A Message from the Director of Music - Beyond the Classroom - Cranbrook School

A Message from the Director of Music - Beyond the Classroom

12 Oct 17 by Luke Gilmour – Director of Music

Does learning just happen within the walls of a traditional classroom?

One of the strengths of a Cranbrook education is what is offered beyond the classroom through our co-curricular offerings. Cranbrook stretches all students to give their best, be that in a drama production, musical ensemble, through service or on the sporting field. Through the co-curricular programme students grow in character, confidence and self-esteem.

With the introduction of the MYP we now also have a framework through the IB Learner Profile which recognises many of the strengths inherently found in co-curricular activities. The IB Learner Profile aims to develop learners who are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Likewise, the opportunity for international tours provides our students with an opportunity to develop an expansive view of the world and build connections with other like-minded students in a different global context.

If I were to put my Music hat on, there are several studies which point to the immediate and long term benefits of learning an instrument, singing and music education. One of the more famous links into the benefits of learning instrument and its effect on the brain is a TED-ED resource developed by Australian researcher Dr Anita Collins -

A summary into international research on music education can be found here: http://musicinaustralia.org.au/index.php?title=Summary_of_International_Research_into_the_Benefits_of_Music_Education These benefits have a broad academic and pastoral impact on our students and community and Music forms one of the core strands of our co-curricular offerings.

Over the next few weeks, several of our key co-curricular leaders will provide insight into their areas through the Cranbrook Link – the Arts, Service, Sport, Duke of Edinburgh and Debating. I encourage all parents and boys to explore learning beyond the classroom and look forward to sharing with my colleagues our insights over the next few weeks.