Andrea spent 3 days at BISS Puxi, working collaboratively with staff and students to further develop our Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme.
During her visit, Andrea worked with Year 4 to unpick some of Bach’s melodies in his Cello Suite, No.3, Year 7 were experimenting with incantations and accompaniments as part of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Year 2 also had the opportunity to experiment with intervals and melodic shape whilst Year 6 were using their flute skills to develop their improvising skills.
Andrea also shared her knowledge and experience of designing our online resources with 2 classes, and demonstrated activities involving Chinese notation and extracts from Ambush from 10 Sides, from the core category Music for Ancient Instruments with Year 7, as well as playing some Year 1 student snippets of Ligeti’s 6 Bagatelles for Woodwind Quintet, from the core category Music for Small Ensembles.
It was not only the students who benefitted from this visit as the whole music team had a chance to engage with some professional development and explored different ways of using composition as a vehicle to develop other key skills in our music curriculum.
A true highlight of the week was our first String Showcase, where our string students from Year 1 – 13 performed in a variety of ensembles alongside Andrea. For a full review of this event please see Ms Meehan’s blog post here.
We look forward to welcoming Andrea back for her final visit this year at the end of May.
Charlie Rakowski, Head of Music