In our Performing Arts Department, we are the only international school in the region that provides multiple levels of music and theater ensemble courses taught during the school day as opposed to co-curricular clubs. We also have a brand new 500-seat auditorium where our students can shine in front of the ASM community.
In our music department, our focus is on group ensemble instruction. While the study of music encourages excellence in note reading, rhythm, and technique, performing regularly in an ensemble has unique advantages that studying by oneself cannot offer. Students learn life skills that transcend the classroom: teamwork, cooperation, non-verbal communication, and group dynamics. Socio-emotional benefits include developing a sense of belonging as they work together for a common goal. Self-confidence is a primary benefit as well when students have successful rehearsals and performances surrounded by supportive peers.
Our music department has many ways for your child to grow from these benefits. In Kindergarten and 1st-grade students sing, dance, and play classroom instruments together. Then in 2nd through 5th-grade, students study music by learning how to play string instruments in an orchestra (violin, viola, cello).
In upper school, in addition to the orchestra, our course offerings expand to include three ability-based wind ensembles where students can learn how to play the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba and percussion instruments. In addition, we offer two levels of choral ensembles where students develop their singing voices. On top of all of this, we offer group piano lessons, class guitar, and a new "rock band" course.
Many of our students are able to combine their passions and use their music skills in our many theater performances.