Your Voice is Power

Explore how music, coding
and entrepreneurship can
effect positive change

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What is Your Voice is Power?
Make beats. Learn code. Promote equity.

Your Voice is Power is a project-based curriculum and national remix competition that introduces the fundamentals of computer science to students through an exploration of music and social change. Across five learning modules, students engage in fun activities and thought-provoking discussions to learn how these topics intersect.

Built in collaboration with Pharrell Williams’ education nonprofit YELLOW, this one-week program challenges students to express their own voice, write code using Georgia Tech’s EarSketch platform, and create an original song remix that promotes equity.

The Your Voice is Power Remix Competition is open to elementary, middle and high school students. The Your Voice is Power project-based curriculum is designed to engage MS & HS students.
Your Voice is Power
Remix Competition

Learn. Create. Compete for prizes.

Can coding + composing = promoting equity? Yes!

At the end of the learning experience, students who participate in Your Voice is Power have the option to submit their songs and equity-minded reflections into a national remix competition.

Songs with social change themes from top recording artists, including “Entrepreneur” – a celebration of Black entrepreneurship – by Pharrell Williams, “Underdog” by Alicia Keys, and “New Normal” by Khalid, provide students with inspiration and music stems for their compositions.

No experience is necessary to enter. Remixed song submissions will be judged based on music, code and message to promote equity by a panel of industry professionals.

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.

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Competition Timeline
Round 1
Opens: December 1
Closes: March 31

Finalists Announced: April
Round 2
Opens: April 1
Closes: June 19

Finalists Announced: July
Selection Round
Opens: July
Closes: August

Grand Prize Winners Announced: August
Requirements for Submission

Student remix submissions must be coded on the EarSketch platform, include songs by Your Voice is Power featured artists, promote a message of equity, and meet the following requirements.

Song length of 30 seconds to 3 minutes
Includes five distinct tracks
Features at least one audio clip from “Entrepreneur” by Pharrell Williams
Runs in the EarSketch DAW without error(s)
Has code that includes one custom function to define song sections (for MS/HS students only)
Contains a student reflection explaining the message to promote equity in the remix
Hear song submissions from Grand Prize Winners of the Your Voice is Power Remix Competition!
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Students
Five Grand Prize Winners: $5,000 scholarship or grant to start a business

10 Finalists per Round: $200 Amazon Gift Card + advance to the Selection Round

Two Best Young Artists (one Elementary School, one Middle School) per Round: $50 Amazon Gift Card

100 Runners-up per Round: $25 Amazon Gift Card
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Teachers
Five teachers will receive a $1,000 cash prize in recognition of 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? Explore how music and coding combine to bring a unique learning experience to your classroom 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 for the Your Voice is Power Remix 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.
The Your Voice is Power Curriculum includes lesson plans, slide decks, engaging videos, and student workbooks. It focuses on the fundamentals of computer science while exploring how music, coding and entrepreneurship can be tools to advance social change.
Featured Videos
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Song Structure

Music Technologist Chalece DeLaCoudray and Audio Engineer Mike Larson code song structure in EarSketch using functions.

