The Performing Arts are divided into music, dance, drama, choral and instrumental music, which combine to give an enjoyable learning experience and to increase pupils’ confidence for performing and making music.
Music is a major focus, especially in the Early Years and Key Stage 1. Through singing and listening to songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music and to appreciate different kinds of music. As they progress through Airthrie, they also listen to longer and more varied pieces of music; they begin to learn musical notation and to compose pieces in written forms.
Instrumental tuition also plays a significant role within the Performing Arts. Early Years and Key Stage 1 pupils use a range of percussion instruments and keyboards as well as their own instruments. In Year 2, all pupils learn to play the recorder as part of their music work. They are taught in whole class groups and, sometimes for singing, several classes or the whole school join in collective worship or when rehearsing for performances.
Pupils from Year 2 onwards also have the opportunity to study a musical instrument with peripatetic music specialists. Parents who wish their child to do this will purchase or hire an instrument and pay additional fees on a termly basis. These lessons are normally taught individually by withdrawal from a timetabled lesson, before or after school or during a lunch break. Currently children can learn to play piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and horn.
Drama is a specialist taught lesson as well as being offered as an after-school activity. Dance is offered as an after-school activity.