Performing Arts"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent"
– Victor Hugo
The Performing Arts curriculum at St. Philip Howard–s Catholic School embraces Dance, Drama and Music. These subjects are taught to every student in their first year; Drama and Music once a fortnight and Dance as part of the P.E. curriculum. In years 8 and 9, students are taught Music as a core subject and can opt for additional Music lessons, and/or Dance and Drama.
The philosophy that underpins Performing Arts is student centred, to promote interest, in a supportive environment. The students here experience the joys of the process of making mistakes and trying different methods to reach their conclusions. Through be creative, performing and reflecting students build their confidence and have ownership of their own learning. We consciously acknowledge students– different learning styles, prior learning, what the next step in their learning should be and their interests. St. Philip Howard students find their work relevant to them and the world they live in. At the heart of it is learning tailored to individual learning needs. The students thrive on constructive feedback; teacher, peer and self.
In Year 7 students start to develop their basic Drama skills, moving from play to performance with a focus on communicating intentions to audience. In Year 8 students build on the skills needed to enable imaginative and creative theatre. This is achieved through the use of resources; such as masks, music and lights. Students will develop their group working skills, devising and developing ideas through practical exploration as well as their evaluation and response skills. By Year 9 all key Drama skills with be embedded in to student practice allowing them to develop performance skills, with a strong focus on characterisation, movement, use of voice and critical analysis of their own and other peoples work.
In Year 10 & 11 Key Stage 4 GCSE students have six lessons a fortnight. The GCSE course (AQA Specifications) builds on the Key Stage 3 course. Students work on a variety of projects where they study plays, playwrights and theatre practitioners and may be assessed on acting and technical skills. All assessment is linear, with written exams taking place at the end of the course. 60% of the GCSE will be assessed through non-exam assessment, 40% through a written exam.
In Year 12 & 13 Key Stage 5 AS/A Level students have at least seven lessons a fortnight. The AS/A Level course (AQA Specifications) build on the Key Stage 3 & 4 courses. Students work on a variety of projects where they study new plays, styles and approaches. There are many opportunities for performance and students have the opportunity to devise a completely original performance. All assessment is linear, with written exams taking place at the end of the course. 60% of the A Level will be assessed through non-exam assessment, 40% through a written exam.
The Drama department offers a KS3 Drama Club afterschool and G&T workshops during the course of the year. In addition there is a Whole School Musical Production at the end of the Summer Term and additional smaller productions throughout the year. We also arrange various theatre visits. At Key Stage 4/5 rehearsals are also held for the preparation of practical coursework and parents/guardians and friends are invited to see GCSE/A Level work showcased several times a year.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum focuses on developing students´ performing, composing and listening skills through a variety of activities. There is a strong focus on singing and percussion skills, learning to play a melody line and chords on the keyboard, ukulele and guitar as well as composing melodic ideas and song lyrics. With the introduction of new technology into the department, students will also be taught to use music software to record and edit their musical ideas and performances.
Students will have the opportunity to work individually and in groups and will develop their ability to lead group tasks, organise and structure their own time. They are encouraged to reflect on their progress to improve their success and productivity.
In Year 10 & 11 GCSE students have six lessons a fortnight. The GCSE course (Eduqas Year 10 & Edexcel Specification Year 11) builds on the Key Stage 3 course. Students focus on 3 main areas: composing (30%), performing (30%) and analysis (40%). Throughout the course they complete a series of performances and compositions linked to the Areas of study for the listening exam helping to inform their understanding in a practical way.
In Year 12 & 13 AS/A Level students have seven or eight lessons a fortnight. The AS Level course (Eduqas Specification) builds on the Key Stage 3 & 4 courses. Students continue to focus on 3 main areas: composing (30%), performing (30%) and analysis (40%). The A Level course (Edexcel Specification) leads students through detailed analysis of set works from across several genres of music. Students also have to develop their understand of music theory through harmonic exercises and composition and perform an extended recital.
We actively encourage students to further their musical understanding and ability by having tuition on a musical instrument. The benefits of learning an instrument include developing new skills, the discipline and commitment to practice regularly and the opportunity to join in with extra-curricular groups; which in turn, helps students to meet new people and make friends across all year groups.
Instrumental tuition currently provided with private teachers:
Piano – Julie Horner
Singing – Hilary Bishop
Guitar – Richard Rahaman
Drums – Brett Miles
Instrumental tuition currently provided with West Sussex music teachers:
Saxophone & Clarinet – Ian Monnery
Flute – Alison Robinson
Trumpet – Graham Paul
Violin – Alex Urqhart
We ask that any instruments brought into school are clearly labelled and insured. Instruments can be stored safely in the Music Department during the school day. If we do not currently offer lessons on your childs preferred instrument then we will do our best to accommodate this. Please contact the Music team directly.
Brett Miles – Drum teacher.
Be musical, creative and have fun!
• Lessons for beginners through to advanced
• Learn a whole range of musical styles
• Understand written drum notation
• Learn the drum parts to your favourite tunes
• Learn about the drum set, dynamics and techniques to gain a rounded knowledge of drumming.
Contact for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hilary Bishop – Singing teacher.
Hilary has a few vacancies for new students. Hilary has a light, fun approach and excellent results. Whether students want to sing to work towards grade exams or wow their friends and family with favourite songs, or simply want to sing for their own fun and enjoyment, then singing lessons can help achieve that goal. Students may choose their own preferred style of music including pop, rock, classical and musical theatre and Hilary offers the opportunity to take grade examinations in all styles. Students learn to support their voices through breathing techniques and warm-up exercises, gain confidence and improve vocal quality. Hilary also helps students who are preparing recordings and performances as they work towards their GCSEs. Thirty minute lessons start from £60 per term (for 10 lessons). Please contact Hilary (email@example.com
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West Sussex Music Service – Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Violin
(Other instruments also available)
As leaders in high quality music education, West Sussex Music nurtures, inspires and enriches, changing lives through music. Our offer includes small group & individual instrumental lessons, as well as a comprehensive range of ensemble activities at Chichester Music Centre. Group lessons cost £79 per term and instrument hire is £20 per term. To apply for lessons visit our website www.westsussexmusic.co.uk
Richard Rahaman BA Hons firstname.lastname@example.org - Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar.
I offer fun and friendly lessons to students of all abilities from complete beginners to advanced levels. Lessons are available in all styles of guitar including rock, pop, blues and classical. Students can learn for fun focusing on music by their favourite bands and singers or can work towards taking a guitar examination. Lessons are tailored to the students´ needs whether they are learning for pleasure or wish to take a more formal approach to learning the guitar.
Julie Horner 01243 551838– Piano
Learning to play the piano can be fun and rewarding, whether you are a complete beginner or an accomplished player. With over 30 years of teaching experience lessons are adapted to the pace of the individual student. Whether that be learning by Grades (through ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall), learning the students preferred repertoire, or simply exploring different styles of music. Learning to play an instrument also helps the student with independent learning, which is a skill that is transferable to all learning.
Extra Curricular Activities
There are a range of activities available for students to enjoy out of lesson. These include:
Orchestra - open to players of all abilities from all year groups. This group perform all genres of music including classical works and modern film scores.
Swing Band – a select group of players, grade 4 and above, playing swing and jazz arrangements.
Singing Group – a vocal ensemble that sing a range of modern repertoire.
Ukulele Group – a free session of tuition open to all students led by our guitar teacher.
Song Writing Club – an opportunity to learn more about how to write and record your own music.
Drumming Club – a student led ensemble exploring rhythms with a range of percussion instruments.