PERFORMING ARTS

Performing Arts subjects such as Drama and Music, are a powerful form of personal, social and cultural expression. As expressions of culture, the Performing Arts pass on and renew our heritage and traditions and help to shape our sense of identity.

They recognise, value and contribute to the unique bicultural and multicultural character of Aotearoa
New Zealand. They give students a unique way to create ideas and images that reflect, communicate and change their views of the world. They challenge our perceptions, uplift and entertain us and enrich our emotional and spiritual lives.

Studying a Performing Art stimulates imagination, thinking and understanding and allows students the opportunity to discover, explore and pursue their passions and interests. Essential skills to be learned through an involvement in Performing Arts include creativity, collaboration, co-operation, innovation, critical thinking, adaptability, performance preparation, presentation skills, personal achievement, confidence, perseverance, resilience.

There are many Performing Arts related fields of employment that naturally grow from courses in the Performing Arts (e.g. actor, theatre, television, musician, composer, teaching, film making, reviewer) but many people also pursue careers outside the arts using the analytical, creative, co-operative,entrepreneurial and problem solving skills that have been enhanced through a learning that is grounded in the Performing Arts.

LEVEL 1, 2, 3

Music Performance: Let's Play!

This music course is highly practical. You will be singing or playing every lesson either in groupwork or as a soloist. The focus is on learning how to pull music apart and how to put it back together in your own way. You will learn to be a confident and skilled musician who has a type of music in which you excel, but also has the courage and knowledge to give all types of music a go. 

Using the music that you play/sing, you will learn about the mechanics of different musical styles and genres. You will start to make connections between music that you hear in films, on the stage, in games, on streaming platforms and apply these to your own work. 

All Performance Music classes are multi-leveled and will look at music with various degrees of complexity (from introductory to advance levels) in the following contexts:

  • Song-writing through the ages and across the world
  • Storytelling through music
  • Tapestry of sound
  • Written sound

You will have the opportunity to choose the music that you perform and study, alongside class set works.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements, however all students will be required to undertake private tuition in the primary instrument (or voice) of their choice. This will be either through the HGHS Music tuition programme (free of charge) or with an external private tutor of your choice.
Leads to: Levels 2, 3 and Scholarship Music
Teacher in Charge: Ms K Harding

UE Approved

Music Composition: Let's Write!

Whilst everyone will have the opportunity to learn basic composition skills in all Music classes, an additional Music class will be offered for composition specialists (depending on enrolment numbers). The same musical contexts will be studied, however the focus will be on creating original works of music through using improvisation, notation and recording technology.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements, however all students will be required to undertake private tuition in the primary instrument (or voice) of their choice. This will be either through the HGHS Music tuition programme (free of charge) or with an external private tutor of your choice.
Leads to: Levels 2, 3 and Scholarship Music
Teacher in Charge: Ms K Harding

UE Approved

Drama and Production Skills: On stage and backstage

Our Level 1 Drama and Production Skills course is tailored to the interests and needs of our girls. Whether you want to specialise in a particular area of drama or production, the Drama course provides the skill and knowledge development to allow you to be the best drama practitioner you can be, both to achieve at NCEA Level 1 and to become involved in the world of theatre.

Some of the areas and skills you can choose between are:

  • performing solo or group drama performances 
  • developing rehearsal and performance skills and techniques
  • writing scripts, devising your own drama pieces and learning to direct others
  • learning about different types of theatre forms
  • exploring the different skills and roles that exist in performance, theatre and film
  • gaining knowledge and experience of stage makeup
  • gaining knowledge and experience of designing and creating costume for theatre and film
  • gaining knowledge and experience of stage lighting and sound and how to use them in performance
  • gaining knowledge and experience of using and creating props and sets 

You will also be exposed to professional performances and have the opportunity to interact with professionals working in their fields. 

You will also learn useful life skills like collaboration, creativity, problem solving, communication and expression.

Cost and Materials: $30 for theatre trips (optional)
Entry Requirements: Interest in drama and performing
Leads to: Level 2 Drama, Scholarship Drama, personal enjoyment, numerous careers, university study
Teacher in Charge: Mrs E Miller-Matcham

Drama: Playing your Part

Our Level 2 Drama course is tailored to the interests and needs of our girls. The Drama course provides the skill and knowledge development to allow you to be the best drama practitioner you can be, both to achieve at NCEA Level 2 and to become involved in the world of theatre.

