Engagement in the Arts promotes a sense of identity and makes a unique contribution to the development of each student. At ISA, we believe that studying the Arts provides students with the opportunity to develop a critical and intensely personal view of themselves in relation to the world. Our programmes allow our students – from Kindergarten to grade 12 – to discover their own creative abilities and to gain an appreciation for their own talents and those within the global art community.
In both our Lower and Upper schools, students begin to learn about the origins of music and to build a greater appreciation and understanding of different sounds and melodies from around the world. With visitors from places such as Ghana, the United States, Brazil and the Netherlands, ISA students are able to experience an authentic connection to music, making it more relevant and alive.
As a standard part of their curriculum, Pre-School – Grade 5 students engage in singing, rhythmic and instrumental activities in music classes with a specialist teacher. In addition to their regular music class, Lower School students in older grades can join the Lower School Choir or the Lower School Percussion Group to experience more structured training and to have the opportunity to perform for their classmates and the school community. Vocal and instrumental lessons for Lower School students are offered as well after school through our ISA Music Academy.
Middle Years Programme students take music classes in grades 6 and 8 as a component of the Middle Years Design, Arts and Communication programme at ISA. Music is also offered as an elective in grades 9 and 10. Additionally, Upper School students can further pursue their interest in music through various extracurricular activities including local, regional and international Choir and Ensemble competitions and individual voice and instrumental lessons through the ISA Music Academy.
For Diploma students, the ISA music programme provides a foundation for further study at university level or for a career path in music. It is offered at Standard or Higher Level and students should already be practising performers/ and or composers and have acquired considerable general musical background knowledge.