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Our Department of Music serves the needs of all our students in grades 3K-12.

Through academic music classes, co-curricular music performance ensembles, and an extensive after school private music lessons program, students create, participate in, and reflect upon music - from their own cultural backgrounds and those of others. This, as part of the International Baccalaureate curriculum in an international school environment, helps deepen their understanding of music and culture.  

Academic courses in music include Primary School instruction, with some classes in Lower Primary taught in the target language; Middle School general music; and Upper School advanced music as well as Diploma Program music at both higher and standard levels.

Musical training helps to develop a students language and reasoning skills.

Music in the Curriculum

Curricular (Secondary School) and Co-curricular (Primary School) music ensembles are a major component of life at AIS and teach students how to work and collaborate with others successfully. In Primary School and Secondary School, we offer chorus, string orchestra, and band.

Primary School Co-curricular Performance Ensembles

We provide students with many wonderful opportunities to participate in band, chorus or string orchestra, all three of which are led by a very talented and capable group of music educators, helping to develop and shape our Primary School student musicians

Secondary School Curricular Performance Ensembles

Students in the Secondary School can choose to take a deeper dive into ensembles as a curricular class.

The Bands, String Orchestras and Choirs in the Secondary School follow the MYP curriculum, developing specific skills to be successful, independent and collaborative musicians within the context of a traditional concert band, string orchestra and choir.

Students who are interested in these groups who only have experience playing piano can participate in the Band as percussionists, playing mallet instruments or singing in the choir.