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?
Complimentary Educator Kit, Sheet Music, Lesson Plans and Funding Opportunities
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!
Free Sheet Music
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 email@example.com.
History of Barbershop Harmony Lesson Plan
What is barbershop harmony and why should your students be interested? Use our complimentary lesson plan to introduce barbershop harmony in your classroom.
Young Women in Harmony Brochure
Learn what Sweet Adelines International can provide for your students through our Young Women in Harmony program. View and download our YWIH Brochure.
Funding for Barbershop Events
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.
Do Your Students Sing Barbershop? We have a contest for that!
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. This year’s Rising Star Quartet Contest takes place on July 25 at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas (USA). 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.
YWIH Video Chorus Contest
Do you have a chorus with at least 12 members? Chorus singers 25 years and under are invited to enter the 2020 YWIH Video Chorus Contest. No travel costs are involved! Just sing, record, submit, and — WIN! The recorded performance must take place between July 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. A cash award of $1,000 USD is provided to the first place chorus! Cash awards of $750 and $500 are provided to the choruses placing second and third, respectively. View the YWIH Video Chorus Contest webpage for additional information.
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