DATE:
Wednesday 13 January 2021 – 4pm

CODE: 8249

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR

This course is designed for all teachers of Pearson BTEC Tech Performing Arts: Musical theatre who are looking for teaching approaches and strategies to support their students in aiming for a Distinction in the Musical theatre strand.  Emphasis will be on examining professional practitioner’s performance work (musicals) and exploring the interrelationships between constituent features of existing performance material, providing you with approaches to maximise the overall performance of your students in Component 1, aiming for Distinction.

BENEFITS OF THIS WEBINAR

  • Gain understanding of how to approach the expectations of the Component 1 assessments
  • Obtain top level strategies for producing excellent assessment answers
  • Focus on how to break down the criteria, what the assessors/teachers are expecting to see to attain high level grades
  • Exampler responses to discuss
  • The course includes a set of course notes which will be sent in advance of the course and which you will be able to use

PROGRAMME

4.00 – 4.05pm Welcome and Introduction

  • Exploring the overview of the course via the Musical Theatre pathway; the components, their weighting and where component 1 fits into the overall qualification.

4.05 – 4.20pm:  Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts; Musical Theatre: Overview

  • What are the expectations of learners for this component
  • Unpicking the grading criteria and expectations; What does it mean to ‘assess’ (distinction criteria)
  • What does it take to attain a Distinction in Musical Theatre in Component 1

4.20 -5.10pm

 Learning Aim A:  Examining professional practitioners’ performance work

  • Teaching approaches and strategies to help students focus on what they need to in the research process of musical theatre repertoires, stylistic qualities – starting points for research and so on
  • Suggestions of suitable Musicals to select/not select that will give scope and opportunity for students to excel and aim high and which ones have the available and accessible information needed
  • Understanding what is expected in the evidence and the variety of ways to go about it
  • Understanding how the role of an Musical theatre performer varies between professional works e.g. The Lion King and Billy Elliot
  • Examples drawn from Musicals such as Chicago, of how to evidence and hit the distinction criteria
  • A breakdown of the key terms ‘stylistic qualities’
  • Strategies for students – what counts as Distinction? How to assess a Musical through studying the Impact of each stylistic quality on the audience, creative team and performer.

5.10– 6.00pm Learning Aim B: processes and interrelations

  • The what/why/how – approaches to help students understand the page to stage processes of a musical through exploration of a workshop, such as exploring and demonstrating lighting elements, the purposes and processes of a dress rehearsal and off text improvisation.
  • How to support students to learn how practitioners approaches have contributed effectively to performance work eg: workshops, seminars and demonstrations
  • What evidence do students need to produce to demonstrate their understanding and maximise their grade potential?

6.00 – 6.20pm:  Musical Theatre pathway: The Assessment Criteria and Grading                                                

  • Breaking down the criteria, how to make judgements on work examples based on the criteria, what will it take to secure distinctions with your top students
  • What are the key differences within each criteria for both Learning Aim A and B?
  • Example response to discuss
  • What is the level of analytical detail and depth required for high grades

6.20 – 6.30pm: Discussion and questions

 

Jo Mason

Jo Mason is a highly experienced BTEC practitioner with many years of examining and teaching success. Jo has been a Head of the Performing Arts faculty for 10 years as well as teaching dance, drama and Acting. Jo has been teaching BTEC for 15 years. She is a freelance BTEC consultant with high levels of experience in running teacher and department training courses for performing arts teachers across the UK as well as creating and offering resources for the BTEC and KS3 performing arts curriculum. Jo is well-known for her clear and honest approach to these courses from a teacher’s perspective.