AN OPEN Invitation To Your School Students To Present
A Select Culture From Your Country,
A Representative Musical Composition from that Culture
To An International Audience of Students, Teachers, Music Professionals and Government and UNESCO World Heritage Officials
And Join Our Multi-Year Cultures Through Music Education Program Series
MUSIC FROM SPACESHIP EARTH™
Cultural Histories of the World Through Music™
Please join us and OPEN schools on November 19th and 20th, 2020, when OPEN will feature student presentations on the local music, cultures, sounds of nature and histories from each OPEN country.
Over the course of two days, OPEN schools from at least seven countries through Zoom videoconferencing will present one or a sample mix of music of their local country, exploring the music forms and the cultures that created that music genre or style.
Student presentations on their chosen culture and its music will tell the histories of each country through the musical instruments invented there, the evolution of the music through history, the catalog of music, the influences that shaped that music, and how local songs, traditions and styles influenced others.
During the two days of Zoom meet-up sessions, one or a few representative school groups from each country will give a short introduction, providing background about their chosen local music culture, and if time performing or playing a representative composition, the time and “story” it reveals, and the “local” sounds of nature they have integrated into their presentation and composition.
Depending on time zone reach, students and possibly famous local artists joining them will then play their short song performance to OPEN’s international audience, either live or via their pre-recorded session.
Liberia will host both inaugural Zoom videoconference hour and a half events.
Information on the exact times of the events for each of your time zones will be forthcoming soon.
Part culture and history through the lens of music, part performance, and part students performing in virtual ensembles across borders , our Cultural Histories of the World Through Music will be a fun and educational journey for your students and teachers.
President George Weah of Liberia recently wrote and sang a song about coming together as a nation to fight Corona!
November 19th and 20th Events Program Format:
This will be a global first - Students teaching other students around the world local cultural histories and national histories through music. And on November 19th, Liberia gets to take the stage as our premier host for our launch programs. Goanbei Zeyoe OPEN’s partner from Brand Liberia and George Newman of OPEN will co-MC the inaugural event.
After a short program introduction from George Newman of OPEN, and possibly a few Liberian Government Officials and Sponsors, Mr. Zeyoe, will introduce the first of three Liberian student presenters and performers. Students will then acknowledge and address the other country participants, who will in round robin fashion present their music history segments and their student musical compositions. Depending on time zone reach some countries may have to pre-record and OPEN will play their segments to the “live”audience.
Select Countries of Focus and The Ongoing Culture Through Music Series
Each country will have their turn throughout the school year like Liberia to host upcoming Zoom live events. And, in the spring of 2021 Liberia will be the first country of OPEN school network to host and present a countrywide music and cultural heritage festival. After Liberia, each country will have a turn at hosting and presenting their own music festival and cultural heritage live program! Stay tuned!
Through this new OPEN “cultures through music” global education program your students will learn about indigenous cultures from around the world through their music, music histories and the stories they tell about each unique culture and the land on which they lived. Music will be the medium to tell those stories of the lands and peoples from the far corners of the world.
This new OPEN program is being designed as a new way to learn the histories of others as well as your own local history, while simultaneously performing and sharing your culture's music with your fellow students, music scholars, and artists around the world. Through this series we will all learn much about each other and the music that stirs our hearts, our minds, and our souls.
During the course of this multi-year program, your students will hear from music superstars, music scholars, music technologists, music producers, publicists, managers, and renowned local historians and indigenous leaders. Your students will continually research your own country's various cultures and their histories, as told through song and later other art forms, while also learning about the evolution of the music industry and instruments.
They will then have ongoing opportunities to teach their fellow students internationally taking turns presenting to one another through "Live" OPEN International distance learning performance and storytelling events, and via digital recordings, all of which OPEN will archive for the enjoyment and historical research of future cultures that will follow us.
Music and the arts have consistently provided our world with a creative outlet for expressing the human condition while simultaneously documenting the passage of time. The imaginative evolution of the creative arts has always been central to the process of expressing and performing, now with online virtual ensembles and performances coming into their own as a legitimate and exciting new forms of musical expression.
Music Meets History Meets Culture Meets Nature
OPEN Global education programs are all about sustainable community development with the students of OPEN leading the way applying their studies to real world problems, such as the restoration of the natural environment, destroyed by centuries of careless human development. Sequestered away in our cities many of us are cut off from nature, and have lost touch with the natural world, which sustains us all.
