As well as being an academic discipline, students can engage in Drama purely as an interest. Parker Hall, the school’s main auditorium, provides an excellent location for school productions. As well as taking acting roles, students have the opportunity to develop and use their skills in lighting, sound, set building, costuming, house management, props and direction. Recent productions have included Brigadoon by Lerner and Loewe; Around the World in 80 Days adapted by Dan Brown; an original adaptation of Kipling’s Just So Stories; Check Please by Jonathan Rand; Macbeth by Shakespeare; Thornton Wilder’s Our Town; and occasional sets of one-act plays.
Examinations offered: IGCSE Drama
Whether you’re pursuing a career as a professional artist, architect, graphic designer or any other art-related profession, or simply looking to broaden your appreciation of art, the Art Programme at Woodstock has something for everyone. The Senior School Art classroom enjoys one of the best locations on the Woodstock campus, with views thousands of feet down to the Doon valley below; it’s an easy place to be inspired. Diverse entry-level courses establish a broad base of knowledge, building towards our Junior and Senior Studio classes that prepare our students for the finest Art and Design schools in the world. Throughout the semester, students are exposed to art shows, field trips, guest lecturers, and artists-in-residence.
Examinations offered: AP Studio Art
Woodstock is renowned for the strength and depth of its Music Programme. Woodstock students have many opportunities to learn and grow in their musicianship through our classroom music courses, performance ensembles and private instruction. The Advanced Band, Advanced Orchestra and Senior School Choir are the three cores around which the Music Department revolves. Out of these ensembles radiate the other ensembles, including four levels of string ensemble, three levels of band, three choirs of progressive levels, jazz band, jazz combos and chamber groups. Private lessons and the ABRSM examination programme [External Link] feed the quality of the ensembles by preparing strong musicians. Frequent recitals encourage performance from an early stage of expertise. Expert individual instruction is available for piano, strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, voice, classical guitar and Indian classical instruments. Visiting performers often hold master classes within many of these disciplines throughout the school year.
Disciplines offered: Western Classical Guitar, Stringed Instruments, Singing, Piano, Band, Indian Classical and Classroom Music