, materials, repertoire and more. Most importantly, teachers can find advice, teaching techniques, and/or have opportunities to connect with others to continuously share educational ideas for not only AYV, but for their classroom practice as a whole.
There is a $95 non-refundable registration fee per school that covers the cost of the teachers’ Music Pack (materials and resources). The only other cost that schools is transportation to/from the arena.
There is an option for students and teachers to buy an official AYV T-shirt, which includes a mini-flashlight, but definitely not required. We do charge for tickets for families to attend, but the cost is less than a typical arena concert ticket at around $30, and we seat families in direct view of their child's school! It really is a community event for all performers and their families to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the love of music.
The repertoire and overall programming of the concert is recommended for students in grades 2-8 (ages 7-13).
As many as you like! We ask that you try to make an educated guess when giving us your approximate numbers, as we fill the chorus area of the arena based on your approximate numbers.
We do sell official American Young Voices T-shirts for students, teachers, and chaperones, but they are not required for the performance. If you choose not to purchase a t-shirt, we request that the student-performers, teachers, and chaperones wear a solid white shirt and dark bottoms for the concert.
Yes! AYV has an adapted curriculum, and teachers are provided with teaching aims and objectives in inquiry-based format based on the National Core Arts Standards. That way, it can be used to provide or supplement participating schools’ music education curricula.
Also, a great argument for schools to participate in AYV, is that it meets the new standards for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which clearly articulates that music should be a part of every child’s well-rounded education.
Further, AYV repertoire is chosen to be engaging and accessible to students of various age groups, backgrounds, and abilities- from classrooms to general music classes to choral ensembles in grades 2 through 8. The music is specially arranged to inspire students, increase team building, build a varied skill set of listening skills, and develop an overall appreciation for the arts in a fun and positive way. The repertoire often features music of diverse cultures and languages to widen students’ appreciation of their neighboring communities as well as the world as a whole. In addition, AYV music is designed to strengthen students’ skill sets in vocal range, diction, as well as music literacy and other musical elements that enhance student learning. In addition, the social, intellectual, and personal development of a child can be enhanced by our program as well.