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Mission Statement

"To provide high quality teaching in all areas of the Performing Arts. To nurture confidence, self-expression and creativity that will provide learners with opportunities to develop a career in the Arts along with life skills to prepare them for the future."

Aims:

Knole Academy aims to provide a high standard of Performing Arts education and training for students of all abilities and backgrounds. We will endeavour to enthuse and inspire the young minds of students, giving them regular performance opportunities, through which they can celebrate and embrace fully Performing Arts. We believe that performance opportunities, on small or large scale, can boost the self-esteem of individuals and in doing so promote self-confidence and strength in a non-academic subject.

Lessons and Teaching methods

At Knole Academy, students in years 7, 8 and 9 are allocated a one hour period of Music each week. They also have a one hour period of Drama and Dance on alternate weeks. Students will be encouraged to explore and develop their creativity through performing and responding in Dance, Drama and Music.

Students work individually, in pairs, in small groups and as a whole class, taking part in games, exercises and presentations prepared in response to a range of topics and stimuli. The emphasis is on working with others in the class on a creative process that expects students to present ideas and feelings in an environment where they feel confident to express themselves.

Dance

ANNUAL DANCE SHOW INFORMATION:

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For current dance club information please click here.

About Dance

We aim to provide a broad and balanced dance curriculum that inspires and promotes creativity and confidence. Students enjoy their dance lessons in a safe and comfortable working environment engendered by the teacher and students. The following skills, which are highly transferable to the workplace beyond the world of dance, are developed and refined during every lesson:

Confidence
Responsibility
Trust
Team Work
Leadership Skills
Communication
Risk Taking
Motivation
Social Skills
Problem Solving
Body Awareness

The department strives to create an equal curriculum where boys and girls can achieve success. Differentiation is vital to all lessons as it allows all students to achieve; every child is seen as an individual and is treated as such.

The schemes of work are designed to achieve the department's aim and are changed yearly to allow for the ever-changing dance world to be brought into the classroom.

Dance is compulsory at Key Stage and then an option at GCSE, where the department boasts excellent examination results gaining 90% A*- C in our GCSE results 2014.  From here they can carry dance on into the 6th form. We offer the BTEC Level Performing Arts Single award.  This is a combined course, where students can specialise in one area of the Arts: Dance, Drama or Music. The BTEC single is worth one 'A' Level.  The course allows students to gain a deep understanding of the dance world, job opportunities and further training that may be required.

Many of our students have gone onto university to study dance at degree level. Previous students have been accepted into The BRIT School, the University of Chichester and London Studio Centre, which is one of the top dance schools in the country.

In 2013, 9 boys auditioned to star in a television series with the popular dance group 'Diversity'.

Drama

Aims

The Drama Department will encourage students to express themselves through drama and present their ideas to each other. Students will develop qualities of intuition, imagination, exploration, analysis and critical reflection. They will learn to appreciate the cultural, historical, political and social context of theatre.

Additional Opportunities in Drama

LAMDA Examination classes
LAMDA examination classes are open to anyone wishing to work towards sitting LAMDA examinations. Usually, students work towards exams in Acting (learning scripts) but some may prefer other options such as Verse and Prose (Poems and sections from novels), Reading for Performances (Sight reading), Spoken English (speeches), Public Speaking (Speeches), Mime or Devised Performance.
 
LAMDA examination classes are designed to equip you, whatever your age and aspirations, with a range of skills that will serve you throughout your life. Preparation for an examination can:
 
· Unlock the imagination
· Develop communication skills
· Refine technical artistry.
 
The examination itself provides you with an opportunity to:
 
· Measure progress against an internationally applied standard
· Make contact with expert assessors outside the immediate teaching environment
· Receive critical appraisal and guidance for future development
· Build self-confidence and self-esteem
· Acquire skill certification
· Receive a record of personal achievement

 

LAMDA Examinations and the UCAS Tariff

Students achieving Grades 6,7,and 8 will be able to claim UCAS points for entry to university. This will affect students entering university in 2008+.  For example, a Distinction in a Grade 8 exam would give 65 points - the equivalent of being between a 'Higher' A and B; a Merit would be comparable to a 'Higher' B.  Classes are of 30 minutes duration and run every Tuesday from 1.10 – 1.40pm in the Drama room.

