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Music & Drama Curriculum

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Middle & High School Band

Middle & High School Band

In ACS Doha Middle High School Band, ‘The Under Water Acoustics’, has been running since 2015. The band perform at various events throughout the academic year to include ‘Picnic in the Park’ and ‘Family Fun Day’. This year the band were one of 4 bands selected from 10 bands across 7 schools based in Doha to perform at Doha Festival City and Music Square March 2019, following their success at ‘Battle of the Bands 2019'.

Middle & High School Ensemble & Lower School Choir

Middle & High School Ensemble & Lower School Choir

Middle High School Ensemble and Lower School Ensemble are just two of a number of music ensembles that rehearse weekly across the academic year performing regularly at events. ACS Doha Choir recently performed at Qatar School Choir of the Year Competition 2019.

Musician and choir students from ACS Doha attend Qatar Youth Choir, who tour in Europe each year, as well as Doha Youth Orchestra who regularly perform with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. As a growing department, peripatetic music lessons are available on campus.


Culture Café

The Culture Cafe celebrates the international diversity at ACS Doha through a series of evening events showcasing the performing arts, music an visual arts. These events offer students a regular opportunity to perform to an audience and showcase their class work as well as involvement in photography, art, drama and music ensembles.

Performances and displays are held in various venues in the school, allowing guests and visitors to enjoy the different spaces at ACS Doha, and to meet staff and families in an informal setting.


Local Doha Community Music Engagement

ACS Doha students also take part in Doha community events such as the Symphonic Winds Ensemble and Inter-School Qatar Brass Day. Doha Youth Choir was formed five years ago and the choir enjoy yearly international tours as well as working with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. During the international tour of Latvia 2017, Doha Youth Choir experienced singing with specialist choirs such as the Concert Chorus of the National Choir School of Latvia, in the capital Riga, and the German Magdeburg Knabenchor, performing at the Qatar German Year of Culture Concert 2017. Singing a varied repertoire, the Doha Youth Choir members currently rehearse together for two hours twice weekly and also work towards ABRSM choral and music theory examinations.


Private Music Tuition

Music lessons, in preparation for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examinations, are taught during after school hours at ACS Doha. Students enjoy learning a variety of instruments and benefit from one-to-one tuition.

Truly international

NEW Performing Arts

In August 2018, we launched our first ever drama program at ACS for both middle and high school students. At ACS we value self-expression and use the dramatic arts to build connection, communication and creative risk-takers. We use a fresh approach to our drama program by creating our own relevant theatre pieces from scratch. High school students are currently devising their own theatre piece on “high school fails” to showcase the palpable (and often hilarious) moments in an IB high school. Middle schoolers are hard at work crafting humorous scenes with wacky props for their upcoming show in March. 


In a nutshell: 

  • 76 students 
  • 6 microphones 
  • 3 platform stages 
  • 7 shows 
  • 102 posters 
  • 2 Drama Clubs 
  • 1 ACS theatrical family 

ACS Doha group of students
A strong drama programme is critical to building student confidence, self-expression, school spirit and a sense of belonging. I believe that the dramatic arts are a rehearsal for reality…and we’re preparing our students to be creative communicators and courageous global citizens. 


We have two drama clubs (one for middle and one for high school) that meet once a week, all year round. We host high school-only Open Mic nights every trimester, and each club creates their own original show in the fall and spring. Our clubs focus on improve games, script writing and ensemble-building work. Although this is our flagship program here at ACS, we already have over 76 students involved in drama club!

In the future, we hope to expand our drama program to include musical theatre with dancing, singing and musical productions. For the 2019-2020 school year, we will produce two large theatrical performances for the middle and high school students with scripts, costumes and set pieces. All students are welcome to audition!

We are hoping to produce our first-ever musical on our new campus in August 2020!