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Music & Performing Arts

Department Philosophy

Where words fail, music speaks - Hans Christian Anderson

Without music, life would be a mistake – Friedrich Nietzsche

Acting is not about being famous, it’s about exploring the human soul – Annette Bening

Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body – Martha Graham

The Music & Performing Arts faculty…

  • Is committed to offering a broad and engaging curriculum that will encourage every pupil to develop their own characters as well as practical and social skills through performing together
  • Wants to make studying Music, Drama and Dance enjoyable to enable pupils to embark on a lifelong love of the arts
  • Will nurture every individual’s own skills and talents in an environment built on inclusion and mutual respect
  • Aims to provide pupils with as many opportunities as possible to experience the arts, through lessons, extra-curricular groups and visits





Curriculum Overview 2020-21


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

Music: Rhythm & Elements of Music

Music: Instruments of the Orchestra

Music: Ukulele & Keyboard Skills

Drama: Intro to Drama & Melodrama

Drama: The Tempest

Drama: Blood Brothers 

Year 8

Music: Pitch & Fanfares 

Keyboard Skills

Music: Minimalism

Music: Music for Stage & Screen

Drama: Choral Speech

Drama: Too Much Punch for Judy

Drama: An Inspector Calls

Year 9

Music: Baroque Music & Ground Bass

Music: Songwriting

Music: World Music / Covers

Drama: Realism

Drama: Physical Theatre 

Drama: Theatre of Cruelty

Year 10


Intro to GCSE Music

Free Composition

Vocal Set Works


Intro to GCSE Music

Free Composition


Fusions Set Works

Free Composition

Solo Performance

Drama: Component 1 – Devising

Drama: Component 1 – Devising

Drama: Component 2 – Performance from a Text




Year 11


Music for Stage & Screen Set Works

Composing to a Brief

Solo Performance


Instrumental Music Set Works

Composing to a Brief

Ensemble Performance

Music: Exam Revision

Drama: Component 3 – Performing to a Brief

Drama: Component 3 – Performing to a Brief

Drama: Component 3 – Performing to a Brief

Dance: Component 3 – Performing to a Brief

Dance: Component 3 – Performing to a Brief

Dance: Component 3 – Performing to a Brief





Careers in the Performing Arts

Careers in Music

  • Arts Administrator
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Instrumental Teacher
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Musician
  • Orchestra Librarian
  • Private Instrumental Music Teacher
  • Radio Broadcast Assistant
  • Radio Producer
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Sound Technician
  • West End Musical Behaviour

Careers in Drama

  • Actor/Actress
  • Stage Manager
  • Arts Administrator
  • Drama Teacher
  • Dramatherapist
  • Television Production Assistant
  • Radio Presenter
  • Theatre Director
  • Script Writer

Careers in Dance

  • Choreographer
  • Movement Director
  • Cruise Ship Entertainer
  • Dance Teacher
  • Dance Lecturer
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Disney Cast Member
  • West End Performer
  • Company Dancer
  • Dance Photographer
  • Dance Journalist
  • Costume/Set Designer
  • Physiotherapist
  • Dance Therapist
  • Youth Worker

20 Important Benefits of Learning Music in School

1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning

2. A mastery of memorization

3. Students learn to improve their work

4. Increased coordination

5. A sense of achievement

6. Kids stay engaged in school

7. Success in society

8. Emotional development

9. Students learn pattern recognition

10. Better SAT scores

11. Fine-tuned auditory skills

12. Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity

13. Music can be relaxing

14. Musical instruments can teach discipline

15. Preparation for the creative economy

16. Development in creative thinking

17. Music can develop spatial intelligence

18. Kids can learn teamwork

19. Responsible risk-taking

20. Better self-confidence

As well as a balanced curriculum, other benefits of studying Drama and the Performing Arts are:

1. Students gain important life skills as they learn the value of critical feedback, both positive and constructive.

2. Children have the opportunity to celebrate the richness and depth of human expression in all of its forms.

3. Drama and the performing arts allow an avenue to develop cognitive abilities that complement study in other disciplines.

4. Communication between peers is accelerated as students are exposed to group activities. This experience also provides opportunity for students to display cultural leadership qualities.

5. Some students find their ‘voice’ while studying the Arts. They may discover they are natural problem solvers or leaders. Creative expression is a great way to build self-confidence and can be particularly beneficial for introverted and reserved children.

6. The Arts can also be a source of solitude – a place where a child is able to shut out their surrounds and immerse themselves in a creative environment. This process allows the imagination to thrive, aiding internal exploration. It’s a natural precursor to a well-developed sense of self.

7. The Arts can act as an agent through which a variety of emotions can be learned, rehearsed and practiced. Adolescents can find it difficult to express their emotions and so the Arts provides a great outlet for children to explore a wide range of feelings including delight, anger and unhappiness. This experience can define a child’s growing sense of independence and interdependence.