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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.”  
   - Elisabeth Millard, Consul General, Morocco

 

“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

 


The music component of the
Global Voices Initiative seeks to create musical exchanges with US students and those in other countries.  The premise is to sidestep language barriers that separate cultures and join them together through the true universal language of music.   

 

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.   


2010-2014 School Year Statistics

Over 2000 student participants, aged 7-18


Over 30 teacher participants  


6 Countries:  

United States, Morocco, Lebanon, Ireland, Italy, England

Illinois cities:  Chicago, Niles, Lincolnwood 

Cities outside US:  Beirut, Casablanca, Dublin, Milan, Manchester

 

Participating Schools and Organizations
Rutledge Hall, LIncolnwood IL

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

Kilternan School of Music, Dublin

 

More Information

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
 

Miles speaks in Morocco with Arabic translation


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.