"I ask for one day where I don't have to hear about pain, or life that's lost, I ask for one day where whispers of hope are alive inside my heart." These words, written by 5th graders in a writing workshop,
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"Give us hope and we'll show you the way." This popular piece is celebrating its 20th anniversary with this edition. Identical in each voicing to the original editions - but now, more of the royalties are
Expressing a powerful message of hope for a better world, this dynamic piece strikes a universal chord for all to hear! The quiet and subdued opening gradually builds to a dramatic musical statement using
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Kusimama is written in a world-music style that is accessible for choirs, both young and old, that are just beginning to be exposed to world rhythms and language - a sort of introduction to new
The Foundation for Small Voices advocates for school music programs in many ways. Proceeds from sheet music sales of this piece by co-founder Jim Papoulis go directly to the Music Changes the World project.
The essence of this work, in a world of conflict and violence, is the need for a deep understanding that peace can come from all of us. After the opening phrase, "Look in the eyes of the children, feel the
Kuwa Furaha is a song about joy. More specifically, it is about the simple and beautiful way that children have of showing and expressing their joy. Jim Papoulis is well known for his world music
"Eneza upendo uendako, umoja ni upendo" translates to "Spread love everywhere you go, unity is love." This piece celebrates the hopeful sentiments of unity and love through both Swahili and English lyrics
"When I close my eyes then I can see that I am not afraid." This song of confidence and hope for young voices resonates with positive lyrics, a strong melody and an expressive accompaniment for piano and
Subtitled Standing Tall, this original work combines Swahili and English phrases about standing with hope, strength, acceptance, and a positive spirit - all in an accessible world music style.
The text, with a message that celebrates humanity and acceptance, does so using both English and Arabic as a way of celebrating cultures that make up a significant part of our community. Arabic phrases and
A perfect choice for younger choirs, this bluesy, hip original concert pop selection has a positive and inspirational text about moving on through the challenges of life. A large portion of the setting is
In My Heart is a gentle look at the importance of knowing that the inside of a child's heart and mind is a safe and nurturing place. This is a sweet, innocent piece suitable for any age.
This piece uses half-empty Tic Tac boxes as percussion instruments to remind us that "all we have to do is listen and open our hearts to get along." The rhythm of the music and the "shakers" is infectious
Written with the Mississippi Boychoir in a Foundation for Small Voices song-writing workshop, the participants returned over and over again to the theme of "belief in oneself." While searching for words
Composed with young singers in a songwriting seminar, this hopeful piece resonates with the themes and musical styles of our younger generation. The lyrics are about the fact that "love, small acts of
The metaphor embraced by the young poets that collaborated on this piece is that of a flame in all of us that, when encouraged, keeps dancing and giving others hope. The simple melody will give young choirs
Today’s society often seems to require children to perform tasks earlier and better, over-schedule life sooner, and grow up faster. Be With Me embraces the years of a child’s life
Each time "chiku ah" (chikoo ah) is sung it should be in a whispered voice, with intensity. "Si mama, wototo" (stand tall, children) is the response in Swahili. This compelling piece uses both English and
This work celebrates the light that lies within each of us. It is a light that can inspire, create, motivate and encourage from the inside out. The piano and voices play together in this piece, trading