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

Drama: All the World’s a Stage Act I, Scene 1

Drama Level 1 is a course where students get to perform in a range of drama activities. If you enjoy any kind of drama performance this is the subject for you. Students will be involved in learning a range of skills such as acting techniques, devising, working with scripts, performance and stagecraft. Students will do some theory work when they study a theatre form and understand how others use drama features in performance. They will also learn useful life skills like collaboration, creativity and expression.

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

Level 2

Drama: All the World’s a Stage Act II, Scene 2

This course is for anyone who enjoys drama performance of any kind. It is a practical course with some theory. Students will develop advanced skills in areas such as devising, working with scripts/significant plays, performing, directing, writing scripts and acting techniques. Students will study a complex theatre form and gain an in-depth understanding of how others use drama aspects effectively in performance. There will be a range of opportunities for live performance. Students will also learn collaboration, creativity and cognitive thinking skills.

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

Level 3

Drama: All the World’s a Stage Act III, Scene 3

This is a practical performance course with theory related to a comprehensive study of all aspects of drama. Students will develop advanced skills in areas such as solo devising, interpreting significant plays, directing, writing scripts and drama performance techniques. Students will also study a complex theatre form and a drama practitioner. They will gain an in-depth and insightful understanding of how others use drama aspects effectively in performance. Students will also learn excellent collaboration, creativity and cognitive thinking skills.

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

Level 1, 2, 3

Music: Making Music: To be a Composer/Songwriter/Arranger

This is a course for students whose passion is to pursue learning the art of composing original music. Students will be able to create instrumental pieces, craft lyrics and write songs either individually or in collaboration with others. Students will learn how to create music for specific purposes or events and how to structure and express their musical ideas. Students will explore ways to notate (represent) and record their musical ideas and intentions using a range of appropriate technologies and computer applications. Students who have more advanced skills and confidence will also be able to learn the art of instrumentation, orchestration and arranging.

Students at all levels will learn the Foundation Skills and Knowledge they need to enable them to become better musicians.

This is an internally assessed course offering a range of Achievement and Unit Standards at each level. Students would be able to take this course as a full year course or as a half year semester course before moving to a further Music semester course or another semester subject.

  • Leads to: Music at a higher level, Scholarship Music, tertiary/university study, performance careers, entertaining, teaching, music therapy, music theatre, dance/drama, sound technician, personal enjoyment 
  • Cost and Materials: Music tuition is strongly advised as a co-requisite for this course. The HGHS MusicTuition Scheme is available to students for $200 per year.
  • Entry Requirements: The student should have some prior experience on an instrument/voice and havecompleted an appropriate course of music tuition prior to joining the class.(The level should be discussed with the HOD Music)
  • Teacher in Charge: Mrs A Frankum
  • UE Approved

Music: Making Music: To be a Performer

This is a course for students whose passion is to become a performing musician. Students will be able to develop their performance skills and techniques on their instrument(s) through regular, focussed and effective practice. They will be able to extend their repertoire and gain experience and confidence by performing both as a soloist and by working with others as a member of a group. Students will learn how to interpret their repertoire by listening to more advanced performers and by evaluating their performances. Students will learn how to set up and use technology to enhance a performance/event, e.g. PA system, using microphones, looping technology, etc.  

Students at all levels will learn the Foundation Skills and Knowledge they need to enable them to become better musicians.

This is an internally assessed course offering a range of Achievement and Unit Standards at each level. Students would be able to take this course as a full year course or as a half year semester course before moving to a further Music semester course or another semester subject. 

  • Leads to: Music at a higher level, Scholarship Music, tertiary/university study, performance careers, entertaining, teaching, music therapy, music theatre, dance/drama, sound technician, personal enjoyment 
  • Cost and Materials: Music tuition is strongly advised as a co-requisite for this course. The HGHS MusicTuition Scheme is available to students for $200 per year.
  • Entry Requirements: The student should have some prior experience on an instrument/voice and havecompleted an appropriate course of music tuition prior to joining the class.(The level should be discussed with the HOD Music)
  • Teacher in Charge: Mrs A Frankum
  • UE Approved

Music: Music Studies: To be a Music Researcher

This is a course for students who love music and whose passion is finding out all about how music inspires those who create, perform and listen to it. Students will learn about contexts, styles, genres, musical eras and the expressive qualities of music. Students will listen to music, attend live concerts, analyse music, carry out research, write reports and study inspirational works of musical merit. They will be involved in carrying out tasks that require them to develop their investigative skills and to offer educated opinion through critiques and reviews of recordings, musical works and performances. 

Students at all levels will learn the Foundation Skills and Knowledge they need to enable them to become better musicians. 

This is an internally and externally assessed course offering a range of
Achievement Standards at each level. Students would be able to take this course
as a full year course or as a half year semester course before moving to a further
Music semester course or another semester subject.

  • Leads to: Music at a higher level, Scholarship Music, tertiary/ university study, teaching, reviewer/critic, radio presenter, event manager, music journalist
  • Cost and Materials: There may be some cost involved in attending some concerts
  • Entry Requirements: The student should have some prior experience learning music and have developedsome foundation skills prior to joining the class. (The level should bediscussed with the HOD Music)
  • Teacher in Charge: Mrs A Frankum

FUTURE CAREERS

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