When thinking about musicals, many people immediately think of the classic musicals such as 'Cats', 'Phantom of the Opera', and 'The Lion King'. How far is it possible to use musicals to enrich learning experience of students?
What is Musical?
Why Musical Performance?
How to include musical performance
in the teaching learning process?
What is Musical?
Musicals are the genre of performance arts, which combine singing, speaking and dancing. By using songs, dialogue, music and dramatic artistry, the plot and the characters’ emotion and feelings are fully conveyed to the audience.
Using musical drama to teach children is a well-established educational practice and is often seen as one element of holistic education. Musicals can develop students’ learning in a variety of ways including improving their speaking, singing and dancing skills. Moreover, it can have a profound impact on stimulating the students’ imagination, inspiring creativity and augmenting their self-confidence.
ISA Tianhe School has always been committed to creating an all-round learning community and providing a balanced education system for students. In the past school year, ISA Tianhe School has included musical performance in the teaching learning process with the intention of extending the educational experience of all our students.
In the International Baccalaureate Curriculum, there are six transdisciplinary themes. Teachers aim to link the classes musical performance to the UOI theme that they are exploring in class. In this way, students can develop a deeper understanding of the topic that they are working on. The variety of activities included in any musical production provides many opportunities to offer new experience to the students. For example, the teachers will assign roles for students to carry out and tasks for them to perform. These may include the creation of props andscenery, casting roles and musical arrangement. Tasks given to students are designed to develop their creativity and practical skills. Frequent rehearsals and the necessity of learning lines also have the effect of improving the students English language proficiency.
At ISA, the school encourages students to express themselves and provides many opportunities for students. From EY1, students have the opportunity to perform at the weekly assembly. In addition, the school also organizes various events such as "ISA Festival" and "International Children's Day Celebration" to give students the opportunity to stand on the stage and perform in front of an audience.