  • Beyuti Burrows profile picture
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    I’ve seen people not having the resources to benefit one’s self due to racial injustice and what happens when they make the best out of what they have. I also have a bigger understanding of stereotypical things people tend to expect when they see black people. People get so surprised when they see a black person as an entrepreneur, but like anyone else they’re doing what they have to do to make a living. Lately I’ve tried to do what I can to inspire others. I can promote equity by encouraging others to use their talents and passion to make their own sources of income, so they don’t have to answer to anyone. They could create jobs for the overall community. Through the YVIP Competition I learned that I could do something I love while also coding.
    Beyuti Burrows, Grade 9, Martha Ellen Stillwell School of the Arts, Jonesboro, Georgia
  • Diego Martinez profile picture
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    During the course of the YVIP unit, I learned a lot about what it means to be an entrepreneur, especially one who is in the minority category. As a minority myself, it was interesting seeing the different perspectives and experiences from these black entrepreneurs and how they were able to flesh out their business and still prosper with the added hardships that an otherwise privileged white person wouldn’t have. Along with that, I’ve also learned a lot about coding too. This class was the first time I’ve coded anything so it was interesting to learn how python works and how many functions can be used to execute a simple or complex task.
    Diego Martinez, Grade 12, Lane Tech High School, Chicago, Illinois
  • Jasmine Jenkinson profile picture
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    This experience has taught me that there are creative and innovative ways to break down racial barriers. Through programs like EarSketch, young artists can create music without having access to a state-of-the-art recording studio. I was able to combine my love of music and newfound knowledge of computer science to share a critical message about racial inequality in today’s society. I hope my song reminds listeners that the time for change is now, and if we don’t actively fight towards racial equity today, we will never reach it tomorrow.(Required)
    Jasmine Jenkinson, Grade 12, Elmvale District High School, Elmvale, Ontario
  • Samuel Kuran profile picture
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    I came into this competition as part of a school assignment, but it became so much more than that. It is all about supporting black entrepreneurship, thus promoting equity, and I hope that my music can help that cause. Along the way, I learned so much about Python. I kept exploring and testing, and was amazed to discover the unique possibilities that EarSketch offers! It led to many challenges, but all of it was worth it. I will use what I’ve learned from this experience to make even better music and work towards supporting other causes to do more for my community.
    Samuel (Sam) Kuran, Grade 9, North Springs High School, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Eryon Panier profile picture
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    My song serves as a reminder to black people, especially young black children, that we are capable of much more than we are given credit for. It is important for us to believe in ourselves and each other, and to appreciate the skin we were blessed with. I thought that it was a really cool idea to mix music with raising awareness on an issue that can never be talked about enough. I learned how to code music and merge different clips together to make one sound/ song. Also, I had to learn about tempo and decide which would be the best for the message of my song.
    Eryon Panier, Grade 11, Palm Beach Gardens High School, Atlanta, Georgia

FAQ

How and when will winners be chosen and notified? What are the prizes?

For students: Round 1, Georgia Tech will notify 10 Finalists, two Best Young Artists, and 100 Runners-up in April. Round 2, Georgia Tech will notify 10 Finalists, two Best Young Artists, and 100 Runners-up in July. Prizes: All 20 Finalists win a $200 Amazon Gift Card and advance to the Selection Round, Best Young Artists win a $50 Amazon Gift Card, and Runners-up win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Finalists will be entered into the Selection Round and five students will be chosen in August as Grand Prize Winners. These students will win a $5,000 scholarship or grant to start their own business.

For teachers: In June, Georgia Tech will contact any teacher with 10 or more student submissions to encourage them to apply for a special recognition prize. In August, five winning teachers will be selected and awarded a $1,000 cash prize for their work broadening access to computer science education.

If I'm a teacher, how does this fit into my classroom/curriculum?

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 may submit as many unique songs in the competition as they’d like and in any or both rounds. We will select 100 Runners-up per round, with the top 10 Finalists per round moving forward to be judged for the Grand Prize in the Selection Round.

Can students work in teams or must they submit individually?

Students can submit songs in partner pairs or individually. During the song submission process, 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 (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 educators guide meaningful discussion and instruct students on 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 curriculum is currently available in English and French (Canadian). The competition is currently available in English, French (Canadian), Inuktitut, and Ojibwe. 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?

Students may submit their songs directly from the EarSketch website by clicking “Submit to Competition” in the script menu. They can also go to the competition submission site and paste their script/song URL to submit a 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 training sessions will be recorded and shared for those who cannot attend a live training. Please see the EarSketch Teacher Training site for more information.

Who created the Your Voice is Power Curriculum and Remix Competition?

Your Voice is Power Curriculum and Remix 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

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 five 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.
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