Subway Moon provides students with the tools to learn to work as an ensemble while offering and receiving respectful critiques of their work. A community of engagement and support emerges. Students can practice positive risk-taking and appreciate the pursuit of a common goal among a diverse group of individuals.
Subway Moon offers opportunities for students not only to write original material but also to perform it in prominent, professional venues (museums, theaters, concert halls) side-by-side with their peers from other countries. Students are empowered by offering audiences what they receive from teacher-mentors. Students see themselves as content creators capable of inspiring others. The students are from every kind of background and sensitivity: some are at risk with poor academic histories or financial challenges, others are more sophisticated and come from more stable homes. Some have never experienced formal music concerts of any kind in any way; others come with music performance histories on both sides of the proscenium.