The 2021 Humanity’s Child
Music Video Project


An Educational Experience for
Aspiring Musical Theater and Video Performers


 Students Currently Attending
Secondary or College Level Programs
and Their Chosen Adult Sponsor

The 2021 Humanity’s Child Music Video Project is sponsored by The Peaceful Educator, a 501c3 Non-Profit Educational Foundation. It offers opportunities for students ages 14 to 20, currently attending secondary or college level programs that include the performing arts, to participate in the development of an actual “Broadway Musical” under the guidance of Composer/Educator, Dr. John McDonnell Tierney, PhD. And, it offers opportunities for invited adult sponsors (chosen by the students from among trusted parents, caregivers, teachers and others) to serve as supporters, cheerleaders, and when necessary, managers helping to keep young people on track and on task. 




This project is based on cognitive apprentice models where an Apprentice/Protégé works with a Master/Mentor on the authentic activities of a particular domain, in this case Musical Theater.


This is a 4-6 week Mentorship with Dr. John McDonnell Tierney, PhD, and may be begun at any time thru December 31st (based on Dr. T’s availability). Once begun, Protégés must meet on-gong benchmarks for progress and complete the project within the allotted timeframe.


Applications may be submitted at any time; however slots are filled as qualified applicants are accepted. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible. This is not a competition; it is more a “first come/first served” situation.


ATTENTION STUDENTS UNDER AGE 18: If you are under the age of 18, your parent or legal guardian must send me an email acknowledging that they know you are appplying to this program and you will working with Dr.T. on-line and that they will be aware of  email communications. (This is about your safety.)


There are no fees for participation in this project. We do, however, upon acceptance require a $100.00 deposit as a token of good faith by applicants and their sponsors. This deposit is refunded in full at the completion of the student’s project. Participants who withdraw within the first 14 days may request a full refund after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.



The Peaceful Educator, sponsor of The 2021 Humanity’s Child Music Video Project, is a private non-profit Foundation and, as such, does not award academic credit for participation in sponsored projects. That said, we encourage participants to negotiate with their school officials for independent study credits that may be applicable to completing a diploma or degree program. See Guidelines for additional information.




This is a three way partnership involving the student protge, the adult sponsor and Dr. Tierney serving as a mentor to project participants. The responsibilities of each are as follows:



Follow the Project Guidelines and complete the project having met established benchmarks.



Monitor the progress of the participant helping to keep on task, to meet established benchmarks and timelines, to access needed resources and technologies, to offer guidance where sponsors have expertise, and, in general, to support participants.



Humanity’s Child Composer/Playwright John McDonnell Tierney, aka “Dr.T.,” has mentored literally hundreds of aspiring performers throughout his more than fifty-years in practice. If you are selected to participate in this project, it’s important that you understand up front what “working with Dr.T.” involves. You might think of this as kind of an apprenticeship where you get to participate in the authentic work of professional musical theater while at the same time doing so under the guidance of a mentor and in the relative safety of an on-line relationship.




While  Dr. Tierney begins every relationship believing that “his kids” will actually do what they say they will do, decades of experience have taught him that he is often disappointed. And so, please understand that once we commence work, if you do not meet benchmarks and timelines, you would regretfully be dropped from the project. Dr.T. gives his time willingly, but only to young people who are equally willing and able to see the project through.



Be advised that the copyright for the music and any video product it appears in is held by and remains exclusively with the composer. That said, you will retain the right to use the video for your own purposes and professional development. You may not, however, sell videos containing these  songs.

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