Some of the areas and skills you can study are:

  • performing solo or group drama performances
  • rehearsal and performance skills and techniques
  • writing scripts, devising your own drama pieces and learning to direct others
  • in-depth understanding of a complex theatre form
  • exploring the different skills and roles that exist in performance, theatre and film 

You will also be exposed to professional performances and have the opportunity to interact with professionals working in their fields. 

You will also learn useful life skills like collaboration, creativity, problem solving, communication and expression.

Cost and Materials: $30 for theatre trips (optional)
Entry Requirements: Level 1 Drama helpful but not essential
Leads to: Level 3 Drama, Scholarship Drama, personal enjoyment, numerous careers, university study
Teacher in Charge: Mrs E Miller-Matcham

From the Page to the Stage: English and Drama

This course will take up TWO lines on your timetable. This course offers our girls the opportunity to link the learning they have in English with the learning that takes place in drama. This course will have an English teacher and drama teacher who will work closely together to design a programme of study that uses the links between English and drama in a fun and engaging way. Through this course you can gain up to 36 credits and have the opportunity to gain UE Literacy. If you find that learning through practical activities helps you with your writing and reading skills then this is a good course for you. 

Some of the areas and skills that will be covered by this course are:

  • performing solo or group drama performances
  • rehearsal and performance skills and techniques
  • writing scripts, devising your own drama pieces and learning to direct others
  • in-depth understanding of a complex theatre form
  • exploring the different skills and roles that exist in performance, theatre and film
  • develop writing skills including how to craft writing for specific purposes
  • explore connections across a range of texts
  • respond to a variety of plays, films and other written texts
  • research a topic that is relevant to drama and/or English

You will also be exposed to professional performances and have the opportunity to interact with professionals working in their fields. 

You will also learn useful life skills like collaboration, creativity, problem solving, communication and expression.

Cost and Materials: $30 for theatre trips (optional)
Entry Requirements:
 No entry requirements
Leads to: Level 3 Drama, Level 3 English
Teachers in Charge: Mrs M Jarden, Mrs E Miller-Matcham

Drama: All the World’s a Stage

Our Level 3 Drama course is tailored to the interests and needs of our girls. The Drama course provides the skill and knowledge development to allow you to be the best drama practitioner you can be, both to achieve at NCEA Level 3 and to become fully engaged in the world of theatre.

Some of the areas and skills you can study are:

  • performing solo or group drama performances
  • advanced rehearsal and performance skills and techniques
  • devising your own conceptual drama pieces
  • interpreting significant plays
  • writing one-act play scripts
  • learning to direct others
  • in-depth and insightful understanding of a complex theatre form or drama practitioner

You will also be exposed to professional performances and have the opportunity to interact with professionals working in their fields. 

You will also learn useful life skills like collaboration, creativity, problem solving, communication and expression.

Cost and Materials: $30 for theatre trips (optional)
Entry Requirements: Level 2 recommended but not essential
Leads to: Scholarship Drama (to be taught in conjunction with Level 3), numerous careers, university study, personal enjoyment
Teacher in Charge: Mrs E Miller-Matcham

UE Approved

Actor, Arts administrator/management (includes box office, concert series, programming house manager), Conductor, Band/choral director (schools, military, theatre, community, resorts, cruise companies), Performer or Collaborative musician (orchestra, accompanist, repetiteur, musical theatre, recording/session musician), Copyist, transcriber, arranger, Designer (sets, costumes, lighting), Wardrobe designer/manager, Digital score recordist/Media development, DJ, Director (film, theatre, TV), Educator (K-12, college, university, conservatory, religious organizations, private studio), Electronic and Digital production and design (including audio engineering, mastering, mixing, music directing, producing, program directing, programming, recording engineer, studio manager, MIDI technician), Entertainment lawyer; music business lawyer, Entertainment journalist, features writer, Event production, management, planning, direction, Film scoring (Composing, editing, supervising, arranging/adapting, mixing, conducting, orchestrating, synthesis specialist, theme specialist), Fundraiser, grant writer, Instrument builder, designer, tuner, Librarian, Lyricist, Make-up Artist, Marketing/promotion, Music agent/artist representative/talent representation (booking, management), Music critic or reviewer, Music for game development, Music licensing, publishing and clearance, Social worker, Music therapist (injury prevention and intervention), Youth and community worker, Public relations agent or coordinator, Radio/TV – programming, research, management, Songwriter/producer (including composer, lyricist, producer; jingle writing for television, radio and internet; freelance work; librettist), Screen writer (film, TV, advertising), Playwright, Sound mastering/recording (Sound engineer, producer, technician)