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Our school hosted a specialist from Juilliard Music School

The British School of Tashkent was very privileged to welcome Stephen Dunn on November the 5th and 6th. He visited us to assist in the implementation of our school’s involvement in the Juilliard / Nord Anglia collaboration for Music.

 “Stephen is a curriculum specialist from Juilliard Music School. He has been a trombonist since the age of 8. He has performed in more than 25 countries. Through his continued work with Juilliard and the NY Philharmonic, he is able to share his passion of music with students and audiences of all ages. He has worked with students and teachers at Nord Anglia schools around the globe.”

He attended assemblies in both campuses, and through the trombone, enthused our Primary and EYFS children, engaging them in a variety of activities.

Yujeong Song from Year 12, a trombonist herself, was indeed fortunate to have her own workshop with Mr. Dunn. I’m sure she will remember this valuable session for a long time to come.

Children with November birthdays had the opportunity to try out a trombone! Many children were able to produce a sound after just a few attempts!

Mr. Dunn worked collaboratively with students and teachers in a selection of classes in Years 2,4,5,8 and 9. He also worked with some of our GCSE students. Time permitting, he would have worked with all year groups.

In addition to this, Music and Drama teachers benefitted from some professional development training on the Juilliard Creative Classroom curriculum.

Moving forward, it is hoped that all students up to Year 9 will be introduced to this curriculum over the coming year. This will be implemented as an add-on to what we are already doing in the school.

The Juilliard approach to music education can be summed up by the following quote:

“By using our materials, we hope that your students will become more personally invested in their own artistry while they create, perform, and interpret. And through their discovery-based study of the Core Works, we aim to expand students’ artistic sensitivity, enhancing their own perceptual skills to last a lifetime.”

Later in the current school year, it is hoped that we will benefit from a second Juilliard visit, this time from a Drama curriculum specialist. We look forward to this.

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