Performing Arts

“We love being Performing Arts teachers at DESS!”

We strive to be a vibrant, exciting, innovative and modern department that is inclusive of all children and all abilities. Children have so many opportunities to take part in musical activities during the year, from performing in front of their classmates to taking part in large scale events. We offer after school activities during year including Key Stage 1 and 2 Choirs, Samba, Brass Band and Guitar Club. Children are then encouraged to take part in all the yearly events including the DESS Festive Fayre, The Emirates Festival of Literature Opening Ceremony and The Choir of the Year Competition.

We run very a successful Peripatetic Instrumental Music Programme that offers private tuition to students during the school day. This programme has been building over the last few years and currently one in five children at DESS receive tuition in areas such as piano, guitar, percussion, clarinet, flute, violin and trumpet. This is available to students from years 1 to 6 and offers an excellent opportunity to introduce your child to a musical instrument and greatly enhance their learning.

In the classroom we believe in a child led learning environment and that there are no barriers to learning. We liaise with class teachers and link our topics to the concept curriculum that is happening in each year group. However our favourite lessons are the ones where the children come up with the ideas and the lesson plan takes on a completely new form.

We love being Music Teachers at DESS and that we get to instill a love of music into every child that we meet here.