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Performing Arts Boarding Schools

All independent school students have access to specialist music, drama and dance teaching throughout their time at school.  Lessons are designed to develop musicianship, expressive and creative thinking, performing and composing skills alongside an awareness of music and drama from around the world. In senior school and sixth form students can follow GCSE and A Level Music, Drama and Dance courses.

Music and drama are delivered through both the curriculum and often through additional activities after lessons and at the weekend.  Students are often able to perform in classroom concerts, assemblies and school recital evenings and concerts throughout the year. Students are given opportunities through the curriculum to play a multitude of different instruments as well as the prospect of studying an instrument individually.

In Drama lessons students explore various forms of performance and communication through many activities and specialist individual and group lessons.  Most schools will have a whole school performance annually, which will often be a well-known musical that offers the chance for all the students to take part as both performers and backstage crew.  Many schools offer their student the opportunity to study for ABRSM Music Examinations and both LAMDA and Trinity public speaking and drama examinations.

Many schools offer performing arts as a specialty and have excellent facilities including professionally equipped theatres complete with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.  Schools are keen to encourage all pupils who have an interest in being on the stage and aim to involve a huge number of pupils of all abilities in their productions. These school pride themselves on achieving a production quality far above that which is normally associated with the ‘school play'.


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