Nord Anglia Education
Nord Anglia
15 November, 2023

Developing a love for Performing Arts at BSB Sanlitun

Dear BSB Community,

The Performing Arts (PA) is an integral part of the students’ experience in our school. This newsletter highlights the many ways our students show and demonstrate the engagement, great talents and love for the arts of sounds in the Performing Arts lessons.

The Performing Arts Programme develops creativity and encourages students to discover their unique voices, provides unique opportunities to develop the skills, attitudes and attributes our students need for 21st century life, employment, and personal success in ways that other subjects cannot.

As you know, The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme believes that the Performing Arts have an essential part to play in the education of the BSB students.

In KS1, all the students have successfully approached some of the Juilliard Creative Classroom resources. I will take the opportunity to praise all the KS1 students for their lovely in-lesson performances and their great understanding of how several individual musical parts come together to create a single unified piece of music. Through simple and familiar activities, students were able to experiment with new ways of layering the Play Sounds and discovered that they can hear two different kinds of playing/singing, while they can be fast and slow at the same time, or loud and soft.


I am equally proud of the work done by the KS2 students that have been showing a very good level of understanding the music theory. During our PA lessons we were looking closely to the singing techniques and the importance of the voice and reinforced the learning of the most important part of the music – the rhythm.

In Lower KS2, Year 3 sang with confidence a specific Arabic musical interval and danced like Egyptians. They became familiar to the rhythmical patterns that are always played along the vocal music and with great confidence they composed their Ancient Egyptian rhythms.

Year 4 students became familiar to the March music while learning to sing ‘The Roman Roads song’. At the end of the ‘Romans’ Unit they composed rhythmical motifs and played it along to famous musical march music. I am thrilled to discover their vocal abilities and the musical potential while learning and singing about Ostinato, Motifs and Repetition.

In Upper KS2, Year 5s were exposed to Programme Music/Descriptive music by learning about Gustav Holst (a British composer and music teacher) that made the children’s learning about planets more inspirational and creative by composing a descriptive music for each planet known in the universe at the beginning of the 20th century. Inspired by Holst’s suite, Year 5s composed, played, and recorded three musical pieces applying musical ideas like motifs, fade-out, timbres, dynamics, tempo, pitch, musical ensemble, and structure.
In the first part of the Autumn term, Year 6s became familiar to Zoltan Kodály Method. This method includes the use of hand signals during singing exercises to provide a visual aid for the solfa syllables, while the singing of the solfège helps children to explore pitch and rhythms at the same time. The unit about Advanced Rhythms ended with a series of lessons in which students learned and played syncopated rhythms specific to Samba music.


I am looking forward to meeting you all in our future school events and share more about the work of my amazing students and the innovative curriculum that our school offers.



By Cornelia Crainic

Head of Performing Arts