Peace Tracks

General Info
Ages: 14-18
Winter Session Dates: TBA
Tuition: $700
With guidance from professional musicians, young people ages 14-18 will form bands with overseas counterparts to write and produce an original song and music videos that will be live-streamed in a culminating concert.

Participants in Peace Tracks will gain vital experience communicating, collaborating, and creating with young people from another world region – and make unforgettable personal connections.

No music background or instruments are needed – just openness, hunger for a creative experience, and internet access for a couple of hours each week.

Peace Tracks is a collaborative project between Plugged In and MapWorks Learning.

  • Open to students of all skill levels.
  • Songwriting and music/video editing experience are not necessary.

Students will:

  • Collaboratively write an original song with peers from around the world.
  • Collaboratively create a music video for their original song.
  • Participate in weekly asynchronous programming with additional zoom meetings with their peers from around the world.
  • Learn the critical competencies of global citizenship.
  • Explore and study the world.
  • Gain knowledge of global issues.
  • Learn to communicate ideas thoughtfully and responsibly.
  • Understand and respect the perspectives of other cultures.
  • Collaborate creatively across cultures.
  • Create the change they want to see in the world.

National and international partners for the next round of Peace Tracks include:

Beirut, Lebanon

The Onomatopoeia Music Hub is a Lebanese nonprofit that views music as a tool and language that can be used for the molding of a better society. In addition to contributing to the development of musical skills and culture, Onomatopoeia encourages young people to participate in music-related humanitarian projects. 

Kazakhstan

Nurorda Lyceum is a middle/high school with a mission to form a global community that embodies human values, promote healthy living, constantly improve itself, and is able to solve any problem optimally, by identifying and developing the special abilities of students.

Spectrum International School is an international school with students in grades 1 through 12. Spectrum International School delivers the highest standard of education in Kazakhstan for local and foreign citizens. Their mission is to bring up knowledgeable and well-mannered young people who can contribute peace to the world through mutual understanding and respect. This is achieved in a friendly family atmosphere that nurtures a community feeling where the emotional, physical, creative, and intellectual needs of all children will be met within an international environment. 

Uganda

Galaxy International School of Uganda is a co-educational school that provides international education to students between 2.5 and 19 years of age. From Kindergarten to Year 13 students are taught using student-centered methods with an emphasis on development of the whole person. Their mission is to offer a contemporary approach to academic and holistic education, supported by modern technology in an environment conducive to learning.

Chicago, Illinois

Lindblom Math & Science Academy is one of nine selective-enrollment high schools in the Chicago Public Schools system and draws from all areas of the city. Their mission is to be an inclusive, challenging, and supportive community that empowers students to become compassionate leaders who understand, engage, and impact the world.