In and beyond the classroom

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In the classroom, students have specialist Music and Drama teaching across the whole School. Through weekly lessons students learn the language, theory and concepts through a range of practical and academic tasks. Once the students reach Key Stage 4 and beyond they have access to GCSE and AS/A Level courses that will prepare them for further advanced study of their chosen subject.

Beyond the classroom the possibilities are endless. For those who wish to pursue the learning of an instrument or improve their speech and drama skills we offer individual weekly lessons in all manner of instruments and LAMDA lessons. Students can work towards grade exams in LAMDA (Speech and Drama), ABRSM and Trinity (instrumental and voice).

Students are offered an extensive programme of activities that run over lunchtimes. In Music and Drama alone there are currently 24 weekly activities on offer that vary from Music Studio Techniques to School Productions. We are working again this year with Mr Jeremy James Taylor OBE. Mr Taylor is a theatre director who co-founded the National Youth Music Theatre and works regularly in the professional theatre as a director all over the world. He will be directing Bugsy Malone which we will present in Swann Hall later this year. We also plan regular trips to see concerts and shows both locally and further afield throughout the year for all girls.

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

The Faculty runs a wide range of musical, dance and drama activities including the chance to take part in various musical productions throughout the year. The activities are run during the activities slot from 1.10- 2.00 (Pre/Lower Prep) and 2.00 – 3.00 (Upper Prep/Seniors). In addition some classes run as part of the School of Music and Performing Arts evening programme.
The main activities on offer for 2016-17 are as follows:

CHOIRS
Lower Prep Choir
Cantabile
Chamber Choir
Vocis
Italy Choir

MUSIC / DANCE/ DRAMA ACTIVITIES
Pre Prep – reception, years 1-2
KS1 Music Club
Musical Theatre

Lower Prep – years 3 – 5
Musical Theatre
Junior Players
Recorders and Ukulele clu

Upper Prep – years 6 – 8
Theory
Orchestra (by invitation)
Wind Band
Upper Prep Players
Ukuleles
Elite Dance
Dance
Musical Theatre

Senior – Years 9 – 13
Theory
Orchestra (by invitation)
Wind Band
Ukuleles
Elite Dance
Composition Workshop
Dance
Open Studio
Musical Theatre