My husband Andrew and I recently had the opportunity to share kirtan from the Hindu tradition with a sixth grade World Cultures class at a private middle school here in Bozeman, MT. Headwaters Academy describes itself as an independent middle school focusing on “developing students who possess great independence, strong self-advocacy, good decision making skills, and a solid set of personal values”. The school is located in very close proximity to Montana State University and takes advantage of many of the facilities and resources available. Learn more at headwatersacademy.org.
We’ve had four of our kids at HWA for some or all of their middle school years. At present our youngest son is a rising eight grader. It’s a small school with no more than sixteen students per grade. Lots of personal attention, high academic standards, and a tight knit social community.
The World Cultures class has been studying India recently and asked us to come and share some music and the associated stories. It was great fun to talk about the “superheroes” of Indian lore such as Hanuman (the monkey-faced god) and Ganesha (the elephant-headed god).
We did a few chants and invited the students to come and try out the harmonium and the udu drum. Looking forward another year at HWA beginning this fall!