“Su Hart has a gift for working with youth. It was wonderful to see our choir so completely engaged, body, spirit and voice, in singing the songs of a culture so far removed from their own. Su provided with an amazing opportunity to come together as a choir in joyful music making. ”
Barbara Prowse (Director – Campbell River Children’s Choir, Canada)
Information about sessions Su might be able to do at your school is listed below. You can also find information at her web site: www.suhart.com
Please let me know if you are interested in having Su visit your school next March, and I will put you in touch with her.
Young Voices of Melbourne
RAINFOREST MUSIC WORKSHOPS BY SU HART
For millennia the Baka have lived deep in the forests in Central Africa surviving through a profound awareness and understanding of their natural world. They find everything they need from the forest around them. Living in a world of natural sounds everyone grows to be good at listening and taking part in music-making. Sharing and co-operation are essential for survival. Today , with the outside world encroaching on their forest, their culture and way of life are under threat.
Su Hart, a trained teacher and singer, has visited the Baka many times since 1992 and has built her first-hand experiences into an input for schools around National curriculum guidelines.
Su has experience running independent workshops in many schools throughout UK, USA and Canada. She has worked extensively with Jenny Mosley Circle Time and Sing-up. She runs a community choir in Bath, UK and tours as a professional singer internationally with Baka Beyond. www.bakabeyond.net/
The workshop sessions have children and teachers actively participating with confidence. Through learning about the life of the Baka they develop their own skills whilst gaining an understanding of the diversity of cultures.
PRIMARY SCHOOL BAKA RAINFOREST WORKSHOP.
The workshop is usually 1 school day in length but can be a half day or an hour assembly
Slide show and/or DVD presentation as an assembly, or whole school presentation (approx. 1 hour with questions) exploring the context of life in the forest; how to find food & medicines, how to build houses. We will learn about myths and religion from first hand stories, illustrated with recordings and objects from the forest.Practical sessionsWhere whole school or large numbers are involved, 3 separate practical sessions can be run in the day (approx. 45-60 students per session). Each group learns different songs, games or dances so that they can perform to each other at the end of the day.Su draws on many aspects of forest music-making to develop listening skills and general musicianship:
- clapping independent rhythms in groups
- call and response songs and chants learned from the Baka children
- co-operative games
- songs with dances (simple forest costumes can be made for the dance)
SECONDARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS
The input can be anything from a 1 hour talk to a whole day.
To be arranged to suit your needs.
Talk, discussion & questions:
Su shares the story of her life with the Baka from a chance introduction through a TV documentary to becoming a lifelong friends of the tribe. By recording and marketing the Baka’s music royalties Through a growing understanding of their way of life, positive and appropriate changes, which the Baka decide for themselves, have been effected.
The talk is illustrated with slides, music, film footage and objects from the forest. Some of the issues touched will be:
- Global Citizenship
- Human Rights
- Appreciation of Diversity
- Sustainable Development
- The Arts in Society
- How we can affect positive outcomes
Making Music Sessions
Focusing on listening and co-operation skills and exercises
- Clapping rhythms independently of other groups
- Call and response chants & songs with separate parts
- Songs with movement and percussion
- Performance skills