Prior to the start of each Secrets of the Heart Residency program we meet with parents of students participating in the program to talk with them about what their children are learning during the Secrets of the Heart. Parents are introduced to family art project. Each parent receives a poster on which they will create their own “dream vision board,” which we be displayed at culmination. Each board represents the conversations and exchange that took place at home during the program about their dreams and how they can use the Secrets of the Heart to achieve their dreams.
Up to 75 teachers are offered specific tools and instructional tasks to merge the value of our curriculum in arts learning with social and cultural understanding.
In this one-hour workshop, participants learn a Liberian folk song taught in the languages of Liberia and Yoruba, spoken in Nigeria and areas of West Africa. They also learn its presentation in dance. They learn its meaning and history and then how they can utilize clapping and rhythm and the creation of a song as teaching tools. Both dance and music are conducted to the live rhythm of African drumming.
Teachers learn sign language for the Secrets of the Heart and additional tools which promote creativity in the classroom.
Teachers receive resources and those with classes participating in the residency receive curriculum materials, children’s journals, accompanying story books with music, in a short meeting after the workshop.
Prior to the beginning of the residency, participating teachers receive a set of hardcover Young Masters Little Wisdom books and music to use in classroom as support to the workshops and a printed journal for each child.
Our opening interactive performance engages children with the idea that they are all Young Masters, for they are born with very special gifts called the “Secrets Of The Heart.” Saphinne, Bunny, Anindo and Flute lead them on a magical, musical journey of original song and dance to discover the “secrets” and reveal the heart-shaped wishes they’ve placed on the Friendship Tree, which will later be planted at our closing celebration. Children also learn ASL sign language for the Secrets of the Heart – friendship and a smile, kindness, imagination and being thankful.
The same four high caliber professional artists who perform in the opening performance will teach workshops.
Music – Friendship and a smile
Our music artist, uses music and songwriting to the teach children about friendship and a smile, as they explore the “friendship seed,” learn language arts, geography, the elements of a song and how it’s constructed, as they create their own class song about friendship. Children learn the history of the ukulele, about Hawaii and the ASL sign language for friendship and a smile.
Children receive a professionally recorded CD of their song.
Dance – Kindness
Our dance artist teaches the children about kindness as they learn to express through dance and body movement. Dance is talking with your body. They learn where Africa is, a Liberian folk song and dance about welcome and the importance of showing kindness to people around them.
Theatre Arts / Storytelling – Imagination
Our theatre arts professional, from the Secrets of the Heart performance, teaches the power of imagination through her workshops in theatre arts and storytelling as the children learn to step into a Diego Rivera painting and observe their surroundings, feel, smell, touch, listen and then create their own original story about the painting. They discover Mexico as the home of Diego Rivera and learn they each have their own story to tell.
Visual Arts – Gratitude
There is art that you can see, art that you can hear and art that you can wear. Professional flutist, “Flute” from our performance leads the workshop in visual arts and music as the children learn about hats and head dresses from around the world and then create their own Young Master headdresses decorated with things for which they are grateful. They learn line, color and design, and hear melodies and improvisations performed on the flute, as rhythms and music are cleverly woven into the visual arts lessons.
Culmination and Planting The Friendship Tree
Vision boards line the walls of the auditorium. The entire cast, parents, teachers and children join together for a celebration of the culmination of our program.
Each class performs the song they have written, the dance they have learned, the story they have created and the beautiful headdresses they have designed. We then we have a musical procession to the site where the Friendship Tree is dedicated as a place to make new friends and resolve differences.
- Following the completion of the Secrets of the Heart Residency, we offer the
Passport To The Heart, the Secrets of The Heart Continuation Program.
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