Liam Robinson from the Year 11 Music class writes about the class experience of a songwriting workshop with Tyrone Noonan.
"On 28 August, the Year 11 Music and Year 12 Music Extension students took part in a songwriting workshop with the famed Tyrone Noonan. During the first half with Tyrone, we brainstormed topics and ideas relating to the question, 'What are the most important issues in your world, that affect you and the Indigenous people of this land, that you would like to see changed?'
"Subsequently, we narrowed the answer down to four sub-topics: resilience, recognition, education and the cold, hard truth of the Indigenous Australians. Tyrone and Dr Cole split us into three groups, where during this time we had to create a song from scratch, focusing on one of the sub-topics. At the end of the day, we shared our songs with the class, and everyone was able to see the unique takes that the groups had on the topic. We saw our peers become extremely involved, invested and contribute their own ideas to the group.
"On behalf of everyone involved, I would like to thank Tyrone Noonan for finding time amongst his busy schedule to come to CHAC and spend time with us. I would also like to thank Dr Cole for his hard work with organising and making this workshop a successful and memorable experience."