Music Educator Resources
Take Your Students' Vocal Skills to the Next Level!
Sweet Adelines International is committed to elevating women singers through education, performance, and competition in barbershop harmony and a cappella music. As part of that commitment, the organization has created the Young Women in Harmony (YWIH) Program. Designed for women age 25 and younger, YWIH provides music educators complimentary resources to incorporate barbershop harmony in their school's choral repertoire.
This unique style of four-part a cappella harmony creates exciting, ringing chords and develops strong, confident singers.
Barbershop singing is a rewarding accomplishment for a vocal ensemble, and the curriculum to get started is absolutely free!
Ready to Bring Barbershop Harmony to Your School?
What is barbershop harmony and why should your students be interested? Use our complimentary lesson plan to introduce barbershop harmony in your classroom.
To request your free YWIH educator kit, please complete our short survey.
If you are a music educator or are planning an event that promotes barbershop for young women, please take advantage of the following resources!
FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS: View our list of complimentary song titles voiced for young women. You may select up to two song titles and receive 1 sample copy for each chosen song. Make your song selections on our application for free sheet music. Send your application to email@example.com.
FOR FESTIVAL/EVENTS: View our list of complimentary song titles voiced for young women. You may select up to three song titles and receive 50 copies per 3 song titles, 75 copies per 2 song titles, or 150 copies of one song title. Make your song selections on our application for free sheet music. Send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn what Sweet Adelines International can provide for your students through our Young Women in Harmony program. View and download our YWIH Brochure.
Are you planning a barbershop event, festival, camp, or workshop for your students? We provide funding to assist with your event materials, rental space, etc. Complete our events funding application form to get started.
Funding for Event Clinician
Looking to host a guest clinician for your barbershop event? For funding consideration, please complete the event clinician application form. Form must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the event.
Music education grants are available to individuals, groups, or organizations sponsoring or hosting barbershop education and performance opportunities for young women. If you have a budget of at least $1,000 USD, grants are available bi-annually through Sweet Adelines Young Singers Foundation. To view eligibility requirements and apply for a grant, please visit our education grants and scholarships webpage.
Scholarships up to $5,000 USD are awarded annually to young women who have completed at least one semester of university coursework. To view eligibility requirements and apply for a scholarship, please visit our education grants and scholarships webpage.
Rising Star Quartet Contest
Sweet Adelines International welcomes members and non-members ages 25 and younger to compete in the 2020 Rising Star Quartet Contest! Quartets may register for the contest beginning on January 2, 2020. Contest entry closes on June 1, 2020, or after the 20 competitor slots have been filled.
Updated March 20, 2020: With deep regret, we announce that the 2020 Rising Star Quartet Contest will not be held at the 2020 International Education Symposium (IES). At this time, we still expect to hold the quartet competition, but the exact details are yet to be determined.
A cash award of $2,000 USD is provided to the winning quartet! Cash awards of $1,000 and $500 are provided to the quartets placing second and third, respectively. View the Rising Star Quartet Contest webpage for additional information.
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