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Music Curriculum

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By inspiring students to revel in their own creativity, and that of others, they acquire and develop the skills needed to undertake performing art work, learning to communicate their thoughts and ideas through this medium.

Students from Pre-K through 12th Grade (4 to 18 year olds) are encouraged to love and participate in live music; from general classes including individual tutorials, to challenging International Baccalaureate courses in the High School.

All are encouraged to join one of our many vocal and ensemble groups, with our most accomplished musicians travelling to Europe each year to take part in the prestigious Association of Music for International Schools (AMIS) competitions.

Students also develop an openness to music across time, place and cultures, helping them perceive the significance of this art form as an integral part of life.

 

 

Lower School Music

Lower School Music Curriculum

Music is both an active and reflective process. Students are given opportunities to reflect upon their work and the work of others as well as being actively involved in creating and performing. Collaborative activities with students (in their own class and other classes) are encouraged. Wherever possible and appropriate, links are made with the School’s programme of inquiry. 

Music enables students, to communicate in powerful ways that go beyond their spoken language ability. Through music, students can begin to construct an understanding of their environment, recognise patterns and structure and develop their cultural awareness.

Middle School student playing guitar next to school lockers

Middle School Music Curriculum

Music is designed to prepare students for potential entrance into IB Diploma Music. Composition, performance, music appreciation and music history are all key components of the course, and students from different musical backgrounds, from beginners to experienced musicians, can access the course content.

Examples of units studied are: Solo Performance, Composition in a Pentatonic Mode, World Music and Advert Compositions. Examples of assessment tasks include: original compositions, research projects, performances, and theory tests.

Student playing the cello

High School Music Curriculum

Through the music course students develop their knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively. Involving aspects of the composition, performance and critical analysis of music, the course exposes students to forms, styles and functions of music from a wide range of historical and socio-cultural contexts.

Students create, participate in, and reflect upon music from their own background and those of others. They develop practical and communicative skills which provide them with the opportunity to engage in music for further study, as well as for lifetime enjoyment.