All students from grades 6-12 have the chance to engage in a performance-based music curriculum that has holistic educational benefits for all learners. In our Middle Years Programme (MYP), students in grade 6 have the choice between a string or brass instrument. In grade 7, students continue learning musicianship on their instrument of choice (strings, brass, reeds). In grade 8, students develop their performance skills from grade 6 and 7 into a combined unit with theatre. Students then experience composition and music industry production in grade 9. In grade 10, the MYP music course develops into a year-long, four unit course for students who are interested in composition, performance, production and historical analysis of music and culture.
The diploma (DP) music programme is a two-year programme for students in grades 11 and 12 that revolves around the following musical components: performance, composition, analysis and investigation. Higher level (HL) and standard level (SL) are offered in which students can choose their personal areas of musical expertise.
Throughout the ISD academic calendar year, the music department puts on a variety of concerts and performances, including:
- ISD Winter Concert Series
- Grade 6 MYP Performance Concert
- Grade 7 MYP Performance Concert
- ISD Jazz Evening
- ISD Spring Concert Series
- International Festival
- World Citizenship Night
- AMIS Festivals