The Secret Song is a touching and endearing film offering an immersive view into the final chapter in Doug Goodkin’s 45-year career teaching music to children in San Francisco. In what could have been a celebratory victory lap, the veteran teacher finds his efforts to instill a sense of belonging interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. When their classrooms are shuttered, Goodkin and his students must surmount new adversities and find a way to keep the music playing and the learning going.
An immersive documentary illuminating the triumphant power of music as a tight-knit school community must find new ways to connect, learn and perform during one unforgettable and historic school year in San Francisco.
Samantha Campbell, Director
Samantha is a filmmaker and an environmental advocate. She is the president of The Campbell Foundation, an organization committed to the protection of our natural resources, and a trustee of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Her work is devoted to pursuing and advancing projects that lift up stories of human achievement, the environment, community, and the arts. Samantha lives in San Francisco, California with her two children. She will enthusiastically join any singalong. THE SECRET SONG is her feature film directorial debut.
Doug Goodkin, Educator
Teaching children and adults in some 45 countries for some 45 years, Doug Goodkin is an internationally recognized teacher of Orff Schulwerk. In addition to his long tenure teaching children at The San Francisco School, Doug is the director of the San Francisco International Orff Course, the founder of the Jazz/ Orff Course, Doug Goodkin & the Pentatonics Jazz Band, Pentatonic Press, the SF School Intern Program and a frequent guest teacher at The Orff Institute in Salzburg and in the Orff-Afrique Course in Ghana. He writes a daily blog Confessions of a Traveling Music Teacher and is the author of ten books (most recently Teach Like It’s Music). Doug received the Pro Merito Award from the Orff Foundation in Munich in 2000 and the AOSA Distinguished Service Award in 2018.