Research and findings one year on
Research shows that students studying performing arts develop their cultural awareness and make progress in learning new skills such as collaboration, creativity and resilience. This report details the findings from research carried out with the first 10 NAE schools that received the Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts programme last year. The initial impact that the programme has had on our students and teachers indicates how it has not only enhanced our students’ music education but also a host of other life skills.
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The proof is in the numbers: We surveyed 845 primary and secondary students across all our schools and 36 music teachers who were part of the first wave of schools to receive the Juilliard programme, including interviews with non-music subject teachers. Our studies showed:
- Students in schools with the programme rated the following transferrable skills more highly, compared with students not in Juilliard schools:
- Problem solving
- Aside from musical abilities, teachers noted the programme was having a high level of impact on students in the following areas:
- Motivation to learn
- Collaboration skills
- Global awareness
- Ability to work independently
- Students in the programme were more likely to give positive ratings on cultural awareness compared to students not in the programme. Teachers also agreed that the programme supported the development of cultural awareness in students, including developing new musical ideas, and engagement with a wider range of music from various cultures around the world.
How our teachers benefit
Our teachers have also seen big advantages in having an embedded performing arts curriculum with Juilliard. Teachers who were part of the 10 inaugural schools noted the following in their own career development and teaching practice:
- All of the teachers surveyed in inaugural schools said that they saw an improvement in their teaching practice over the course of the year
- 72 teachers who received face-to-face training with Juilliard experts, stated that they felt inspired, motivated, valued in their role and empowered to teach.
- Teachers have also reported the effects of interdisciplinary learning across other subjects at school, where they have used music to enhance teaching and learning in maths, science, English and even foreign languages. Teachers also noted improved accessibility through the use of the Juilliard unique materials for ESL learners and students with special educational needs.
Hear what our teachers say about our collaboration with Juilliard:
“I feel inspired, empowered, excited, enthusiastic not just for myself, but for my colleagues, for NAE, for my students.”
Emily Andrews, Music Teacher
“This program will ensure that any child who is in an NAE school has an incredible opportunity to be inspired by professional musicians, learn to the absolute best of their ability and develop intimate appreciation for 12 works over the course of time.”
Kristen Callaway, Music Teacher
“It is very inspiring and it set me on fire to start working on how I could present this in ways that’s fun and engaging. I am very sure that this will create students who are globally music literate and confident individuals.”
Cheryl Heyres, Music Teacher