Throughout the whole school music is performed and created using a variety of instruments and computer software. From Early Years, there is an emphasis on singing and exploring sound whilst students develop their rhythmic and melodic skills in primary and secondary.
Music is a joyful experience. Through our teaching we create a stimulating and creative environment for pupils and staff alike. We aim to broaden the musical experience of all our pupils, reflecting their interests and aspirations. Our students, of all ability levels, develop their potential through practical activities such as listening, performing and composing/creating.
Our music staff and tutors are passionate about their subject and many of them are successful musicians themselves.
Instrumental Programme and Timetable
Our school also has an instrumental programme with visiting music teachers teaching a variety of instruments to pupils with the possibility of taking ABRSM internationally recognised instrumental exams. This year we are offering lessons with the clarinet, chalumeau, flute, guitar, piano, recorder, saxophone, drums and violin.
Each week we publish a timetable for students participating in private instrumental lessons. For more information please contact Mrs Donaldson on firstname.lastname@example.org
At EISP, we provide Drama at Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 as part of the curriculum and we offer Drama at IGCSE level. Drama is an excellent way of developing children’s personal and social skills; it helps them to cooperate and communicate effectively, builds their confidence and nurtures their creativity. Throughout the programme, children learn to use a range of drama skills and techniques. Pupils explore a variety of materials including stories, issues and themes. In addition to this, they also acquire subject specific vocabulary and learn how to reflect on their own Drama work and on that of others. Our aim is also to ensure that children get a sense of enjoyment from the subject.
At Key Stage 1, students receive two thirty minute lessons of Drama a week. Through drama games, activities and role-play, children develop communication skills, positive social interaction, physical control and appropriate response to rules and routines. The programme is based on the elements of the English framework of the National Curriculum. All children are involved in at least one performance a year.
The Drama curriculum at Key Stage 2 reflects the English framework and includes cross-curricular links with other subjects. The children receive one sixty minute lesson a week. Drama activities provide opportunities to further develop children´s personal and social skills, such as negotiation and self- assertion. Through adopting roles and characters, the children explore various stories and themes; they are also introduced to writing and interpreting scripts. All the children are involved in at least one performance a year.
Drama in Year 7 and 8 follows the KS3 Strategy for Drama and focuses on making, performing and responding. This is where students use dramatic techniques to explore ideas, issues and dramatic texts. They create drama, convey characters and atmosphere and practise specific skills, such as mime or improvisation. Students analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others. Drama is taught twice a week; one hour-long lesson tends to focus more on practical work, while the thirty-minute lesson is on theory.
In Year 9, students rotate between the Arts to help them with their IGCSE choices. They experience Drama several times a year in five to six week long units, with two and a half hours of Drama each week. In Year 9, students focus on cultivating their drama skills; the focus is on the creative process of devising drama based on different stimuli.
Students can choose to do Drama as an extracurricular activity and participate in the annual Senior School production. The Drama department liaises with local professional artists and organises theatre workshop, visits and performances throughout the year.