ReImagining Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School
Case Study 2
Music has the power to change the world, something Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School music teacher Jonathan Grant firmly believes, so he asked his students to use music to benefit others.
As his students developed, produced, and performed an original benefit concert they learned about collaboration, learning ownership, and how to think big when helping others. This is their story.
Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School’s Jonathan Grant believes in music and its transformational capacity. “Music has the power to change the world,” he states. “Art may be self-expression yet the highest art can profoundly affect the world around us.”
After having been inspired by a visit to Lindisfarne from GDCF president Lee Watanabe-Crockett, Jonathan decided to ignite the passion of creation in his students’ hearts and minds in a project that would also inspire them to serve others. He called it ‘Music Takes Action.’
Their benefit concert project would include collaborating with others who were able to offer unique skills and insights, as well as actively rehearsing, promoting, and finally performing their finished product. All of the Essential Fluencies would end up coming into play in some form or another.
When the time came to finally perform their concert songs after a diligent rehearsal period, the students wowed the crowd—not to mention Jonathan himself. “Students not only achieved the goals set out in the unit but also learned to collaborate, think big and take ownership of their own learning,” he says proudly.
I first learned about the Fluencies a year ago when Lee Crockett came to my school to run a workshop. I was immediately inspired to create unit plans and was thrilled at the possibilities that could eventuate through application of this learning framework.Jonathan Grant