Performing Arts


The study of Music offers a vehicle for personal expression, stimulating creativity and imagination through the interrelated skills of performance and composition, making an important contribution to a student’s creative and emotional growth. It also develops aural literacy and listening skills, essential to all learning. It aims to evoke powerful emotional responses and solicit expressive and creative outcomes.

Music aims to develop feelings and understandings that may not be verbal and are based on aural experiences.

Through the practical engagement in the interrelated activities of performance, composition and listening, students understand better how music is organised and the real contribution that music can make to their lives. As students develop their own musical skills they are able to broaden their musical knowledge, supporting cultural and multicultural learning.

Key Music Skills:

  • Performance skills – controlling sounds through singing and playing.
  • Composing skills – creating and developing musical ideas through their own compositions and through improvising.
  • Appraising skills – Listening to and responding to music they have heard and communicating ideas and feelings about music.
  • Listening skills – applying a knowledge and understanding of how music is created, performed and heard

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To develop an understanding of key drama skills and techniques and how to effectively implement them.

To be able to practically use drama skills and techniques and recognise their effectiveness.

To be able to highlight and assess the effectiveness of drama skills and techniques within others work and professional works of varying levels.

To develop confidence in implementing and performing a variety of drama techniques, skills and styles.

To be able to articulate and demonstrate a variety of styles from different drama origins and for students be able to confidently identify how theatre has changed over time.

To build social skills and character through positive experiences of engagement and interactions that can be implemented within the wider school and future life.

To use drama as a tool to explore social, moral and cultural issues as well as British values and the wider world.

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