Arts are important areas of learning in the ECC. Students will learn the disciplines of visual art and music, as well as learning about the arts (the skills and processes involved) and through the arts (themes and ideas using the arts). Arts are built into the curriculum as essential areas of learning, not added on as optional extras. Creativity is at the heart of the arts. It allows for innovation, interpretation, research, analysis and transfer.
Music is an integral part of the IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). Through the lens of music, students add breadth and depth to their notion of the world. Students develop an appreciation for themselves as artists and individuals as they engage in the creative process. They also gain deeper insight into how music is influenced by, and shapes societies and cultures, both past and present. This provides students with a wide range of opportunities and means to respond to their experiences and engage with historical, social and cultural perspectives, in so doing they gain a better understanding of themselves and others.
In our ECC classrooms we make sure to balance quiet and active times. Young children’s attention spans are shorter and their bodies just want to move. In addition to recess, we make sure to provide music and movement activities for our preschoolers. Students experiment with musical instruments and play with the concepts of rhythm, pattern, and expression through music as they explore musical elements such as pitch, volume, and timbre in a fun environment.
MEF IS students are learning music through:
- Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
- Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
- Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
- Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
- Reading and notating music
- Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
- Evaluating music and music performances
- Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
- Understanding music in relation to history and culture
MEF IS students also learn music through instrument concentration:
Preschool: Indefinite Pitch Percussion Instruments
Pre Kindergarten: Indefinite Pitch Percussion Instruments
Kindergarten: Definite Pitch Percussion Instruments
Performances occur twice a year at MEF IS and showcase the learning from the music curriculum. Students experience the performing arts both as audience members and as artists.
Students also develop persistence, self-discipline, spatial awareness, courage, imagination, innovative thinking, creativity, risk-taking, critical thinking and reflection. These performances have a special relationship with learning, where the body and senses, the brain and the emotions all work together in constructive harmony.
List of performances students participate in are:
- Winter Concert
- Spring Concert
- Class Recital
- Student Assembly Presentation