Head of Department
Performing Arts comprises of Dance, Drama and Music and is taught from Year 7 to Year 13. It is a compulsory aspect of the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and an option subject for students in Key Stages 4 and 5.
Each year, the department rehearses and produces a number of shows, including a Christmas musical. Previous musicals have included Beauty and The Beast, The Lion King, A Christmas Carol, Mama Mia!, 13! and High School Musical, to name but a few! The department also stages its annual Battle of the Bands, which is a real opportunity for the academy’s bands and soloists to showcase their talents in front of a live audience.
Students also have the opportunity to receive individual peripatetic lessons, at a discounted price, on a wide range of instruments by visiting teachers who work through Kent Music School and Andrew Parry School of Music.
Year 7:Students study Music and Performing Arts for one period a week. Music lessons cover the following topics:
- Elements of music
- Keyboard performance
- Film music – The Gruffalo
- Parody writing
- Vocal Ensemble Performance & Recording
- Ringtone via Garage Band
- Drama: Introduction to Drama and Panto
- Dance: Warm-ups, street dance, Olympics and thriller
Year 8:Students study Music and Performing Arts for one period a week. Music lessons cover:
- Drums of the world
- 12 Bar Blues
- Popular styles at the keyboard
- Elements of pop music
- Rock music workshops
- Drama: Murder Mystery and Physical Theatre
- Dance: Choreography and Street Dance
Year 9:Students study Music and Performing Arts for one period a week. Music lessons cover the content for the Bronze Arts Award qualification:
- Live Music Performance
- Research into an Artist
- Describe and recording a Live event
- Drama: Youth Crime and Duologues and Scenes
- Dance: Street Performance and Choreography Time
- RSL Level 2 Certificate in Creative and Performing Arts (Acting)
- RSL Level 2 Certificate in Creative and Performing Arts (Dance)
- RSL Level 2 Certificate in Performance for Music Practitioners (Performing)
BTEC Performing Arts – Acting or Dance (RSL) Overview: Acting Students – 212: Performing Text Acting requires a thorough understanding of exactly how dialogue/conversation works, how this is reflected in good dramatic writing and how an actor ‘lifts’ such speech ‘off the page’. The ability to sight read competently and bring dialogue to life is essential for most television, film, radio, voice over and commercial work. This unit will introduce students to essential acting skills. Whilst studying this unit, they will:
- Develop the skills necessary for analysing a piece of dialogue in dramatic writing and to be able to perform it appropriately
- Develop practical experience in these skills, using both modern and classic texts
Dance Students – 227: Dance Techniques & PerformanceThe umbrella of Dance is vast, containing many styles and genres, within a wide range of settings from formal theatre, to ritual, to community and social dance. This unit will introduce students to Contemporary Dance. The ability to perform and understand this style of dance will support and develop their artistic, physical, intellectual and social skills development. Whilst studying this unit focusing on Contemporary Dance, they will develop improve your own technique in this style, as well as perform to an audience.
All Students - 201E: Live PerformanceThis unit is externally assessed and requires students to work to a brief, specific to either Acting or Dance. They will utilize the skills learnt throughout their specific acting/dance unit in order to give a final live performance to an audience. Course Breakdown and Assessment: Assessment: Students complete three units. ‘Live Performance’ is EXTERNALLY assessed. The specific Acting and Dance units are internally assessed, and coursework based. Year 1
- An introduction to Acting/Dance
- Acting pupils’ study ‘Performing Text’ in year one.
- Dance pupils’ study ‘dance Techniques & Performance’ Unit.
- All pupils study ‘Live Performance’ Unit.
- Music Knowledge Unit: The aim of this unit is to build the students’ musical knowledge and give them the ability to articulate their thoughts and feelings about music using the appropriate industry & theoretical language whilst drawing upon knowledge learned within this unit. Students will study musical styles and the various distinctive traits that comprise them. Through study of this unit learners will build a wider contextual and theoretical knowledge of contemporary music. This knowledge will be demonstrated through the ability to identify and analyse the key stylistic and musical elements present within contemporary music.
- Instrumental Study Unit: This unit aims to enhance the students capacity to understand how to maximise their development as an instrumentalist, to recognise success and to encourage improvement in areas which require further work through objective and reflective self- assessment. The purpose of this unit is to facilitate the learner’s ongoing development as an instrumentalist, based around their own goals and objectives using structured planning and reflection of personal development. This will in turn facilitate the capacity to use their instrument as their primary tool for creating and/or performing music.
- Live Music Performance Unit: Through study of this unit students will engage with a full live performance project including planning, rehearsal, performance, and evaluation. The skills learned within this unit can be directly applied to any future pursuits in the live music industry. The rehearsal elements of the unit are designed to develop the learner’s ability to rehearse effectively. Students will develop their planning, organisation, communication and evaluation skills throughout the rehearsal process. The purpose of the unit is to prepare learners for the undertaking of a live musical performance in front of an audience.
- Music Knowledge Development Unit
- Instrumental Study Unit
- This year will draw upon the skills learnt in year one. •All students study ‘Live Music Performance’ Unit.
For each individual discipline we run:
BTEC National Extended Certificates in Performing Arts – Acting
BTEC National Extended Certificates in Performing Arts – Dance
RSL Rock School Subsidiary Diploma in Music.These qualifications explore the individual disciplines in much more detail and requires the pupils to explore, investigate and perform different genres on a regular basis.
BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts – Acting OR Dance
Overview of the course:A BTEC national extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Acting OR Dance) is the equivalent in size to one A-level. The qualification is made up of 4 units, of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%). The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the acting or dance aspect of the Performing Arts Industry
What Will You Study:
Both Acting and Dance pathways contain the following mandatory units:
- Investigating Practitioners’ Work
- Developing Skills and Techniques for Liver Performance
- Group Performance Workshop
Learners then split off in to their specialist disciplines and will study further units form the following:
- Interpreting Classical Text for Performance
- Acting Styles
- Developing the Voice for Performance
- Movement in Performance
- Musical Theatre techniques
- Classical Ballet Technique
- Tap dance Technique
- Jazz Dance Technique
- Street Dance Technique
- Contemporary Dance Techniques