Children of the 21st century have a lot going for them, and with this comes more pressure to perform academically, on the sports field and within the performing arts arena. Research has shown that students who were involved in performing arts (music, drama, theatre, dance) not only benefit academically, but also in daily life. They were more confident, motivated and able to express their creativity better.
The British Academy of Performing Arts (BAPA) is Malaysia’s first and only fully integrated performing arts academy and was launched in April 2017. What sets BAPA apart is that its faculty of nearly 30 teachers and instructors, are all graduates of either British or international conservatories, drama or dance schools; and are performers in their own right.
The traditional method of teaching through rote learning, memorisation and focusing exclusively on exams is not practised here. BAPA students learn through a technical and emotional based exploration of music and the arts, which makes classes more practical and fun.
All musical instrument and vocal study courses are offered here including classical (piano, strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, opera), contemporary (electric guitar, keyboards, drums, bass) and musical theatre (acting, dancing, singing). There are programmes for early years musical development, and courses for both junior and senior students. Exams are offered as an option rather than a priority, and this ensures that students become well-rounded performers who enjoy their craft. Concerts are a unique feature of BAPA, and there are ensembles and groups that regularly perform within the academy and at various venues.
For a taste of what BAPA has to offer, take the opportunity to attend one of their upcoming performances on 11 February from 7.30pm-9.30pm titled ‘Love Sucks’. Featuring BAPA principal, Paul Baker, and Sandra Mannas Wolf, this promises to be a hilarious romp through the world of love.
For more information on courses and performances, visit here.