That is why our new music program will integrate this ethic of "listening once again to the sounds and stories" that the wilderness areas and the creatures that inhabit great outdoors have to teach us. So for their inaugural performances on November 19 and 20th students will work to integrate sounds of nature from their local country outdoor environments and even sounds of city greens and parks into their musical performances. It is up to the students how that will play into their presentations and performances.
OPEN History and Why Now?
OPEN was among the early pioneers with live interactive video musical performances over 25 years ago, producing programs with famous groundbreaking music artists, like Little Richard and Graham Nash pushing the boundaries of the new videoconference technology to teach that American musical history of Rock 'n Roll to a young students, initially in the USA. Graham Nash also pioneered the use of the medium for storytelling and distance songwriting with his band-mate, David Crosby.
Graham Nash – Wind on the Water
Transcontinental Jam - 1996
Save Me! Song Music Video - by Michelle Menya & Classmates - Nairobi, Kenya - OPEN Program
Save the Black Rhino and African Elephant
Though the intervening years OPEN has periodically integrated music into its global STEM community focused education programs, as is shown through this student created video and songs written by two talented sisters in Nairobi, Kenya.
Michelle and Gabbi Menya -
Singer Songwriters - "Save Me!" - Student Work - Phase I - Save the African Rhino and Elephant
Little Richard – Distance Learning Classroom - A Rock & Roll History Lesson from the Music Legend - 1995
Since then of course the technologies have advanced and the costs dramatically decreased. This year with the sudden advent of Covid-19, it has pushed artists and educators to rapidly and radically adjust to these underutilized online technologies, finding new and sometimes innovative ways of doing their work. In turn this is bringing about further technological advancements, while actually keeping us safe from the spread of the pandemic while artists are continuing to perform and teachers to teach.
This has thus opened up new avenues for musical and cultural expression for our young students, to learn more deeply about their cultural roots through the history of music and musical instruments of their lands. And in performing virtual cross cultural music and presentations to other students worldwide through Music From Spaceship Earth™, students can adhere to recommended guidelines of safe distancing during performances and exchanges while further advancing their education, music, and presentation skills.
Music From Spaceship Earth – Cultural Histories of the World Through Music™ Multi-Year Education Program
Students enrolled in this music education series will learn first-hand about the diverse cultures of the world through the local music forms, music histories, musical heroes, and the local inventions and adaptions of musical instruments.
Following an OPEN music, musical instruments and culture research curricula template, primary-secondary level students from schools in each country will be conducting ongoing research to correlate the music, the artists and their performances, lyrics and instruments to actual historical events that “played out” via the social commentary of songwriters, composers, in performance halls or on the streets, via radio, television, the Internet, or personal recordings.
Through a regular series of live OPEN managed Zoom events, students from each country will have continuing opportunities throughout the year to present “live”, or via recordings, all to be catalogued by country in an OPEN cross-cultural music heritage program repository.
As noted a few times a year going forward, a new country will take center stage as host and main presenter for a live global music and music history education event. During those events, the other countries may also choose to have a scholar present or a professional musician from their country perform and teach students from schools that join our global network. Guest lecturers will be invited throughout the year to present to your students.
Students will also have numerous opportunities to share their musical and cultural knowledge on OPEN online forums with other students in the program, and with international scholars and music professionals and superstars. We are setting-up an initial OPEN Edmodo collaborative forum soon for Music from Spaceship Earth™ program series. Music lessons and programs led by Allan Molnar and his team of global music educators will also be offered to each participating OPEN country.
Cross-cultural music jams between student bands and cross-border co-songwriting will be fully encouraged and highlighted in future live and recorded events. Students will be given numerous opportunities collaborate with one another across borders and cultures to together create their own unique brands and blendings of music from diverse cultures from all corners of our planet.
The door is wide OPEN for other cultures and countries to join, and we will also invite and specially highlight music and histories of indigenous cultures and first peoples so the network of OPEN students from around the world can hear their stories and histories, and unique forms of music described and played by elders and community musicians and scholars.
Part local cultural history research, part student and professionals’ performances – we are creating a unique global music education and cultural exchange program for the online world.