Docs:

The Music Lesson

in association with:
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Director / Producer:

Ginny Galloway

Executive Producer:

Joe Berlinger

Co-Executive Producers:

Mike Bonfiglio, Pamela Gwaltney

Producers:

Nancy Swenton, Orlando Jones

Editors:

Mary Anne Van Wagner, Tom Donahue, Allison Raskind, Duncan Bridgeman

Associate Producers:

Katie O'Conor,
Federico Cortese

Locations:

Boston, MA and Laikipia, Kenya
  • Edith Lando Peace Prize, Reel2Reel International FIlm Festival For Youth
  • Official Selection - Canberra International FIlm Festival
  • Final Cut Award - Lake Havasu FIlm Festival Award
  • World Premiere - Santa Barbara International FIlm Festival
  • Best North American Documentary - Women'sInternational FIlm & Arts Festival

  • Edith Lando Peace Prize, Reel2Reel International FIlm Festival For Youth
  • Official Selection - Canberra International FIlm Festival
  • Final Cut Award - Lake Havasu FIlm Festival Award
  • WCFF Napa-Sonama Wine Country FIlm Festival 2010 Award

Synopsis:

The Music Lesson tells the story of two groups of young people from extraordinarily different backgrounds as they use the power of music to discover each other's worlds.

Ten classically trained students from the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra traveled across the world for a life-changing cultural exchange with a group of students from Laikipia, Kenya, whose tribal elders have passed down the tradition of singing, dancing, and playing music for centuries.



"A masterful blend of artistic expression and uncompromising truth"

Oliver W. Ottley, III, Musician & Writer



"The Music Lesson demonstrates the power of experiential learning to enrich and transform lives."

Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA)



"Music is a universal language, they say. But is it? We wanted to find out and the results stirred our soul."

Corbin Gwaltney, Chairman, The Chronicle of Higher Education