Music, or ‘art in sound’ is a great source of inspiration and stimulus, as well as being a source of relaxation. At the Alice Smith School, there are a good variety of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities to develop as a musician - ECA ensembles and choirs, instrumental lessons, concerts and other events both internal and external, and trips both locally and internationally. Participation in music-making naturally promotes the principal Klass Learner Attributes: Respect, Community Mindedness, Communication, Independent Learning and Problem Solving and is broadly encouraged. Performing music has also been shown to enhance learning, (see http://www.musicianbrain.com/#index).
At Equine Park, musicianship for all is nurtured through performance, appreciation and composition as part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum. Students learn how to develop their performance, appreciation and compositional skills through the study of Western and World music traditions and activities, via termly topic-based learning. The diversity of the curriculum allows students to participate, collaborate and enjoy the activities whatever their level of musicianship. In addition, an elective weekly session for Year 9s provides the chance to learn to play rock instruments and perform in ensembles.
Cross curricular experiences, such as Wider Learning Days and Year 8’s weekly Creative & Expressive Arts sessions, provide a different application of the arts, for example allowing students to work on combined arts projects incorporating music, drama and art.
Those who choose to continue their Music studies through Key Stage 4 and 5 follow the Edexcel syllabus at GCSE and GCE, which builds upon the skills learnt throughout Key Stage 3.
Further opportunities throughout the year include participation in festivals, workshops, stage productions and instrumental performances, all of which enhance our extra-curricular programme. Students are further encouraged to attend performances in and around Kuala Lumpur, and the department periodically organizes outings and trips both locally and internationally to a variety of events.
For more information on the curriculum please request a Curriculum Guide here.
In addition to timetabled Music lessons, students at
the Secondary Campus are able to take one-to-one private lessons which take
place in our sound-proofed music practice rooms. We offer lessons in voice,
saxophone, jazz piano, classical piano, guitar, electric bass and drums, and
are poised to increase this provision according to demand.
The Alice Smith School is a founding member of the Federation of
British International Schools in Asia. The 20+ members of FOBISIA
hold various musical events throughout the year for students and teachers,
which for Secondary students include the FOBISIA Music Festival and the
FOBISIA Choral Festival. Interested musicians are encouraged to represent the
school at these events around the region.
This requires students to prepare the repertoire pieces beforehand, then
travel to the host country for four days combined rehearsals culminating in
huge scale concerts, impossible to replicate in a single school – generally
orchestras of over 100 and choirs of 150, comprising students and staff of
similar schools in the region.
These events are highlights of the year for many of our students.