"Music creates a kind of pleasure that human nature cannot be without."
We are surrounded by music of all sorts from birth, ranging from the rhythm and pitch of the spoken word, through all types of complex instrumental and vocal music. It is our philosophy, at ISB, to provide the opportunity for all our children to experience the pleasure of listening to, and participating in the making of music, in as broad a sense as possible.
1. To stimulate the natural interest in the listening to and making of musical sounds.
2. To foster responses of appreciation and discrimination when listening.
3. To provide opportunities for children to express themselves by the making of controlled musical sounds.
4. To provide an environment in which a child feels confident in his ability to learn to sing and play.
5. To develop a basic understanding of notation so that a child can communicate musical ideas to others.
At ISB we strive to give music making opportunities to all our students. The curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum, where priority is given to practical music making in the form of composing and performing and listening and appraising.
ISB musicians have the opportunity to take part in a number of events during the school year. These events range from school productions and shows to events outside of school such as carol services, performing at BGIC or the FOBISSEA music festival. This year, ISB musicians have performed at the following events:
Fobissea Music Festival, BGIC opening ceremony, Birthday celebrations for Princess Sarah, Carol Concert with the Serenai Singers, ISB talent show, Secondary and Primary assemblies.
At Key Stage 3, students cover a wide-ranging and comprehensive introduction to Music in all its aspects, genres and uses. The curriculum is delivered through the three elements of Composing, Listening and Performing. Assessment is continual and takes the form of key assessments at regular intervals in each half term.
Students follow the Cambridge International GCSE in years 10 and 11. The Key Stage 3 syllabus is designed to prepare students thoroughly for this course. The curriculum is again delivered through the three key elements of Composing, Listening and Performing and students are given support to develop these skills throughout the course.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Students may opt to study music in Group 6 of the IB course. Although it is not essential for pupils to have studied music at IGCSE, if they are studying higher level music, it is important that they have a high level of ability on at least one instrument due to the performing element within the course. Click the link below for more information.
All students at ISB have the opportunity to learn a variety of instruments. These lessons will take place during the school day, often at lunchtime but occasionally during timetabled music lessons, so as not to disrupt other subject areas. Music theory lessons are also available. This list of lessons available include:
Voice, Clarinet, Saxophone, Guitar, Piano, Keyboard, Drum Kit and Theory.
Extra Curricular Activities
There are several musical extra curricular activities available to pupils at ISB. These include:
Orchestra, Jazz/ Rock Band, Senior Singers, Saxophone Choir. In addition to lunchtime and afterschool clubs, students have the opportunity to be involved in school productions, concerts and assembly performances during the school year. For additional information on some of these events, please see the Recent and Upcoming Events sections.