Session Abstract: Students need to feel cared for and connected before they can learn in choral classrooms. To flourish, students need to feel seen, accepted, and empowered. By embedding social emotional learning into ensemble singing, students can gain key competencies relating to identity, belonging, and agency. In this session, I build on the work of Edgar (2017) to show how choral music classrooms are uniquely suited to help students develop socially and emotionally through music-making. These learnings can be strategically planned and measured with outcomes that allow for the growth of the whole person through engagement in the art of choral singing.