Goals of a Performing Arts School
It is the purpose of a performing arts school to provide students with the necessary skills with which they can perform – whether in an ensemble or as a soloist.
Although many students will not pursue the performing arts as a career, all our students should feel comfortable demonstrating and ‘sharing’ the skills they have worked to acquire. This will give them poise, a great sense of accomplishment and establish a connection with their creativity that will continue through adulthood. And – it’s fun!!!
Besides the benefit of music study for a child’s academic development, adults who can express themselves through a creative medium tend to be more flexible, tractable and live happier , longer lives!
School Performances & Events
Students at HPAC have several opportunities for performing. Each holiday season we have a school concert. Additionally, “Voices of Bucks County” performs special events each year. This Fall they have put together “A Tribute to Our Veterans” show that will be available year-round for local civic and veteran’s groups. December they will perform a Holiday Concert. A classical concert and a cabaret show are planned for the early part of 2016. The school’s annual recital and the BCPAI ‘s annual scholarship concert is held at the end of the spring semester.
Some events are free to the public and others require paid admission. Ticket fees are used to offset the actual costs. Proceeds (if any) go to the BCPAI scholarship fund.
Your support of your children and these events is appreciated and necessary. Each family is asked to support the concerts through tickets sales and volunteer help. It is through the success of these events that we can provide scholarships and community performing arts programs that benefit your children.
The school provides training in the three essential areas of music & drama study—private voice, instrumental or acting lessons, classes for learning musicianship or acting technique and performance ensembles in which to hone and display these skills.
Ms. Hellyer, who holds a B.A., M.A. in Voice from the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple and a Theatre degree from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, began teaching after several years as a successful performer. (See Biography) In 1988 she left her teaching positions at the University of the Arts and the Community College of Philadelphia to concentrate on developing her private studio in Bucks County. Recognizing the need for the student’s further music education she began by adding a Piano and Music Theory instructor in 1993.
Now the school offers several early childhood music classes (“Music Mites”), Acting Classes for kids, teens and adults, choral and music ensembles, and has over 20 instructors to teach voice and instrumental lessons.
The School Calendar consists of three semesters. Our Fall and spring semesters run 18 weeks and the summer semester is 10 weeks for lessons. Classes run for 16 weeks in the Fall/Spring semesters and vary from 2-10 weeks in the summer. The school is closed Christmas week and major national holidays. Click here for more info.