Make beats. Learn code. Promote equity.
Your Voice is Power provides both students and teachers an introduction computer science through a real-world exploration of of how music, computer science, and entrepreneurship can be tools to advance racial justice. Built in collaboration with Yellow, students channel their learning into an original remix of Pharrell’s song Entrepreneur – a celebration of Black culture – using Python computer code. New this competition year, students can also use computer code to remix Alicia Key’s song, Underdog and Khalid’s New Normal as part of their original creations.
The artist Pharrell stands on a white background wearing sunglasses and a hat.
Your Voice is Power provides both students and teachers an introduction computer science through a real-world exploration of of how music, computer science, and entrepreneurship can be tools to advance racial justice. Built in collaboration with Yellow, students channel their learning into an original remix of Pharrell’s song Entrepreneur – a celebration of Black culture – using Python computer code. New this competition year, students can also use computer code to remix Alicia Key’s song, Underdog and Khalid’s New Normal as part of their original creations.
Make beats, no experience necessary
The Your Voice Is Power coding competition and learning experience challenges students to remix beats while learning to code.

For the competition, students use EarSketch, a free online code editor, to compose a unique musical remix using songs from top recording artists including, Pharrell William’s new song “Entrepreneur”. Students can also participate in the curriculum and experience how computer science, music, and entrepreneurship can advance equity.

No experience is necessary to participate . Submitted remixes will be judged based on quality of music, code, and messaging by a panel of industry professionals.

Students can compete with their class or on their own from December 1st, 2021 to June 19th, 2022. Five students will win a $5,000 scholarship or grant to start a business, and five teachers will receive $1,000 for above and beyond instruction.

Competition Timeline
Round One
Opens: December 1, 2021
Closes: February 7, 2022
Finalists Announced: March 2022
Round Two
Opens: February 8, 2022
Closes: June 19, 2022
Finalists Announced: July, 2022

Grand Prize Announced: August, 2022
Requirements for Submission
A remix of one of our three featured artists' songs coded on the EarSketch platform that promotes a message of equity that meets the following requirements:
Length of 30 seconds to 3 minutes
Include five distinct tracks
One audio clip from Pharrell Williams's Entrepreneur song
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Runs in the EarSketch DAW without error(s)
Code includes one custom function to define song sections (for MS/HS students only)

