Learning music, dance and drama has wide-reaching benefits for children, providing them with the tools to think creatively, innovate and appreciate diverse cultures and backgrounds.
The performing arts encourages children to explore their emotions, expand their imagination and helps them develop their own, unique voice. Each discipline of music, dance and drama engage a child's brain, body and emotions in different ways to encourage their confidence and find joy in self-expression.
We cannot underestimate importance of “emotional intelligence”, developing a creative mind and fostering personalities and imaginations as our students make their journey through school, to become happy and well-rounded individuals.
Many studies have also concluded that children who participate in performing arts enjoy improved performance in their academic subjects and because of the confidence gained and enhanced communication skills they become empowered in whatever career path they decide to take up as young adults.
We are fortunate that despite the lack of face-to-face teaching for the majority of the academic year, our students have still had the opportunity to engage in class, with the wider school community and enhance their learning through our collaboration with The Juilliard School.
Our collaboration with Juilliard provides the opportunity for students to experience an enhanced curriculum using a repertoire of core music, dance and drama works encompassing a wide range of genres, styles and cultures designed and selected by Juilliard. This is certainly not designed to replace, but to supplement our enquiry led school curriculum such as IPC in Primary, through to the IGCSE and IB study programmes. It is evident that as teachers, we are all incredibly passionate about our subject and we are tireless in our quest to encourage our students to develop and pursue a love for the performing arts wherever they are on their creative journey!
We look forward to celebrating the Performing Arts with our students face to face once again as the students gradually return to school, allowing them to access the specialist equipment that they have cruelly been denied due to lockdown.
Let us remember that the Performing Arts are for all and it is by no coincidence that during the past fourteen months throughout numerous lockdowns, has been what many of us have turned to for solace, inspiration, reflection, relaxation but most important of all joyfulness!
Director of Music and Performing Arts