I was not sure what to expect with starting this module as I am not very confident in performing arts areas like drama and music, however I feel more confident in the art and design element of performing arts. In our first lecture it was made clear that experience and confidence in these areas is not an essential part of learning, as long as we are open to trying new things. This has somewhat put me at ease about doing this module, however I am not a confident person with new things, particularly with performing arts as I know it is completely out of my comfort zone, so I am nervous about this module.
The first lecture was based around music and drama in a primary classroom, which I do not have much confidence in and it was not my favourite element from a previous module last year. I have little experience in doing music and drama lessons, however I have some experience working with a music teacher when I was on placement in college in a class of students with additional support needs.
In our introduction lecture, we watched a clip of a lecture about the importance of writing and creative drawing over typing, where he noted the importance of the connection made between pen and paper and the lack of connection when typing or using a computer. This lecture was lead by Professor Tim Ingold without the use of any technology.
The first workshop we had was Drama with Angela where we discussed the various methods used by teachers to integrate drama into other lessons such as literacy and social sciences subjects. This allowed me to understand further how teachers use drama to further learning in other areas of education to help a child express themselves and develop new skills and improve on existing communication and imagination skills.
Our second workshop was music based where we listened to a piece of music and, in groups, created a storyboard to relate to the style of music. This element of the workshop could be related to Bloom’s Taxonomy – listening to the music, understanding the music, applying this to a storyboard and creating a story.