Learning and beyond > Academic disciplines > Performing arts > Music


Performing arts is a vital part of the ISD curriculum. Specialist music educators provide opportunities for students at all levels to explore their full potential for singing, playing, listening, composing and understanding in music.

Children in Reception and Preparatory have several short music lessons each 9-day cycle. In grades 1 to 5, all children are in the music room for three 50-minute lessons per cycle. As well as working on units of inquiry especially designed within our music curriculum, students are also able to make appropriate links with the PYP units from their own classroom. Children in grades 3 to 5 may apply to join the elementary choir, which practices every Wednesday after school for one hour. The choir performs in public several times each year.

In grades 6 to 10, students have MYP music classes for one-third of each year, with drama and visual arts being taught during the other parts of the year. A varied programme is offered, with skills being developed in playing, singing, theory and composition. Information technology forms an important part of the music programme at this stage. Some units of study are linked with other parts of the curriculum.

In addition to the MYP music classes, students in grades 9 and 10 can participate in an elective music course to develop further skills and deeper knowledge. These may be seen as preparatory courses for those wishing to take Music at IB Diploma level in grades 11 and 12.

Senior School students may also choose to play in our instrumental ensembles   or sing in our choirs (within the schedule and as extra-curricular activities). Music students have the chance to perform in several recitals and concerts in school each year.

We also participate in a number of annual international music festivals, sponsored by AMIS (Association for Music in International Schools). Many ISD students also enjoy instrumental or vocal lessons, given on campus by approved private teachers. We can help you to find the right teacher for your choice of music study.

  Printer friendly version