Our girls study and perform all the right notes.
Music is an integral part of the lives of every student at AIS, whether in PreK or Upper School. Taught in a manner similar to how language skills are learned by children – kinesthetically, aurally and visually – our Lower School music program follows the Kodály Method, which emphasizes ear training, pitch and the joy of singing. Through a vast repertoire of songs, games and rhymes, students identify, learn and apply the elements of music. In Middle School, girls continue to master choral performance and add the study of instruments and musical theory to their work. By Upper School, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of vocal and instrumental music studies.
First grade students receive recorder instruction as a performance-oriented introduction to instrumental music. In third and fourth grade, students may participate in violin or cello classes. There are several performances each year that feature the talents of our Lower School students.
Choral music is a central focus of our Middle School curriculum, and is augmented with guitar and handbell instruction. Musical theory and styles are introduced and explored through listening, creating, research, singing and movement.
Our program offers courses in music theory and aural training, with opportunities for independent study in specialized areas including musical composition and sound recording. Students can participate in Instrumental Ensemble, chamber groups, chorus and our select a cappella group, The Bel Cantos.
Music is the mortar that holds together the bricks of our school's spirit.
Murray Savar, Former Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department