Performing arts and children's books

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Faculty: Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Department: School of Performance
Course: BA (Hons) Performing Arts
Category: Student Blogs

15 January 2018

Michelle Morgan

I am a third year performing arts student which basically means one thing... dissertation!

Although the thought is daunting to begin with, it's actually an exciting aspect of university because you get to write about something you are really passionate about, and you will learn a lot about yourself and the topic of your choice.

In performing arts, your dissertation can include a practical element as well as the written aspect. There is nothing to suggest you can’t write a musical or an opera, or make a film or, in my case, write a children's book! The idea stemmed from my passion for teaching and singing so I wanted to combine the two.

Taking the concept and history of mnemonics and my experience in school (where singing educational songs seemed to be the only way I could remember anything), I am in the process of writing my own book aimed at children and primary school teachers, full of songs and rhymes to help them learn about different subjects within the curriculum.

So far, it's been quite tough because it obviously involves a lot of research for the written element, and also research of the curriculum for the practical element. However, because I am researching something which I am really interested in, it doesn't feel like work because I enjoy finding out new things and applying them to my work.

I hope that this will help me when I become a primary school teacher, which is my plan for the future. Although I am in the process of applying, I intend to defer my application because I would like to pursue my passion for performing arts first to gain more life experience. I am doing this by doing as many acting jobs as I can, and working hard to do well in my degree!

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