Faculty of performing and creative arts
Director of Music and Acting Head of Creative and Performing Arts Faculty Mrs R Greaves
Our vision is for students to understand what music is and to see how music is a part of everyday life. We aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of performance and self reflection that will last beyond their studies at TGSG. We want to create a sense of curiosity and wonder through learning about contemporary, traditional and cultural pieces of music so students can engage with different musical forms and put their own and others' music into context. They will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination.
In particular our students will:
- perform, listen to and review music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions
- learn to sing and to use their voices, using vocal techniques learnt in class
- learn how to sight sing simple musical phrases
- understand and explore how music is created, produced, and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notation
- learn to perform in front of an audience and be reflective about this process
Why do we study Applied Performance?
To create opportunities for reflection, meta – cognition and resilience by developing skills in vocal, instrumental and ensemble performance based on themes derived from Christian Values and Character Education within the context of developing a growth mindset.
What do we study?
In Applied Performance students will:
- have fun singing and creating
- develop skills, techniques and knowledge in vocal technique
- learn the art of rehearsal, evaluation and the refining process
- develop the discipline of performance
- develop a language for learning using the learning constructs (PSHE) and a growth mindset
- be encouraged to grow in confidence, learn from their mistakes and identify how to make improvements in their work
- be able to apply reflective thinking beyond the classroom and make connections across the curriculum and beyond the school
- develop literacy skills and the ability to articulate their ideas and talk about the key words and themes
To view a full summary of our Applied Performance curriculum please click here.
How do we study Applied Performance?
- We discuss, reflect, evaluate and ask questions
- We think about how performance skills apply to our learning character and life skills
- We have lots of fun singing songs and rounds and making music together
Home learning is an integral part of the curriculum and tasks are aimed to either consolidate knowledge from the lessons or to build on skills further from lessons. Tasks could involve independent research of a particular idea, listening and analysing pieces of music or practice to prepare for an assessment. When no specific task is set students are always encouraged to read around the current topic.
Applied performance develops musicianship, confidence, performance and presentation skills. It also nurtures confidence, self-reflection, creativity, team working and encourages students to make connections across the curriculum and with their own personal development. Applied Performance creates a space in the curriculum to explore, be creative and learn from mistakes. It complements Music, drama, dance and PSHCE.
- Ukulele club
- TGSG singing group
- TGSG band
- TGSG worship band
- GCSE composition workshops
- Melodic Dictation
- The Rhythm Trainer