 

Music

Staff

Miss A Sanders- Music Subject Leader
Mr H Morgan- Music Teacher

Aims

The Music Department will encourage students to express themselves through the arts and present their ideas to others. Students develop their confidence and communication skills. They will also develop qualities of intuition, imagination, exploration, analysis and critical reflection. Students will learn to appreciate the cultural, historical, political and social context of music.

What are the advantages of studying Music?

  • Music is a universal language: it is the most unique and powerful form of communication for all people regardless of age, background, ability and interests
  • It helps to develop key skills such as confidence, performance under pressure, teamwork, co-ordination, memory etc
  • It relieves tensions and stress, thus helping us to relax
  • It enables us to explore, develop and express our inner feelings, ideas and emotions freely.

Music Grade Examinations

We encourage all our students learning an instrument to work towards a practical music examination. Depending on the instrument and focus of instrument we offer the students an opportunity to take Trinity Guildhall, Rock School or Associated Board. These examinations assess performance and technical skills from beginner to accomplished performer. Music exams are accredited in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, DELLS and CEA.  They also attract UCAS points for students applying to UK colleges and universities.  Various arrangements are in place with education authorities worldwide.

Performance Opportunities

We aim to provide a mixture of musical opportunities for students to perform in different environments, to a variety of audiences allowing the students to develop a wide music vocabulary. Students perform in assemblies, at open evenings, sing-around evenings, awards ceremonies and at other events both in school and in the wider community. The Music Department holds a number of concerts throughout the year, for example the Summer Concert, Christmas Concert and the Christmas Carol Service at St. Mary’s, Riverhead.

Upcoming Events

  • New Build Opening Ceremony - Friday 17 October 2014 Recital Room
  • Year 7 Big Sing - Tuesday 11 November 2014 6pm Oaks Theatre
  • Christmas Concert - Thursday 11 December 2014 6.30pm Oaks Theatre 
  • Carol Service - Tuesday 16 December 2014 St. Mary’s Church, Riverhead

 

Music Curriculum

Year 7

Autumn Term

Elements of Music

Students are introduced to the main keywords (pitch, tempo, dynamics etc) that are needed to describe and analyse different styles of music.
Students complete written listening tasks, practical instrumental tasks, contribute to class discussions and complete various group activities to demonstrate their knowledge of the main musical elements.

Keyboard Skills

Students start to read standard music notation and are able to name the notes on the stave. They learn how to read melodies and perform them on the keyboard.

Students develop their performing techniques and get the opportunity to regularly demonstrate these during this unit.

 

Year 7

 Music

 

½ term

SOW

Tasks/ Skills

Autumn

1

 

 

Elements of Music

 

 

Students are introduced to the main keywords (pitch, tempo, dynamics etc) that are needed to describe and analyse different styles of music.
Students complete written listening tasks, practical instrumental tasks, contribute to class discussions and complete various group activities to demonstrate their knowledge of the main musical elements.

2

Keyboard Skills

Students start to read standard music notation and are able to name the notes on the stave. They learn how to read melodies and perform them on the keyboard.

Students develop their performing techniques and get the opportunity to regularly demonstrate these during this unit.

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Rhythm and Beat

 

 

Students are introduced to different note values: crotchets, minims, quavers and semi-quavers. They learn to read rhythmic notation and to perform keeping with the beat.

Students compose their own rhythms and use musical instruments to perform pieces with distinctive rhythms.

2

Instruments of
the Orchestra

Students develop their knowledge and understanding of the instruments of the orchestra and the four main instrument families. Students will learn to recognise how different instruments look, sound and are played.

Students listen to various pieces of orchestral music to develop their aural awareness.

Students will also complete research tasks and presentations about the orchestra.

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Cartoon Music

 

 

Students look at how music is used to add effects and comic moments in cartoons. Students watch and analyse several cartoon clips and explore the idea of “Mickey Mousing”. Students then develop their Music Technology skills by using Garage Band for their main assessment, which involves composing and syncing their own music in time with a muted cartoon clip.

