History

Victor Cockburn and Judith Steinbergh, 1981

Victor Cockburn and Judith Steinbergh, 1981

Teaching Artists Victor Cockburn and Judith Steinbergh founded Troubadour, Inc. in 1981.

In 1983, Troubadour incorporated as a nonprofit, tax-exempt, arts education organization.

For over thirty years, our experienced Teaching Artists have worked with thousands of grades PreK-8 students and their teachers in more than 50 urban, suburban and rural Massachusetts communities.

Our programs and activities include School Partnerships, Writers’ Residencies and Professional Development Workshops; creating and publishing multicultural curricula to support literacy and the arts in the classroom; research into how the literary and musical arts affect children’s learning; and mentoring emerging Teaching Artists.

Troubadour has:

  • Served more than 175,000 teachers and students in more than 50 Massachusetts school districts since 1981.
  • Contributed to increases of up to 22 percentage points over three years in MCAS scores on English Language Arts exams.*
  • Been selected as a Creative Teaching Partner by the Massachusetts Cultural Council
    Photo by Cary Wolinsky

    Photo by Cary Wolinsky

    and as a member of Hunt Alternatives Fund’s ARTWorks for Kids Coalition and Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities.

  • Received Parents’ Choice Awards for our CD curriculum resources Where I Come From: Songs and Poems from Many Cultures andĀ Get Ready for Boston: Songs, Poems and Stories about Boston and ItsĀ Neighborhoods.
  • Composed and produced audio recordings of curriculum materials in English, Spanish and other languages for Major Educational Publishers, such as Scholastic, MacMillan, Hampton-Brown, Jostens Learning, Harcourt-Brace, Silver Burdett Ginn and Curriculum Associates.

*Represents percentage point increase by grade level 3-5 over 3 years in the number of Taylor School students scoring in the Advanced and Proficient categories.

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