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Specialist and Elite Programs - Specialist Performing Arts
Why performing arts?
The Performing Arts Course has been established to develop creativity in a number of disciplines for young men and women. It also provides them with general vocational skills related to employment in the performing arts industry. Skills taught are transferable and may be adapted to many alternative pathways.
The course focuses specifically on Dance, Drama and Music (Instrumental and General) and has a strong focus in technology and the concept of problem-solving during the design process. It provides enterprise opportunities in keeping with current educational trends.
Students who enrol in the Performing Arts Course will gain a strong general education as well as the opportunity to extend themselves in their area of talent and interest.
The course does not train students for a specific job but rather provides transferable knowledge and skills for young people who may wish to pursue a career in a variety of specialty areas.
Whilst the course is vocationally useful, it is also enriching in the sense of personal development, both aesthetic and practical, through its development of life skills, Imagination, creativity, a commitment to quality, adaptability and flexibility. These skills enhance self-confidence, initiative and maturity and provide a realistic understanding of vocational requirements.
What does the Performing Arts course offer?
The aim of the specialist Performing Arts Course is to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills and creativity within the disciplines of dance, drama and music.
• Provide students with a background in the fundamental skills of movement
• Develop student’s ability to create, perform and appreciate dance within its historical and multicultural context
• Develop choreography skills and ideas with the aid of dance professionals, workshops and live performances
• Provide a unique opportunity to develop physically, creatively, aesthetically, emotionally and intellectually through the medium of dance
• Explore theatre from different eras and of different styles
• Develop improvisation and acting skills
• Be encouraged to participate fully in productions
• Engage in workshops and master classes with industry professionals
• Experience professional productions both in and out of school
• Explore the concepts of music through a wide range of genres and repertoire
• Develop knowledge and skills in music theory
• Develop and extend aural skills
• Develop performance skills and take part in a variety of performances and workshops
What does studying Performing Arts at Wanneroo SHS involve?
In lower school the Performing Arts course involves 4 hours specialist study covering two disciplines per week. The Performing Arts program is a practical subject and regular attendance and participation is necessary for achievement. Students are also expected to participate in rehearsals and productions, many of which will be out of school hours.
How can I be a part of the Performing Arts Course?
Young people wishing to apply for specialist Performing Arts study at Wanneroo SHS can enter at Year 8 and at other years, subject to availability of positions. Applicants need to complete an application form found in the Wanneroo SHS Performing Arts Prospectus which they can access via the school’s special mail out to all primary schools in term 2 each year or by accessing the following web address: www.wannerooshs.det.wa.edu.au Successful applicants will be informed by mail.