What we do in the Junior School lessons..

The dance course involves basic choreographed routines and freestyle work in varying styles. Throughout the session students will work on their co-ordination, musicality, presentation, style, technique and strength. A general warm up begins the session, training the student in some limbering and stretching routines to encourage suppleness and body strength. Students will then be taught dance techniques and steps which will be used in the dance. At times students are encouraged to choreograph sections within larger works to encourage them to develop their imagination. The music and styles of dance used each term are led by the interests of the group.

The drama lessons focus on many different aspects of theatre. The aim with the younger children is to develop imagination, observation, discipline and mainly confidence.
Using improvised scenes, script work and poetry; we develop voice projection, accents, stage presence and characterisation. The students are encouraged to work in groups and if and when they are confident enough, they can perform individually. All children love role play and we develop this natural game into drama.

Through learning fun songs, popular disney songs and songs from Musicals, every child will develop his or her singing technique, musical knowledge and self confidence. Throughout the lesson students will learn about the following: vocal exercises through fun warm-ups, breathing technique, posture, expression, dynamics, tempo, rhythm, pitch, melodic range, melodic shape, musical form and musical style. Students will learn to follow a conductor and illustrate the meaning or drama of a song through facial expression, movement and staging. Individually they will develop their vocal tone, control, range, volume and expressive quality. Singing lessons will include a variety of solo and ensemble work and will be based on a variety of musical styles depending on the focus of the lesson and the interests of the group.