Performing Arts is a fun and engaging program, which allows the experimentation and development of Dance, Drama and Music for students in Foundation to Grade 6. The aim of the specialist area is to develop personal and musical confidence and teach an appreciation of performance through drama, dance and music. Students are given opportunities to perform in front of the class and at school assemblies. They are able to showcase their talents and gain confidence in performing in front of peers and teachers.
Foundation, Grade 1 and 2 students are provided with a comprehensive program focusing on Drama in Term 1, Dance in Term 2 and Music in Term 3 and 4. Grade 3-6 students focus on Music with some aspects of Drama and Dance included in alternating semesters.
In Drama, students begin learning that facial expressions, body language, space and movements can communicate ideas to the audience. Students are encouraged to project their voice and move their body confidently to create a stage presence. Imagination, creation and puppetry are explored to further assist drama and performing in engaging performances.
In Dance, students learn safe movement patterns, different dancing speeds, using a variety of body parts and learning to express themselves when dancing. They use this knowledge and work towards creating and choreographing their own dances. Students study dances through the 21st century and dances from around the world, comparing and contrasting cultural dances and popular dance moves.
In Music, students begin by learning basic classroom percussion instruments. Concepts of beat, rhythm, pitch, tempo and dynamics are developed with rhythm sticks, triangles, castanets and drumming beats on bongos and djembe drums. Students listen to and compare different songs and music styles. Students learn how to play a number of instruments (e.g. body percussion, African drums and the drum kit, boomwhackers, ukuleles, keyboards and guitars). They even learn to play together in class bands! Older year levels use their musical notation, song knowledge and a range of digital music computer programs to create and develop songs generated on their netbooks.