Performing Arts

Head of Faculty: Mrs J Astley-Jones

The Performing Arts faculty is a combination of Music, Music Technology & Drama.

The Performing Arts Faculty at Denbigh offers a broad spread of Music and Drama Skills at Years 7-9. This includes performing and studying important aspects of each subject. At Years 10-11, students can choose Music and Drama as option subjects and if continued at Years 12-13, Music, Music Technology and Theatre Studies courses are available. The Performing Arts Faculty are instrumental in running lessons on a range of different instruments as well as planning, organising & producing popular annual events like the Talent Contest, Schools Shakespeare and the School Production as well as donating time after school to provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities where students can further develop their skills.


Music is a powerful form of communication. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. It is an integral part of culture, past and present, and helps students understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.

The teaching of music at Denbigh develops the student's ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and encourages active involvement in different forms of music making, both individual and communal. Students will study, create and perform music across a broad range of genres and cultural backgrounds. Music helps to increase self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment. The extra curricular programme complements the Years 7-9, Years 10-11 and Years 12-13 curriculum.

Music Technology:

Music Technology is the study and application of Technology within music. Modern music and its distribution is heavily reliant on technology and has been ever since people began to record musical performances. At Denbigh, the Years 7-9 & Years 10-11 curriculum is supplemented by the use of technology including computer software, keyboards and basic recording. At Years 12-13, there is the option to do a full A level course in Music Technology which gives students access to a full and deep study of technology and music production.


Drama is an effective way for students to study, practise and develop valuable life skills. Communication, interaction, cultural differences, behaviour, citizenship and social responsibility are just some of the topics embedded within the study of theatrical performance. In Drama programmes of study are designed to allow students to develop a creative and imaginative response to a given stimulus. Students work individually, in pairs or in bigger groups to explore Drama skills on different levels. Students also study plays and theatre practitioners. Students will also study the history of the theatre and technical skills such as lighting, sound and set design. The Extra-curricular program supplements the Years 7-9, Years 10-11 and Years 12-13 curriculum.


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