Performing Arts

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Introduction

All students at Moira House Girls School have access to specialist music, drama and dance teaching from Pre-Prep through to Sixth Form.

In Music and Drama, schemes of work are designed to develop musicianship, expressive and creative thinking, performing and composing skills alongside an awareness of music and drama from both a western traditional and multicultural standpoint.

Music and drama are delivered through both the curriculum and activities programme throughout the school. In pre, lower and upper prep singing is encouraged and we sing in every music lesson alongside the curriculum work. Students are all given opportunities to perform in classroom concerts, assemblies and school recital evenings and concerts throughout the year. Throughout their time in the prep school our students are given opportunities through the curriculum to play the recorder, trumpet, ukulele, percussion instruments and develop basic keyboard skills.

In Drama, students explore various forms of performance and communication. High quality work is produced all year round and there are many opportunities for the whole school to celebrate dramatic performance.

There are many school productions staged throughout the academic year. These range from large-scale musicals and ‘straight’ plays performed at the Devonshire Park Theatre or Swan Hall to the more intimate productions performed in our own studio. Students are able to involve themselves as performers, lighting or sound assistants, stage management or as members of a design team. Plays are usually divided into key stage groups but there is a Pyramid House Festival every September in which all years groups work together to produce a performance arts based production.

Students can further develop their acting and presentation skills through the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) lessons with a specialist teacher. These lessons take place during the school day and run for thirty minutes.

Musical Theatre classes are offered to all students throughout the school’s activity programme. Elite Musical Theatre exam classes are offered in the evenings to allow students to work towards their Trinity College of London theatre exams and develop their ‘triple threat’ performance skills (singing, dancing and acting). Students are involved in various performances throughout the school year both in and outside of school.

Dance training is offered through many activities, specialist private and group lessons. Imperial Classical Ballet and Modern syllabus classes taught by a specialist teacher give students the opportunity to work towards graded exams with the ISTD examinations board. Tap and Jazz dancing are also offered in activities and private lessons.

In the senior school and sixth forms students can follow GCSE and A Level Music, Drama and Dance courses and all students are expected to continue developing their practical skills both in class and through the many music dance and drama activities that run across the whole school. We also offer an exciting National Level 3 Extended Certificate BTEC Performing Arts programme for six formers. This qualification offers a vocation approach to working in the Performing Arts and it carries the same weight and UCAS points as an A Level.

We have a vast range of weekly activities and also run an exciting programme of evening activities under the banner: ‘The School of Music and Performing Arts.’

In these classes students have access to the following supervised activities:
  • Musical Theatre Performance and Exam Classes
  • Supervised Practice and Performance Technique
  • Music Theory and Aural
Students can use these classes to enhance their learning experience and progress towards examinations.

On Friday evenings we use the time for rehearsing the current school production. In short, we have a wonderful time working with an incredible array of talented students. We pride ourselves on the happy, positive working relationships in our school and in our faculty as we offer an enormous range of learning and performing opportunities to our girls. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information.


Mr Adrian Cooper 
Head of Visual & Performing Arts Faculty

Mr Joe Sharp 
Head of Music

Mr Ken Lawrence 
Head of Drama