Send A Song To
"I commend you for your hard work as an educator and send my best wishes." - President Bill Clinton
"It is comforting to know that the future of our nation is in the hands of such inspired young people. Thank you Michael Miles." - President Jimmy Carter
"We are encouraged knowing we have your support."
Miles’ song, “If I Were The President,” is designed as a collaborative work that makes room for student ideas. Students answer the question, “If you were the president of the United States, what would you do to make the world a better place.” Student ideas are then inserted to the song and sent to the president.
PHILOSOPHY AND INTENT
Miles’ goal is to further awaken the political voices of the students--to let them know that no matter how old they are, their opinions really matter. The president (Republican or Democrat) needs and wants to hear from them. America is a great country because we can freely share our opinions with one another, and sometimes disagree out loud.
This project be can be accomplished with entire schools or individual classrooms.
4. This can be done quickly (1 hour) or extended with class discussions of current events and and actual letter writing.
HISTORY OF PROJECT
(Above: Video from Chicago sent to President Bush in 2008)
(Above: Rehearsing song with Chicago students, 2011)
(Above: Performance video of students in UK, 2011)