HBO’s The Music in Me
Children’s Recitals from Classical to Latin, Jazz to Zydeco
Executive Producer Leslie Stifelman
A show about kids who play from the heart.
HBO asked young musicians from all corners of the US to send in videotapes of the music they play. The joyful result is the Peabody Award Winning THE MUSIC IN ME.
The Music in Me is a documentary which profiles six young musicians, ages 7 to 11, each from a different musical and cultural tradition. What all six of these children share is talent, and a love of music that gives shape and meaning to their childhood.
The children featured in this program come from all over America and range from a 7-year-old African-American zydeco accordion player to a 10-year-old Puerto-Rican-American jazz flutist to an accomplished 11-year-old classical cellist… and much more. While representing a broad diversity of musical styles, social circumstances and cultural influences, together these uplifting stories of young musicians compel us to reflect on the power of music in all our lives.
THE MUSIC IN ME redefines “children’s music” with its charming mix of featured performances and home video clips; it opens our eyes to the surprising range of musical styles that children study and embrace across the country. The program provides a fresh look at the many ways music can have a vital, profound impact on young lives, and reminds us that every child is on a path towards finding his or her own groove.
With verite performances and the stories that surround them, THE MUSIC IN ME celebrates the heart and soul of every young musician and the power of music to make us all feel more alive.