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Royal Opera House helps teachers incorporate arts into a range of subjects

Last weekend, the Royal Opera House ran a cross-arts training session for PGCE students.

By Sonali Hindmarch (Former Content Producer (Learning))

23 January 2013 at 3.32pm | 1 Comment

As a passionate debate continues as to whether arts should be included in the English Baccalaureate, at the ROH we’re exploring ways of bringing arts into the classroom.

We recently ran an intensive two-day cross-arts course for PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) students, training them in how to integrate arts into primary school teaching. The aim of the series of courses is to share the organization's cross-arts experience of music, drama, and scenic art.

A team of designer, composer and drama director (all with experience of teaching children) showed the students how a drama lesson starter can be used to introduce a history topic, or how to use music to wind down a lesson.

The course is run in conjunction with three universities: Canterbury Christ Church, the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter and the University of Greenwich and is generously supported by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.

After completing the course, the students will return to Covent Garden for a symposium in July 2013, to share their experiences of putting what they've learnt into practice.

Author and international governmental advisor Ken Robinson made a famously profound case for integrating the arts in education in his TED Talk:

What’s your view of the arts in primary school? Are you a teacher who uses some of these methods in your lessons or a parent with views on arts in schools? Let us know your thoughts.

By Sonali Hindmarch (Former Content Producer (Learning))

23 January 2013 at 3.32pm

This article has been categorised Learning, Off stage and tagged arts, Canterbury Christ Church, Education, learning, PGCE, school, schools, teachers, TED, University of Exeter, University of Greenwich

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  1. Dimitri responded on 27 January 2013 at 8:50pm Reply

    Greetings from Greece!

    I am 28 and a teacher in a primary school in the island of Corfu in Greece. My children just love it whenever we use some kind of art in our lessons, especially music. I can not explain what they exactly feel, but they always look happy and free. Art teaches children many things and it should not be missed in schools.
    Although Corfu is an island with music tradition, my children had not a single previous opera experience. We watched opera videos, listened to music, talked about the emotions and the feelings...They even started dancing while hearing the music from The Barber of Seville! It was fantastic!

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