SING DC (“Sing and Inspire a New Generation”) is CCW’s program to provide introductory choral music training to students in under-resourced DC schools and neighborhoods. In a nurturing environment where no prior vocal training is required, students learn to match pitch, sing with healthy vocal technique, begin to read music, and are introduced to basic performance skills. By offering this choral music program at no cost to the schools or students, we hope to break down cultural, economic, and geographic barriers in the local D.C. Metro Area and encourage young singers to become active citizens and innovative artists in their communities.

Current and former partners:

  • Beers Elementary School

  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington

  • Capital City PCS

  • Cesar Chavez Parkside Middle School

  • Creative Minds PCS

  • Lee Montessori PCS

  • Orr Elementary School

  • Perry Street Preparatory School

  • Truesdell Educational Campus

  • Washington School for Girls

SING DC classes are:

  • Offered at no-cost to the hosting school or participating students

  • Taught by a trained music educator and professional musician

  • 45 minutes long or the length of a class period

  • An in-school residency or after school program

  • Once a week for up to a full school year

  • Able to accommodate class sizes from 10 – 30 students

SING DC students learn:

  • How to produce a healthy singing voice and tone

  • How to match pitch

  • Proper posture and breathing techniques

  • About the connections between modern popular music, Western European classical music, and musical genres from across the globe

  • How songs have been used to express ideas about self, community and society

  • How to perform in front of an audience as an ensemble