Check out this exemplar song and code
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Awards List
All song submissions will be judged by industry professionals. Students can submit as many times as they’d like, however can only win once per round. Student prizes will be awarded each round with final student and teacher grand prizes announced in early August.
STUDENTS
5 Grand Prize Winners: $5000 scholarship or grant to start a business.
2 Division Winners per round: $500 Amazon Gift Card
10 Finalists per round: $200 Amazon Gift Card + merchandise from YELLOW.
100 Semi-finalists per round: $25 Amazon Gift Card
TEACHERS
Five teachers will win a $1000 cash prize for above and beyond instruction with Your Voice is Power. All teachers with ten or more student submissions will be eligible and contacted to apply.
Teacher Training
Expand your instructor knowledge by attending any of our free training sessions.
YVIP Curriculum and EarSketch Teacher Training
New to EarSketch? Bring the excitement of teaching coding through music to your class in this all-in-one training session. We'll cover the curriculum, the competition submission process, and the basics of EarSketch in a fun, two-hour session.
Curriculum Only
Already familiar with EarSketch? Join us for this one-hour power session that will leave you ready to teach the YVIP Curriculum. Learn to decode the message in music and how entrepreneurship, computer science, and music are pathways to equity.
YVIP Refresher
Is this your second year teaching Your Voice is Power? Join us for a refresher on the YVIP curriculum and an overview of this year's competition!
Introduction to EarSketch
This one-hour power session will review all of the EarSketch tools your students will use to code a successful song entry to the Your Voice is Power Competition.
Advanced EarSketch
If you've been teaching with EarSketch for more than a year and are ready to learn some advanced features, this workshop is for you! Join music technologist Chalece De La Coudray and take your EarSketch skills to the next level.
Racial Equity Discourse for Educators
Eager to deepen your ability to lead racial equity discussions in the classroom? Join this 90-minute session to develop the mindsets and skills necessary to facilitate diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions with middle and high school students.
Featured Videos
Layer of Songs
Music Technologist Chalece DeLaCoudray and Audio Engineer Mike Larson code sound layers in EarSketch. Mike Larson has worked with Pharrell as his Recording Engineer for over 10 years. Chalece was the first African American to receive a Masters in Music Technology from Georgia Tech.
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Layer of Songs
Music Technologist Chalece DeLaCoudray and Audio Engineer Mike Larson code sound layers in EarSketch. Mike Larson has worked with Pharrell as his Recording Engineer for over 10 years. Chalece was the first African American to receive a Masters in Music Technology from Georgia Tech.
Decode the Message in the Music
Dr. Joycelyn Wilson, Assistant Professor of Hip Hop Studies and Digital Media at Georgia Tech, schools us on messaging in music and how to decode it with her groundbreaking method, The O.U.T.K.A.S.T Imagination.
Song Structure
Music Technologist Chalece DeLaCoudray and Audio Engineer Mike Larson code song structure in EarSketch using functions.
Entrepreneurship
Beatrice Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO of The Honey Pot Company share her Top 6 Tips for entrepreneurs and the importance of entrepreneurship and equity.
FAQ
  • How and when will winners be chosen and notified? What are the prizes?
    For students: For Round 1, Georgia Tech will notify the top 10 finalists, 2 division winners, and 100 runner ups in March, 2022. For Round 2, Georgia Tech will notify the top 10 finalists, 2 division winners, and 100 runner ups in July, 2022. All twenty finalists win a $200 Amazon Gift Card; division winners will win a $500 gift card, and all 200 runner ups win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Finalists will be entered into the Grand Prize Round and five students will be selected in August 2022 as final winners. These students will win a $5,000 scholarship or grant to start their own business and special merchandise box from YELLOW.

    For teachers: In June, Georgia Tech will reach out to any teacher with 10 or more student submissions. Teachers can submit an application for the Grand Prize. In August 2022, five teachers will be selected and awarded the grand prize for their work broadening access to computer science education. Winning teachers will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

  • If I'm a teacher, how does this fit into my classroom/curriculum?
    We encourage ALL teachers (computer science, music, business, history, math, science, reading, etc.) to bring this unique learning experience to your class. Building an equitable future for us all requires teaching students about racial injustice and equipping them with the mindset, knowledge, and skills they need to combat it. Similarly, access to the skills of the future is not guaranteed in today's educational system. By teaching students the basics of computer science, entrepreneurship, and music production, you will spark student interest in new career possibilities.

    The provided curriculum is broken into 5-6 modules. Each module is written to take one class period (60 minutes) of instruction; however, teachers may move through the modules at their own pace. Each module comes with a scripted lesson plan, slide decks, digital student materials, exemplar code examples, and engaging videos! Review the materials to allot the time needed for your class to complete. All materials are aligned to the CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards.
  • Can my students participate in both rounds?
    Yes! Students can submit as many times as they'd like and in any (or both) rounds. We will select 100 winners per round, and the top 10 finalists per round will move forward to be judged for grand prize. Students can enter into either round and with as many unique songs as they'd like.
  • Can students work in teams or must they submit individually?
    Students can submit songs in partner pairs or individually. During song submission, students will be asked to provide the name and email of their partner (if they have one).
  • If I'm a student, should I complete on my own or with my class?
    Up to you! You can certainly complete the challenge on your own now (head to EarSketch now to get started)! You can also share the opportunity with your classroom teacher to see if your entire class can participate.
  • Do I have to use the curriculum to participate?
    While strongly recommended, using the curriculum is entirely optional. The curriculum is provided to help teachers guide meaningful discussion and instruct students how to use EarSketch. Teachers may implement the curriculum however they see best for their classroom. Student winners will be judged based on their final song. Teacher winners will be selected based how they went "above and beyond" to bring this learning experience to their classroom.
  • What languages are available and what countries can participate?
    The competition and curriculum are currently available in English and Canadian French only. While anyone can utilize the curricular resources and EarSketch platform, students and teachers must live in the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Refer to rules and regulations for US and Canada for more details.

