Submitted By:Kamaila A. Sanders, The University of Pennsylvania
Grade Level(s):9, 10, 11, 12
Students will begin this lesson by watching a video or listening to audio of an orchestra performance. Then they will be asked to describe the leadership style that is employed by conductors of symphony orchestras. Next they will listen to a podcast about how one conductor chose to do things differently and got rid of the top-down traditional leadership style that is usually employed by music conductors in favor of encouraging his music students to choose the art of possibility. Students will write responses to questions that will display their comprehension of the podcast and discuss Benjamin Zander’s concept of the art of possibility. Finally, students will develop their own mission and vision statements that incorporate the decision to choose possibility as a staple of leadership.