Global Voices: Music
“Over 8 days, in 5 different cities, Michael Miles interacted with over 2000 Moroccans through workshops and public events, most them young students who had never met an American. For those 2000 people Miles was the face of America. Musicians like Michael MIles are among the best Ambassadors that the United States can have.”
“We have read your email and we are thrilled by your ideas! We are ready to start planning together and sharing more ideas. Having students of different cultures in both your and our school will be a very important attribute. Maybe it will be a good idea to modulate a western piece into the oriental maqam, what do you think?”
- Lara Molaeb, Music Teacher, Lebanon
This is accomplished through email exchanges, pre-recorded video exchanges and live Skype exchange as a culminating event. The students learn about the each others countries and have the truly exciting experience of musical exchanges with students of similar ages in countries and cultures thousands of miles away. No ability to speak each other’s languages is required to share music.
720 student participants, aged 7-18
23 teacher participants
3 countries: US, Morocco, Lebanon
3 Illinois cities: Chicago, Niles, Lincolnwood
2 cities outside US: Beirut, Casablanca
Participating Schools and Organizations
Passages Charter School, Chicago IL
Murphy School, Chicago IL
Niles North High School, Skokie IL
Wellspring Learning Community, Beirut
Riad School, Casablanca, Morocco
American University in Beirut
Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL
This is a not-for-profit organization. Please contact Michael Miles directly for more information about the music component of the Global Voices Initiative.
Michael MIles with student performance in Beirut.
Chicago students send greetings to Morocco
Highlights of live Skype exchange between Niles North HS, near Chicago and Riad School in Morocco.
Students from Murphy School in Chicago sing for their new friends in Morocco.