Music and Performing Arts


Music is a compulsory subject taught to all students in years 7 and 8.


In Key Stage 3 the curriculum is organised into topic areas for one hour per week. All groups are mixed ability. All students will take part in Vocal, Keyboard, Drum and Guitar activities.
Topics covered include:
Guitar styles and Performance
The development of the Pop song
Composing Media Tracks using Garageband
Structure in Music
Film Music
Music and Emotion
Blues and Jazz
Song Creation

Year 9

Students may opt to study GCSE music in Year 9, following the Edexcel GCSE Music Syllabus Topics include:
Performing and Practice Techniques
Composing to a Set Brief and Free Choice Composition
Study of Set Works 4


Students are taught composition, perform solo and as part of an ensemble and prepare for the listening exam by listening to and appraising music throughout the course
The music department offersclassroom based tuition on keyboards, guitar, singing and drumming. There is a school choir called Voice Collective which runs during Period 6 until 3:15, where all are welcome, staff and students alike.


Ensembles include:
Voice Collective
Percussion Ensemble
Woodwind Ensemble
Guitar Group
Jazz Ensemble
Brass Ensemble
Flute Choir
Clarinet Ensemble
String Ensemble
Saxophone Quartet
Student Led Bands
A Cafella Boys Vocal Group


The Kingston Upon Hull Music Service provides specialist tuition in Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Upper & Lower Strings, Guitars (including Bass), Vocals and Piano. There is a yearly fee payable, due in termly instalments. These lessons are taught during the school day and are subsidised for the most part by the school.
We are very proud to have well over 10% of all Kelvin Hall Students receiving Instrumental/Vocal lessons in addition to their curriculum music lessons.


Performing Arts


Drama is a compulsory subject in years 7 and 8 and is an option subject in years 9, 10 and 11.


Years 7 and 8 follow a complete Drama course including: physical theatre; acting skills and techniques; theatre genres; and script interpretation and devising. The main focus in drama lessons at this stage of the curriculum is to encourage students to work together to build their confidence and communication skills.


In years 9, 10 and 11 students have the option to work towards a GCSE or BTEC in drama or dance focusing on both practical skills, as well as developing knowledge about theatre practitioners and playwrights/ choreographers.


There are extensive opportunities for students to develop their acting and dance skills as part of a varied extra-curricular programme including ‘Rock Challenge’, school productions and participation in the Shakespeare School's Festival at Hull Truck Theatre.

Key Stage 4 Drama 

WHAT is this subject about?
The aim is for you to become a confident and imaginative performer, learning through practical exploration what makes a successful piece of theatre. Throughout the course you will learn to act in a range of different styles and have the opportunity to perform a variety of pieces to live audiences.


WHY should I choose this subject?
Confidence and public speaking is an essential skill in a variety of different jobs and situations in life. Drama develops your vocal skills including projection, intonation and clarity to ensure you are confident when speaking in front of others. Creative thinking and problem solving are two other skills that are developed throughout the course. In addition,drama is highly enjoyable and gives you the chance to develop a wide range of personal skills.


WHEN and HOW am I assessed?
During years 9, 10 & 11 you will take part in a number of practical performances to live audiences. Your two most successful pieces of work will be used as your final coursework and form 60% of your final grade. There is a written exam at the end of Year 11 based on the practical work completed during the course which is worth 40 per cent of your final mark.


WHICH subjects should I have an aptitude in?
An interest in both Drama and English is a major benefit. Please bear in mind that you have to perform in front of a live audience at several points throughout the course.


WHERE could this subject take me in the future?
You could go on to study A Level Drama or Theatre Studies or Level 3 BTEC in Performing Arts at college. These subjects can provide a successful pathway into Drama College / University and on to a possible career in Performing Arts.


Key Stage 4
Performing Arts (Dance)

WHAT is this subject about?
The aim is for you to become a confident, versatile dancer, capable of performing in a range of different dance styles. Throughout the course you will learn about how the dance industry works, what pathways there are for a career in dance plus you have a range of opportunities to dance in front of a live audience.


WHY should I choose this subject?
Dance is a creative art form that helps to work on teamwork and problem solving skills. It also helps build confidence and promotes a healthy active lifestyle whilst having fun.


WHEN and HOW am I assessed?
In Year 9 and 10 you will build on your technical dance skills and work towards an end of year practical project which you perform to a live audience and create an accompanying portfolio of work (25 per cent of final grade). You  will also perform two solo dances and write a letter of application for a job which will be assessed externally (25 per cent). Your final assessment will be performing in at least three dance numbers to a live audience where you will be assessed on your practical skills. You are required to show your improvement by setting yourself targets as part of this unit. (50 per cent)


WHICH subjects should I have an aptitude in?
Obviously an interest in Dance is key; however skills in Drama and PE are also beneficial. Please be aware that you have to perform in front of a live audience as part of this course.


WHERE could this subject take me in the future?
BTEC Dance leads onto a number of further education courses such as A Level Dance and BTEC Performing Arts Level Three. It can also help to get onto a professional Post-16 or Post-18 dance training course.


Kelvin Hall School, Bricknell Avenue, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU5 4QH


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