As part of our collaboration with the world-leading performing arts institute The Juilliard School New York we regularly welcome Juilliard alumni and Curriculum Specialists into school to run professional development workshops with our teachers and interactive lessons with our students.
During Jessica’s visit she started by performing to our Early Years and Infant Campus children where she demonstrated the unusual sound of the viola and answered many questions from our engaged young learners.
She then took a session with a Year 7 string class who have been studying music through learning the instruments of the string family. Here the students used these instruments to compose pieces showing emotions. Jenny commented, ‘I really enjoyed it because I got to make up my own music to describe my feelings’. Louis was also quoted as saying, ‘I think it was amazing because we got to play with a world famous musician and we got to get better on our instruments and explore new techniques’.
At lunchtime, the Secondary Campus were treated to a concert where Jessica demonstrated her unique style of playing using fantastic viola skills mixed with contemporary music technology, allowing her to loop her ideas to sound like a full orchestra. One student Sanny commented on how Jessica played with such control of her instrument.