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YVIP Course Introduction

Course Overview

Through these 8 modules, students will learn the EarSketch skills to create a song to submit to the competition. Consider it the skill-building phase! So, the activities throughout the modules should be done with that in mind. It may be challenging to complete a submission-ready song simply by doing the EarSketch activities in the modules only once. Click here to view the final song requirements.

Song submission for the competition is optional! Students might only wish to learn about the social issues and coding a song with EarSketch - that's perfectly fine!

The curriculum contained in this project is similar to—yet different from—the EarSketch curriculum online. That EarSketch curriculum is a wonderful additional resource for you. Feel free to go to it and search for topics you want to know more about.

Course Requirements

  • A desktop or laptop computer (or Chromebook)
  • Internet connection
  • A keyboard, mouse, or trackpad
  • Headphones or speakers


  • EarSketch will not work on mobile devices. 
  • Your school district may need to approve the EarSketch website
  • If students are in a classroom environment, we recommend headphones.

Course Resources

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General Teacher Preparation

  1. Ensure that each student can access the EarSketch website, from their device.
    Note: EarSketch will not work on a mobile device (iPad, phone) or offline, so each student must have access to a computer or Chromebook and reliable internet.
  2.  Preview all student work assignments in the Modules.
  3. There are 3 sets of instructional materials:

The Course Guide is comprehensive and contains Instructor Dialogue, Instructor Cues, Resource materials, detailed Extension activities, and links to the slides. 

The Slides allow you to present effectively to the students.  They contain most of the Instructor Dialogue and Instructor Cues in the Notes section, BUT not all. So, please, always check the Course Guide for the module.

The Student Notebook is a digital resource where students can 'keep track' of their learning and respond to some questions related to topics in the modules.

NOTE: The students should have access to the Slides (and perhaps the Course Guide) as a learning resource. This respects and honours their independence in learning. 

A Note About Extensions

In many of the modules, there are optional EXTENSIONS. These are activities for teachers/students who want to dig deeper or spend additional time on a particular topic.