Our Program

The Civic Circle’s after-school enrichment program uses music and songwriting to teach seven civic skills that we call “steps to democracy.” Students learn civility (Listen!), news literacy (Learn!), voting (Choose!), voluntarism (Join!), advocacy (Speak!), organizing (Act!), and public service (Lead!), empowering them to exercise civic clout in their schools, communities, nation and world. We also present concerts and assembly shows, and are producing music videos and lesson plans to make our program available to teachers everywhere.

See how The Civic Circle's 'Vote for Me!" Assembly show and workshops meet Maryland education standards for grades K-5.



What people are saying about The Civic Circle programs:

“After seeing your show, my daughter set up an election with her stuffed animals. She created ballots and everything! It clearly made an impression on her.” — Michelle Mosher, Silver Spring educator and parent.

“I liked that you were learning and having fun while watching a show.” — Kate B., Third Grade.

“Lea Morris and Nick Newlin brought civic responsibility alive for my Fourth Grade class through humor, music, and audience participation. The tunes and catch phrases encouraging voting and voice could be heard in the hallway and classroom days after the performance. We need this every year!” — Christine Lewis, Fourth Grade Teacher, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School