    Both US and Canadian students should submit their song utilizing the final submission link inside the EarSketch platform.
  • What materials (hardware/software) are required?
    Students will need access to a web browser and internet to participate. EarSketch is a web based coding platform (no downloads necessary). EarSketch runs on chromebooks and any computer with a standard web browser.

    All curriculum materials can be used digitally or can be printed out. No other equipment is required.
  • My class is fully virtual due to COVID-19. How will this impact my ability to deliver the curriculum?
    The curriculum was designed to be delivered virtually. In December 2020, twenty four teachers piloted the full experience virtually with great success. While virtual instruction can make discussion and individual support tricky, the provided materials make it possible to deliver a rich and exciting learning experience to your students even from afar.
  • Who can I contact for questions about the competition or for help with EarSketch?
    Please email escomp@gatech.edu for any questions regarding this competition or for help with EarSketch.
  • How do students submit their final songs?
    You can submit your song directly from the EarSketch website through clicking "Submit to Competition" in the script menu. You can also go to the competition submission site and paste your script/song URL to submit your song. Click this link to read more detailed instructions.
  • I can't attend any of the trainings but I need support. What other training options exist?
    All trainings will be recorded and shared for those that cannot attend live training. Please see the EarSketch Teacher Training site for more information.
  • Who created the Your Voice Is Power Curriculum and Competition?
    Your Voice Is Power Curriculum and Competition was designed by educational experts in computer science and social justice instruction.

    CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION:
    Sabrina Grossman, Program Director, CEISMC, Georgia Tech
    Chalece DeLaCoudray, Innovator in Residence, CEISMC, Georgia Tech, chaleced.com
    Joycelyn Wilson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Hip Hop Studies and DM, HipHop2020 Innovation Archive, Georgia Tech
    Roxanne Moore, PhD, Senior Research Engineer, Georgia Tech
    Stephanie Walters, YELLOW Foundation
    Justin Funiliar, YELLOW Foundation
    Mike Galliard, YELLOW Foundation
    Krystal Hardy Allen, CEO, K. Allen Consulting
    Jaritza Alecon, Associate Consultant, K. Allen Consulting

    VIDEOGRAPHY:
    Tekquiree Spencer, Executive Producer, Spencers4Hire
    Jermaine R. Spencer, Executive Producer, Spencers4Hire
    Beatrice Dixon, Featured Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of the Honey Pot Company
    Mike Larson, Sound Engineer and Music Producer

    CREATIVE:
    Kass Escalera, Design Education Diversity, Amazon
    Ashley Glover, UX Designer, Amazon Fire TV
    Jimin Kim, UX Visual Designer, Amazon
    Matt Giuliari, UX Designer, Amazon Devices Design & Services Group ,
    Rina King, UX Visual Designer, Amazon Devices Design & Services Group

    TECHNICAL:
    Jason Freeman, Chair, School of Music, Georgia Tech
    Luke Heerman, Application Developer Lead, School of Music, Georgia Tech
    Love Park, Education Outreach Coordinator, CEISMC, Georgia Tech
  • What is EarSketch?
    EarSketch is a free web-based platform to help students of all ages learn core topics in computer science, music, and music technology in a fun and engaging learning environment. EarSketch helps students learn to code in Python or JavaScript through manipulating loops, composing beats, remixing sounds, and applying effects to a multi-track digital audio workstation.
  • What is YELLOW?
    Founded by recording artist, producer, songwriter, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams, YELLOW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to EVEN THE ODDS for all youth through education. YELLOW has a focus on 5 key priorities: Abolish Remedial, Revolutionize Teaching, Inspire Entrepreneurship, Nourish Youth, and Enlist Communities. Through these priorities, YELLOW will transform education and teach for the future, creating a lens of possibility.
  • What is Amazon Future Engineer?
    Amazon Future Engineer is Amazon’s signature computer science program, designed to inspire, educate, and prepare children and young adults from underrepresented and underserved communities to pursue computer science. The program is part of Amazon’s $50 million investment in computer science and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.