Performing Arts

 

"Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art."
Constantin Stanislavski.

 

Staff

  • Head of Performing Arts – Mrs G. Brooks
  • Second in Performing Arts – Miss S. Mason
  • Teacher of Drama & Key Stage 3 Performing Arts – Mrs. E. Edwards
  • Teacher of year 13 Music Technology– Mr C. Gymer

Performing Arts is an integral, dynamic and growing department at Maidstone Grammar School.  All students, from experienced performers to complete novices, are encouraged to develop and explore their musical and dramatic talents.  Our students enjoy Performing Arts as part of their curriculum from their arrival in Year 7, and have the option of continuing onto Key Stage 4 and 5.

Courses Followed

Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4 & 5

At Key Stage 4, we offer GCSE Drama and Music.  At Key Stage 5,we offer A level Music and Music Technology.

GCSE Drama
GCSE Music
Key Stage 5

Extra-curricular Performing Arts

Showcases take place at least twice per year.  This is in addition to GCSE events and whole school productions.  These include musical performances (classical, contemporary and rock are all popular in the school) as well as performances by singers, dancers, magicians and actors.  In recent years the school has staged productions of ‘Zorro!’, ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘O, What a Lovely War!’.  This year’s production is ‘School of Rock’. 

Recently the lower school took part in the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival and performed an abridged version of ‘Julius Caesar’.   

Many students also take part in lunchtime concerts or use our practice rooms to rehearse. A significant number of students learn to play musical instruments in school with lessons delivered by peripatetic music teachers. The Singing Club practices and performs a variety of vocal pieces - both choral classics and more contemporary works- including, most recently, ‘Photograph’ by Ed Sheeran.  Students are also welcome to take part in our Concert Wind Band, or perform as part of our Gaudeamus Brass Band.  We do have some bursary assistance available to support students who wish to learn an instrument, but need some financial support.  In addition to this, several of our Sixth Form are ‘Music Mentors’, and have fortnightly lessons teaching an instrument to a member of the lower school.

We are delighted to offer a wide range of opportunities to help students explore their musical and theatrical talents.  MGS Performing Arts rocks!