2

Major/ Minor

This unit makes students think about the mood of music and how that mood is created. Students are introduced to the concept of tonality and learn to recognise the difference between major and minor chords, scales and melodies. Students learn to play pieces of music in both major and minor keys and are assessed both on their listening and performing skills.

 

Musical Instrument Lessons

Musical instrument lessons are provided by a peripatetic teacher i.e. an instrumental or vocal teacher who visits a school to provide tuition. Knole Academy will provide facilities including practice rooms and, where appropriate, loan instruments, to support both student and peri teacher. Payment and communications will be direct between parents and the teacher. 

We offer lessons on the following:-  guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, piano, violin and singing. The sessions are 30 minutes long and cost £15. Music GCSE students are entitled to free lessons funded by the school.

Please find below a brief description of all the current peri teachers we have. We are hoping to be able to provide wind instrument teachers as demand increases.

Mrs Da Silva - violin teacher

pennydasilva@hotmail.co.uk
07763 204109

"I have a music degree from University of Durham and a diploma in music teaching. I have been teaching in local schools for a number of years and am also a member of the Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra.  Most of my pupils enjoy the challenge of taking graded music exams but some prefer not to.  For information about lessons please contact me by email as above."

Mrs C Davis - piano teacher

c.a.davis123@hotmail.com
01322 613182

I have been working as a piano/theory teacher for over 20 years both in Kent and with the Bromley Music Service, teaching all ages from pre-school to the over 80 yrs. I have the LTCL and Cert Ed FE and have worked as an examiner for the Guildhall and Trinity Guildhall. I can always be contacted by email as above and i will always answer queries as promptly as possible.Mr Rose - drum teacher          

Mr Yoxall - guitar teacher

jaymz_yoxall@hotmail.com
07866 891638 

"I have taught the guitar, bass and ukele in various school across Kent since 2008. I have always believed that playing music should be an escape from the normal working day and therefore, try to make the lessons as fun and enthusiastic as possible. I also teach performing skills and songwriting for GCSE and A level students.

Dannydrums

dannydrums@outlook.com
07958 572749

Music Clubs

 


MONDAY


TUESDAY


WEDNESDAY


THURSDAY


FRIDAY

Lunchtime

Minstrels
Recital Room
1.30pm

 

Instrumental Ensemble
Recital Room 1.30pm

Year 7 & 8 Singers

1.40pm

Rock Band Rehearsals

1.30pm

After school

GCSE Theory & Coursework Club

 

 

 

 

 


MONDAY


TUESDAY


THURSDAY


FRIDAY

Singing lessons

Drum lessons

Violin lessons

Flute lessons

Piano lessons

Guitar lessons

Guitar lessons

 

Performing Arts

BTEC National Level 3 Performing Arts - KS5

  • Double Award (equivalent to 2 A-Levels) 
  • Single Award (equivalent to 1 A-Level) 

This course is designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. The qualification provides opportunities to progress to higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related fields of study, with universities and other institutions.  It also provides full-time learners with the opportunity to enter employment in the performing arts sector. Assignment briefs provide learners with realistic, work-based scenarios and projects.  We endeavour to forge links and relationships between local and national practitioners. Learners are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, taking into account industry standards for behaviour and performance.

 

Useful Links

Dance Organisations

www.cdet.org.uk
Council for Dance Education and Training - the quality assurance agency of the professional dance and musical theatre industries

www.dance4.co.uk
Dance 4 - National Dance Agency (NDA), an internationally recognised experimental dance organisation in Nottingham and partner organisation for Youth Dance England in the East Midlands Region.

www.dancebase.co.uk
Dance Base - Scotland's National Centre for Dance.

www.dancecity.co.uk
Dance City - The National Dance Agency for the north east of England, based in Newcastle upon Tyne and partner organisation for Youth Dance England in the north east region.

www.danceorganisations.org
A simple guide to the work of some of the UK based dance organisations that operate across either England, the UK or internationally.

www.danceeast.co.uk
Dance East - NDA in Ipswich, Suffolk.

www.danceschools-uk.co.uk
Directory of dance schools throughout the UK.

www.dancesouthwest.org.uk

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