In addition to the College's curriculum based opportunities for all boys in Music, Drama and Dance, many boys across the College are involved extensively in Performing Arts activities outside the classroom.
The Music Department at Scots is striving to become a world leader in the delivery of music education programs for boys. Around 600 boys across the College elect to participate in music-learning activities over and above their mandatory curricular music classes.
Music at Scots is a safe environment with expert guidance for every boy to develop a deep love for, and value of music regardless of their existing skill level or future musical aspirations. The Music Department engages boys' imaginations and fosters their creativity through experiential learning opportunities that guide boys' investigations of music as a form of self-expression for individuals and through teams. We firmly believe that there is a place for music in every boy's life, and that creative, tangible music-learning experiences are both life changing and God honouring.
Musical opportunities at the College include an ensemble-based program where boys first become members of a core ensemble appropriate for their instrument type and level of ability. In these ensembles, boys begin applying to a group context the individual instrumental skills learned in private lessons such as tone production, articulation and dynamical control while they also hone their analytical listening. Boys will develop ensemble skills such as balance, blend, and intonation as well as refining their idea of teamwork as it relates to musical performance.
Music at Scots offers experiences in Chapel Music, Chamber Music, Jazz, Keyboard Studies, Rock Bands and Contemporary Music, String Ensembles, Symphonic Wind Bands, Symphony Orchestra, Vocal Studies, and Percussion Ensembles. All groups perform regularly both within and external to the College and our ensemble touring program is a highlight for many boys.
Preparatory boys from Cubs to Year 6 enjoy weekly curricular Drama classes and performing for their peers. Various extension opportunities also exist for boys to take to the stage in Musicals, Chapel and Assembly presentations, and Extra Curricular groups. Junior students also love collaborating with Senior Drama students on special projects, embracing the Transition to Year 12 nature of the College.
In the Senior School, Drama opportunities outside the classroom include a range of production opportunities such as the annual Junior and Senior Plays, as well as our regular Musical Theatre productions. Similarly, a large Co-Curricular Drama program on Monday afternoons runs weekly for boys from Years 8 to 12. Entry to Co-Curricular Drama is by audition only, however success is based on commitment and effort rather than talent alone. In this program, boys gain exposure to a wide variety of dramatic genres as they work in small groups to prepare for performance in Improvisation, Script, Sketch, Puppetry, Circus, Script Writing, Dance and more. Co-Curricular Drama enjoys great success in many external performances and state-wide competitions with representation in Theatresports and Drama Eisteddfods.
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Dance has a large presence in the Preparatory School at Scots. In addition to the weekly Dance and Drama lessons taught by specialist teachers, boys identified to benefit from extension are invited to participate in one of two performance troupes that operate before the school day. Dance also runs across four afternoons as part of the Preparatory School's Extra Curricular Activity program. These dedicated classes are offered from Kindergarten to Year 6 and include the dance genres of Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Contemporary. Boys in this program are invited to participate in frequent public performance and competitions. Preparatory school boys are also offered several opportunities for performance in Dance (and Drama) through Musical Theatre productions in Year 1 and 6, a Year 2 to 5 Annual Dance showcase, and at the ELC Showcase.
In the Senior School, Dance operates under the umbrella of the Co-Curricular Drama program. All Co- Curricular Drama students participate in Dance workshops throughout the year, taught by industry professionals. The program also offers a dedicated Hip Hop Crew who perform at various College events and enjoy regular success in competition.
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