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Future Music Educators

Uniting Voices Chicago’s Future Music Educators (FME) Program supports the academic, professional development and future success of music education students and career teachers who reflect the diversity of America and the Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly Chicago Children's Choir) community.

A year-long paid mentorship provides training on culturally responsive, empowering, and sustaining teaching practices to a broad group of diverse educators. This program changes the lives of future music educators through accessible, resonant and meaningful learning experiences led by teachers with excellence, expertise and shared lived experience. The FME program aims to uplift educators of color and create strong allies by expanding diversity in music education.

About the Program

In this year-long paid program, a cohort of mentees glean insight into culturally responsive pedagogical practices through the experience of Uniting Voices Chicago’s unique methodology. Music educators have opportunities for observation, guest instruction of Uniting Voices Chicago ensembles, sharing sessions with their peers, and direct guidance from Uniting Voices Chicago's experienced faculty.

Program Details

  • Yearlong mentorship program
  • Cohort of 8-10 participants
  • Current college students may apply
  • Annual stipend available
  • Participation is not limited to Chicago

Program Commitment

  • Monthly meetings with Uniting Voices staff and cohort to build community
  • Observation of school and community-based programs in urban settings
  • Workshops with culture bearers on music education best practices
  • Participation in at least two pillar events in Chicago

Become a Future Music Educator

Do you want to lead the charge for greater diversity in music education? Apply to the Future Music Educators program today, and you can shape the leading voices of tomorrow.

Mentees for the 2023-24 cohort have been selected. Thank you to everyone who applied!

Application components

  • Demographic survey
  • Written essay or video


  • Applications for the 2024-25 cohort will open in December 2023!
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Save the Date!

Next summer, Uniting Voices Chicago will host We All Live Here: A Summit for Equity in Choral Education from July 17-19 2024. More details will be announced soon!

Meet our Future Music Educators

Cohort Connections

Watch how our Future Music Educators teach and interact with their students, while learning the ins-and-outs of inclusive pedagogy from their Uniting Voices Chicago mentors.

Julian Goods quote

Being a part of the FME cohort means so much to me. To be able to talk to colleagues and friends who look like you and have similar experiences is so great, but often hard to find. During our time together we talk about different field related issues, we share resources and ideas, and grow together. Being able to learn from the incredible [Uniting Voices Chicago] staff is so rewarding. This program is so important to have as there are very few spaces for Black music educators on the rise, despite there being such a need.

Julian Goods University of Michigan, MM ‘21