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Regional Training for Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme at St Andrews

Over the weekend our music team got together with their Nord Anglia colleagues from around the SEA region and our Juilliard Curriculum specialists as St Andrews hosted the Juilliard-Nord Anglia music training event for this year. This was a wonderful opportunity to work together in further developing our special collaboration with Juilliard.

Across the 3 days of training, several key themes were explored; creativity, reflection and motivation.

Igniting creativity: It is vitally important to engage students in meaningful artistic experiences—ideally, their own experiences. Ownership of their learning helps students find their own artistic voice. Inviting students to think and work imaginatively can have lasting effects in all academic subjects.

We discussed ways of guiding our students through the creative process with enough structure for them to feel comfortable to explore whilst maintaining some freedom within those structures to express their independent creativity.

Inquiry and reflection: Fostering curiosity leads to student motivation, an impetus for hard work and achievement. Looking back on one’s experiences crystalizes learning and develops valuable metacognitive skills.

This is a key element of the performing arts and developing this idea for our students is vital in giving them the skills to become lifelong participants in the arts. By embedding this idea within our lessons and going through the reflective process alongside the students they can really develop their own work. We explored ways of rehearsing and extending reflective thinking with some of the tasks set out within the Juilliard Creative Classroom resources that support our curriculum.

Motivation – Meaningful encounters with high-quality works of music, dance, and drama.

The Nord Anglia music teachers shared their experiences of times when they successfully engaged their students in their lessons. Taking a collaborative and contextualised approach to teaching and learning was motivating both for the students and for the teachers.

In fact, motivation provided a running theme to the weekend. It became clear that providing a level of challenge within creative activities, allowing students to make choices and encouraging them to reflect on how to move towards achieving mastery in their work all combine to increase their level of motivation and ownership of the learning.