We were entertained by both singers and instrumentalists and it prompted me to reflect how many more children are now actively involved in the Music department compared to a few years ago. Then there was no orchestra, the junior strings section consisted of a mere 3 players and only 2 singing groups as opposed to the 5 that we watched perform. In all around 200 children took part on Tuesday at the concert, a real testament to the hardworking Music staff and the parents who actively support and encourage their children’s development.
The Music curriculum is highly valued at BISS (Puxi). We consider it important that children have exposure to the Arts to become well-rounded individuals. In our Music curriculum they have opportunities to be creative when composing and also learn about how music can touch emotions and communicate to us. And of course all children also have opportunities to learn new skills like reading music and playing instruments. Different year groups get ‘hands on’ experience; opportunities that include learning the flute, trumpet, cello, violin and even the ukulele to name a few. Finally, I shouldn’t fail to mention our comprehensive music tuition programme that provides individual teaching to further encourage children towards a future that involves music as a hobby or perhaps even a career.
Our partnership with the prestigious Julliard School is strong, with frequent visits from professional musicians who inspire through their accomplished playing, and support us in delivering our excellent curriculum. They never fail to be impressed by the quality of teaching and learning that takes place here at BISS and the positive support that children receive from parents and staff alike.
So Tuesday was an opportunity to watch with pride and celebrate the fruits of all the hard work and labour. We saw such confident, skilled children who take so much pleasure in joining together to share their love of music. It was a lovely ending to a very busy term!
And with that it only remains for me to wish you all a happy holiday. See you in 2017!
Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary