ABOUT OUR EDUCATION FRAMEWORK
The Benefits of Performing Arts
1) OUR LISTENING SKILLS IMPROVE
On stage we must listen to the dialogue and sounds happening around us to hear our cue lines, or to react. As musicians we are trained to use our aural skills to sift through the acoustic textures of sound on an everyday basis, and this translates to a focus on pitch and timbre in emotional sound. The listening skills we develop also benefit us outside performing arts; in schools, work, and our friendship group.
2) OUR IMPROVISATION SKILLS IMPROVE
Improvisation is making things up on the spot. As performers we learn to do this to build up confidence and it can help if something doesn't go to plan on stage or in a performance . As musicians we are often asked to fill a spot with a solo improvisation. Improvisation skills can also be useful in later life when attending job interviews, and public speaking.
3) OUR CONFIDENCE INCREASES
At Thespian Arts we integrate confidence building into all of our sessions. We love to see our members grow from being reserved to being confident, creative children both in session and at home. This can be shown through performing on stage but also by being able to improvise, volunteering for things, and push themselves out of their comfort zones.
5) WE BECOME MORE RESILIENT
Performing arts can be used as a tool to improve resilience within young people, for example, performers can sometimes have knock backs like not being successful in auditions, not picking up a skill straight away, or being given a challenging task. It takes determination and resilience to work through these challenges and thats what we encourage at Thespian Arts.
Community Projects and Instrument Lessons
At Thespian Arts we have worked hard to ensure that all of our members benefit in their chosen discipline. Each project has its own educational framework, which is followed and taught at all of our branches. We regularly update the framework to meet the current needs of the community and the industries.
For our community projects and instrument learning we have an internal framework which we follow called 'Thespian Arts Progression Levels'. Each discipline has its own progression level which our students work towards, with the aim that over their time with us, they develop the ability and understanding to be professionals in their chosen discipline.
Our tutors integrate the progression levels into their sessions whilst still working towards regular productions and performances, thus ensuring there is a good balance between theoretical and practical learning. It also keeps the projects fun for our members so they want to come back each week! Each year we have a 'Thespian Arts Awards Evening' where we celebrate the achievements of our members.
Please choose the discipline below to view the detailed progression levels:
We have worked in collaboration with local schools to develop a 'Performing Arts Curriculum' and relevant schemes of work which meets the needs and wants of our school clients and its pupils. We continue to develop these systems and aim to be able to provide an online system which schools can use to deliver our curriculum. The system will detail the curriculum requirements, it will feature a breakdown of the relevant schemes of work and give lesson plans (including resources) for all key stage year groups. This is a big piece of work which requires all hands on deck.... it will be coming soon...
Our progression levels are also used for delivering instrument learning in schools.
Exams and Qualifications
As well as students working towards the Thespian Progression Level system, we are able to deliver learning towards official qualifications.
We work closely with the following arts, music and drama awarding bodies:
The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art is one of the UK’s oldest drama schools. LAMDA- accredited exams are highly prestigious and can count towards the UCAS points system when applying to universities and colleges.
Trinity College London
Trinity College London (formerly the Guildhall School of Music and Drama) is the international exam board for the performing arts. It has been offering accreditation in the performing arts since 1877.
Rock School Ltd is a globally recognised, specialist awarding body for the performing arts. Students can study for and gain qualifications in musical instruments and theory, musical theatre, music and performance teaching, as well as vocational qualifications.
ABRSM is the world’s leading provider of music exams, delivering more than 600,000 assessments in 90 countries every year. In partnership with four Royal Schools of Music, ABRSM exists to inspire musical achievement, and supports the music education sector from grassroots to conservatoire level through its programme of donations, scholarships and sponsorship. Singing for Musical Theatre exams are available via two routes – face-to-face Practical Grades and digital Performance Grades.