This year sees the beginning of the exciting Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme. This is a first of its kind collaboration between one of the world’s leading educational organisations and one of the most prestigious performing arts schools.
Here at BSB Sanlitun, we are proud to have started our involvement with the programme from the beginning of this academic year. We believe this will help our students develop skills such as critical thinking, resilience, risk-taking and discipline which they can use in their learning in any subject. Students will develop cultural literacy, broadening their understanding of cultural and social history around the world to give them a global experience.
The curriculum is designed around 12 core categories of music that Juilliard have selected to encompass the full spread of music history and genre. Within each category a key piece has been selected which will provide a foundation and a stimulus for children’s learning from Early Years all throughout Secondary schools. We are so excited to be already heavily involved in the core materials. Year 6 children have been learning how to compose layered melodies based on Stravisnky’s The Rite of Spring; Year 4 children have been listening to the fantastic Chants du Burgam by the wonderful Senegalese folk musician Doudou N’Diaye Rose and creating their own call and response rhythm patterns, while Year 3 have been learning about the compositional styles of Ludwig van Beethoven.
By Henry Charlesworth