“Thank you for putting my idea on the board! Your music made me feel delighted with joy. I just wanted to say thank you.”
“I liked composing our own song, him playing his banjo for us and having the opportunity for an expert guitar player to come. I look forward to learning harder and more challenging things and hearing him play again next year.” - Susan, 7th Grade
I. MUSIC & LITERATURE (all grades)
Recent examples include: The Tiny Seed, Holes. Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears, Mufarro’s Beautiful Daughter, and Where The Sidewalk Ends, and The Cat in the Hat
II. SONGWRITING FOR SPECIAL EVENTS & TOPICS (all grades) These special events can be Black History Month; to create an official school song; to supplement DARE programs in schools; to celebrate a season; to prevent bullying. One class set the Gettysburg Address to music, another wanted to write a song about arthropods. The sky is the limit! Songs have a particular power of communication. Miles has created dozens of songs with students of all ages.
Here are the words to one song created for Black History Month:
"Do What’s Right"
Stand up for yourself, do you best everyday.
Ruby Bridges prayed for the people
Rosa Parks in Montgomery Alabama where
III. SEE ALSO
Global Voices where Miles connects students across the world.
Send A Song To The President where students share their ideas for a better world.
Students gain confidence for solo performance.
Students sing selection from "Carmen."
In Beirut singing "We Will Build A New World."
Students in Chicago sing "My Favorite Things."