Within our popular Musical Theatre Sessions, pupils work intensively in all areas of the Performing Arts, transferring skills learnt in each discipline. Whilst the emphasis is placed on having lots of fun at the same time as learning new skills, we recommended this class to those pupils who enjoy all aspects of performing and are willing to work at a fast pace.
This is a high energy session taught by three different specialists in Acting, Singing and Dancing. This allows the children to learn a vast array of skills in Musical Theatre from our very professional teachers. Class sizes are kept in line with Ofsted regulations in order to ensure EVERY child receives the focus and individual nurturing they require. All teachers are regularly DBS checked and First Aid trained for complete peace of mind.Read more
classes children focus on voice work, speech, correct breathing, characterisation, accents, physical theatre, mime, improvisation, both film and stage training, script work, sight reading, emotional response, and much more besides.
Singing classes primarily focus on musical theatre songs and techniques, however children will also study a wide range of styles from classical to pop as this enables them to fully understand their voice and how it can be used in a variety of different ways. Harmony work within groups is essential in training children to understand the mechanics behind music and how they can work together to create a professional sound. Breathing, voice projection, diaphragmatic support, tone placement, vibrato and dynamics are just some of the areas worked on in order to create accomplished singers at Swish.
Jazz dance classes form the basis of technique for Pop and Musical Theatre dance. Strong emphasis is placed on poise, technique and core strength, as well as performance and expression of movement. Pupils will also look at creative movement qualities, rhythm and coordination. A large repertoire of Musical Theatre and Pop styles will be explored and choreographed from Matilda to Thriller!
Pupils will learn songs, routines and scripts from popular musicals in order to enhance performance and memory skills.
Optional Solo LAMDA Musical Theatre examinations are also covered within normal class time.
The highly structured classes are a firm foundation for not just Musical Theatre, but are paramount in teaching life skills from powerful and clear speech to strong poise and confidence in everyday situations. By using individual accredited examinations, by the age of 14, the majority of students will already have gained the equivalent of an A-Level in these classes!
You will also get the opportunity to see your child perform on stage in the theatre in our annual showcase as well as having the option to audition for our annual full scale musical at The Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth.
We also offer examination classes in LAMDA Acting and RAD Ballet classes at Swish and these can be taken in addition to our Musical Theatre Sessions.