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MUSIC IN JUNIOR SCHOOL

The aim of the music curriculum in the Junior School is to help students develop understanding and appreciation of music as well as practical skills, thus enabling them to find in music a lifelong source of enjoyment, personal satisfaction and creative expression. The intellectual and emotional development of children, and the language learning process, will be enhanced by a well-balanced music programme. Music fosters original thinking and is linked strongly with the other disciplines in fine and performing arts. It must be considered an essential to learning.

Music plays an important role in the development of transdisciplinary skills, building self-esteem and confidence, and teaching the importance of teamwork, cooperation and responsibility.

Music provides an opportunity for interaction within other areas of ISB and can build links for outreach to the community.

The Junior School music classes focus on activities such as singing and playing, creating and composing, notation, listening and appreciation and understanding the importance of music in society.

Students are involved in at least one performance during the school year. Through making, sharing, and responding to music, students contribute to the cultural life of their schools, peer groups, and communities. As they engage with and develop knowledge and deeper understandings of music, they draw on cultural practices, histories, and personal experiences.

Students respond to how artists in other times and places have used music elements, instruments and techniques. By participating as artists and audience, they understand that music enhances the lives of individuals and communities.

Overview of the Junior School Music Curriculum

Overview of the Junior School Music Curriculum:
PYP3 - 4:Students are exposed to a variety of singing activities, games, movement/dancing activities as well as a wide range of pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments.

PYP5:Students will study violin; violins are supplied to the students by ISB. Students continue with singing activities, games, movement/dancing activities as well as a wide range of pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments.

PYP6:Students will study the ukulele and recorder; ukuleles are supplied to the students by ISB. However, students are responsible for bringing their own recorder to class. Students continue with singing activities, games, movement/dancing activities as well as a wide range of pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments.

PYP7 - 8:Students will study the guitar and recorder; guitars are supplied to the students by ISB. Students continue with singing activities, games, movement/dancing activities as well as a wide range of pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments.



About ISB

Situated in a beautiful and dynamic region of Switzerland, ISB is an English-speaking international day school which provides students aged 3-18 with the education, support and inspiration they need to become global citizens.

Admissions

 

ISB has many years’ experience supporting students and families from all over the world. We accept students throughout the School year, dependent on availability of space and fulfillment of entry requirements. 

Academics

ISB is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Currently studied by over one million students in 148 countries, the IB prepares students with the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world.

Campuses

ISB is situated on three campuses, all easily accessible by public transport.

Student Services

The facilities, technological and personnel support on offer at ISB make a vital contribution to the academic, social and emotional development of all students at the School.

Student Life

Sports, drama, music, art, debate, representation, recreation – at ISB, there are numerous ways for students of all ages to cooperate and compete to improve existing skills or try something new.

Parent Community

 

Individual parents and parent groups constitute an indispensable part of the vibrant community of ISB. 

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