About the Artistic Teaching Partner

Artist Statement

In the ‘Musical Teamwork Residency, I facilitate a ‘hands on” musical experience in the classroom where children learn to play a variety of percussion instruments with the theme of ‘unity through diversity’. They will learn basic elements of music, cultural songs and rhythms and will apply the GLO’s in a percussion ensemble. They will improvise ‘in-the-moment’ music and will create rhythms using vocabulary from their classroom curriculum. In addition, grades 2nd -12th will create and perform rhythms in teams and then turn these rhythms into classroom compositions. Kindergarten and 1st grades will explore composition through music and dance activities. Children will emerge from this residency with a sense of accomplishment as a musician and as a positive community contributor with a deepened sense of respect and appreciation for each other.

Artist Biography

Margie Heart performs & teaches music on Maui since 1985. She has performed regularly on guitar and vocals at the Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Westin and Hyatt Hotels, among others from solo to full band with Espresso, one of Hawaii’s premier corporate dance bands. As a seasoned percussionist and conguera, she is a member of the Drum Circle Facilitator’s Guild and is featured on the cover of her mentor, Arthur Hull’s book, “Drum Circle Facilitation, Building Community Through Rhythm, she has led rhythm circles for Hospice, Nike, the NFL, The Hawaii Tourism Authority, The Lobby Group with Mickey Hart from the Grateful Dead, the MACC, DOE and many others. She has been teaching her musical teamwork residency in Maui’s 4 upcountry elementary schools for over 15 years and before that taught with the Maui Dance Council for 20 years.


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About the Artistic Teaching Partner Roster

The Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster is an adjudicated directory of Hawai‘i professional teaching artists qualified to conduct in-depth residencies in educational settings. Each artist or arts organization has a page in the directory with contact information, a short bio, and an artist statement. The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts draws from this roster for arts education programs including Art Bento at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum and Artists in the Schools.