ISL Qatar is the Representative Centre for Rockschool (RSL) UK

Catherine Chiuco

Performing Arts is an integral part of the school life at the International School of London (ISL) Qatar. The delivery is approached through a holistic approach, exposing the children to all areas of Performing Arts through an inquiry based curriculum. There are many performances throughout the year, ranging from the informal such as Atrium break time performances, assemblies and talent shows, to the more formal such as school Musicals and Concerts.

Students work on Musical Theatre as a focus for building transferable skills such as public speaking, expression, creativity, teamwork, presentation skills, time management, communication and the ability to give and receive critiques. Upon completing their Musical Theatre modules, the students have the option to be assessed internally or externally through completing Musical Theatre Performance Arts Awards with Rockschool (RSL) UK.

In addition to formal qualifications in Musical Theatre, students studying instruments have the opportunity to take Rockschool (RSL) examinations or ABRSM examinations. Both can lead to extra credit towards university entrance.

ISL Qatar serves as the RockSchool testing center in Qatar. The school proudly hosted the first Rockschool Musical Theatre examinations in Qatar, in June of this year. Over 50 children participated and enjoyed a very positive experience.

Rockschool exams offer International qualifications which are recognised around the world and offer extra points for University entrance. The Musical theatre examinations consist of combined performances of singing, acting and dancing. The value of participating is not only in developing as performers, but, also the transferable skills are invaluable for developing confidence, presentation skills and communication skills for students to take into all areas of their studies.

The first RSL Musical Theatre examiner to visit Qatar, Vladan Jovanovic, is currently the Ballet Master for the Royal Hungarian Ballet and was delighted to bring the exams to the region for the first time.

'We have been offering internationally transferable qualifications with Rockschool in Guitar, drums, vocals, bass guitar, ukulele, piano and music production for a number of years. We are delighted to expand on the opportunities for our students by giving them access to formal Musical Theatre qualifications and to offer these examinations to anyone in the community." says Claire Daniels, Director of Performing Arts at ISL Qatar.

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