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Ayanna Witter-Johnson/Education /Is your child a creative genius?


Is your child a creative genius?

So, just to set the record straight. There’s no way I’d be missing my morning hot yoga, unless there’s a seriously good excuse. Fortunately I have one, so there 🙂 And the excuse is that I’ve invited by Kent Music to work with a handful of young musicians and create music for a special collaboration with some young dancers who will be under the expert guidance of Vinicius Salles an extraordinary choreographer for the Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company.

I was like hec yeah! when they asked me. What an amazing opportunity. So what with all the album stuff going on, the truth is that I hadn’t had a moment to even think about it until today in the room with the young people, looking at me like ‘so what’s the plan?’ Errr…

I closed my eyes, sent a split-second prayer up to the Gods of Inspiration and they showered me with a torrent of ideas and the next 3 hours were deep! 15 minutes of music by lunchtime and that was only the start.* But what I really want to share with you is what I’ve been thinking all day, which is….

‘Do the parents of these children know how genius they are?’

Honestly, some of the ideas today, the collaborative work, the improvisation. How can you know this about your child unless they find themselves in a very particular situation. So here’s what I’ve deduced so that you can determine if your child is a creative genius:

  1. Keep an eye out for interesting workshops that reflect their interests (particularly in the school holidays when the workshops are more likely to be of a concentrated and more intense nature).
  2. Sign them up!
  3. Take an interest in their progress. Ask questions and encourage them to remain close to the edge of their comfort zones. It’s all a great adventure!
  4. Repeat steps 1-3.

Now where to find these workshops? Yeah, I know. If you don’t know, how can you get to know? Well, I propose we start leaving comments below and get the convo going. I’m happy to impart all the knowledge I have and help you search for more. Ask me. I’m inspired and want to make sure that more young people get the opportunities that I’m witnessing first hand!

Off my soapbox now, so if you liked this post or it made you feel inspired, then here are two ways that you can feel even better! 🙂

  1. Leave a comment in the comment section below. I’d love to continue the conversation.
  2. Share it with your friends on Facebook (Ayanna Witter-Johnson) or Twitter (@AyannaWJ)

And I look forward to seeing you in the next blog post.

Love, light and yoga!

Ayanna x


*By the way, 15 minutes of music is a LOT for group of young musicians who have never met before!

Written By: Ayanna Witter-Johnson

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