Music

OVERVIEW

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.

A PYP music classroom provides an environment that stimulates and challenges students. It is well resourced with an extensive range of music recordings, videos and instruments. Students have the opportunity to explore home-made as well as manufactured instruments from a variety of countries and cultures. ICT can influence and enhance learning in music by allowing students to create, compose and record their work as well as listen to, observe and share music through the use of CDs and music files.

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:

Grade 1: Glockenspiel Bell Lyre
Grade 2: Ocarina
Grade 3: Ukulele
Grade 4: Violin
Grade 5: Recorder

MEF IS students also gain musical skills through music ensembles:

  • Primary Choir
  • Recorder Ensemble
  • Violin Ensemble
  • Xylophone Ensemble

MEF IS students personalise their music learning through after school activities:

  • Piano/Keyboard Class
  • Violin Class

MEF IS students show their music skills through musical performances:

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 do for the school year are:

  • Winter Concert
  • Spring Concert
  • Class Recital
  • After School Activities Recital
  • Student Assembly Presentation
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