Music

We offer the following comprehensive courses and programs from Pre K through 12 grade

Atelier PreK-KG 

At the Atelier, students are invited to figure out and explore many different ways to express themselves through art, music, dance, and theatre.

The Atelierista, as well as the other teachers, recognizes that children are born with thousands of ideas and have hundreds of languages of expression. These languages might include, painting, singing, building, taking apart, acting, dancing or drawing, the possibilities are endless. 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower Elementary Music (K-2)

At ISP, we believe that music education should begin at an early age and should promote self-expression by creating, connecting, performing and responding to music. In our music program, based on the inquiry approach, the students in lower elementary develop understanding of the musical concepts through play and through participation in a variety of activities like listening, singing, moving, composing and exploring musical instruments. 

Kindergarten students are introduced to many formal elements of music through discovery and exploration. They learn to use their voices and small percussion instruments for music making. First grade students build on skills and concepts learned in kindergarten. They utilize the Boomwhakers to develop matching pitch and experience the difference between beat and rhythm. In Second Grade, our student utilize the xylophones. This instrument helps them focus on the students’ role as part of a group with an emphasis on blending and working together. Musical analysis of the elements of form, rhythm or expressive elements becomes more intricate and reliant on specific music vocabulary.

Upper Elementary Music (3-5) 

Our goal for upper elementary Music at ISP is to provide our students with opportunities to develop skills and understanding of music through consistent interaction with instruments. They build and develop their musicianship and critical thinking skills by singing, performing on instruments, moving, creating, reading/notating, and analyzing music. 

In third grade, the students begin to play the soprano recorder. This gives them an opportunity to develop reading and independent practice skills. In Fourth Grade, students focus on strengthen their sense of community through the drum circle experience. They learn how to work as an ensemble while developing their rhythm skills. In Fifth Grade, the student utilize the ukulele to expand their music knowledge and their creativity. This also gives them an opportunity to explore a string instrument and to be prepared for High School music.

As a part of the musical experience, we also consider a variety of music from different genres, styles, periods and cultures.  We want our students to be able to communicate personal attitudes and preferences for particular music with informed reasoning and a critical attitude. At ISP, we are proud for cultivating a life-long enjoyment of curiosity and appreciation for music.

Music in the Middle School

Grade 6:

During the 7 week that Grade 6 students study music, they are introduced to the fundamentals of instrumental music performance and practice.  Through the exploration and practice of an instrument from the brass, percussion, strings, or woodwind families, students gain a deeper understanding of music as a whole in order to make an informed decision for their musical futures. This course is designed to help young musicians gain a beginning level of proficiency on an instrument.  Students will be encouraged to explore previous passions and interests, as well as new learning to develop our musicianship through solos, small groups, and large ensembles. This exploration through rehearsal, personal practice, journal-writing, and research will culminate in performances and projects that celebrate our achievements. 

Grade 7 & 8: Performing Arts (Music and Drama combined)

Through the exploration and practice of performing arts, students gain a deeper understanding of the world as a whole and will develop more advanced artistry. This course is designed to help young artists gain musical & theatrical literacy, while having a safe environment to explore their personal expression. Students will be encouraged to explore previous passions and interests, as well as new learning to develop artistry through independent work, small group projects, and large ensembles. This exploration through rehearsal, personal practice, journaling, and research will culminate in performances and projects that celebrate student achievement.

High School Music Electives (grades 9-12)

Music as a part of education is important to build self-confidence, concentration, discipline, patience, and coordination. We believe in the idea that students who have worked to improve their own musical skills understand that achievement is built on sustained personal effort and is its own reward.

 

 

 

General Music

Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of music through the study of Western and Global music while they perform, create, connect, listen, and respond to a variety of musical styles studied throughout the year.  Students will participate as individuals and as members of small ensembles and the large group ensemble to fulfill course standards. Students can expect to explore music through singing, performing on instruments, and creating/presenting through electronic and digital mediums.

Band

HS Band at ISP is a course and ensemble that meets during the school day to provide opportunities for continued growth and development on woodwind, brass, or orchestral percussion instruments.  Students develop instrument specific musical skills through the study and preparation of ensemble literature, while exploring areas of performing, creating, connecting, and responding to music. Prior instrumental experience is not required, but recommended.  

 

 

 

 

Strings

This course is an opportunity for any student with any level of experience to explore violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will play mixed-level repertoire as an ensemble, and be coached independently on playing skills. Students will show their learning in performances and presentations, in addition to learning about analyzing, creating, and connecting to music and related arts. 

Guitar

This course is an opportunity for any student with any level of experience to explore guitar. Students will play mixed-level repertoire as an ensemble, and be coached independently on playing skills. Students will show their learning in performances and presentations, in addition to learning about analyzing, creating, and connecting to music and related arts.

IB Music: 

The IBDP music course seeks to develop students’ knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively. IB Diploma Programme music students are required to study musical perception and actively listen to a wide range of music from different parts of the world, musical cultures and time periods. They also develop aural perception and understanding of music by learning about musical elements, including form and structure, notations, musical terminology, and context. Through the course of study, students become aware of how musicians work and communicate. In addition, the course enables students to:

  • enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts
  • become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in the arts
  • understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts
  • explore and value the diversity of the arts across time, place and cultures
  • express ideas with confidence and competence
  • develop perceptual and analytical skills
  • develop their knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively.

Prior music experience, including an ability to perform on an instrument or sing is recommended, but not required. 

ISP is a proud member of the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS)