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A creative space with The Juilliard School

05 December 2016

Find out more about how our embedded performing arts program designed by The Juilliard School translates into daily school activities. Composing lyrics, drumming, singing and playing the chime bars are just some of the activities that our students have learned over the last few months. 

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What a musical start to the year we have had, from composing to writing lyrics, drumming to singing and playing the chime bars.  Rhythm work, percussion and notation were just some of the topics that students explored, moving on to graphic scores, classical notation and performing.  With the introduction of the NAE-Juilliard Performing Arts Program, students began studying one of the Juilliard Creative Curriculum Core Works concerned with ‘song’, Gershwin’s They Can’t Take That Away From Me. 

The Global Campus Virtual Choir also launched with Nord Anglia schools taking part from around the world. Created by Jack Blume, a London-based composer who has worked on feature films and television for Channel 4 and the BBC, the score will comprise of contributions from all 43 Nord Anglia schools.  Each school will have its own unique vocal and instrumental part to learn. The piece Wondrous Garden will be recorded and filmed in February to create one large virtual performance, with New York's contribution overlayed with all other schools' contributions. With all NAE schools taking part we are hoping to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest virtual choir. Students in Years 1-9 will be working on this exciting project over the coming months. 

Learning how to read a score for the body percussion part “Wondrous Garden”.

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our Juilliard Curriculum Specialist, Vielka Kelly-Wise, who visited our school last month to meet some of our young students and join in with our music classes.  
Vielka is a teacher, performer, mother and lifelong learner. She guides teachers and creates resources for Carnegie Hall. As a voice teacher, Vielka specializes in building confidence and technique in children and teens.  As contralto, she sings with the SoHarmoniums.

Learning vocal techniques with Vielka Kelly-Wise, Juilliard Curriculum Specialist.

It has been wonderful to hear the sweet music of cornets, violins and piano floating through the school, as our Private Instrumental Lessons get underway last month.  Taught by our resident instrumental teachers, Julie Desbordes, Eric Lemmon and Marcus Ostermiller, children have the opportunity to join either individual or group lessons each week.  

Our instructors expose students to a variety of music repertoire, theory, ear training. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in winter and spring recitals. Improved self-confidence, physical coordination, and self-discipline through consistent daily practice are just some of the benefits of studying music. If you would like your children to take part in this opportunity please contact our instrumental teachers to book in a time either during or after school hours.  Private lessons are billed at a rate of $55 (30-minutes), $75 (45 minutes), or $95 (60 minutes) per lesson. Group lessons for brass/violin are billed at a rate of $30 (per child) per 30-minute lesson.

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