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NAIS Launches Innovative Music Curriculum in collaboration with The Juilliard School

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Nord Anglia International School in Hong Kong today announces that it will become one of the first schools in the world to benefit from an innovative new collaboration between Nord Anglia Education and The Juilliard School in New York. From September 2016, students at the school will benefit from an enhanced embedded arts curriculum developed by specialists from Juilliard, along with continued support from, and engagement with, Juilliard alumni and affiliated artists.

The collaboration between Juilliard, the world renowned performing arts conservatory, and Nord Anglia Education, the world’s leading premium schools organisation, is designed to enhance Nord Anglia International School’s performing arts offering with its innovative structure, design and approach. The new embedded arts curriculum, which focuses first on music, was developed by curriculum and music experts at both Juilliard and Nord Anglia Education.

The music curriculum is designed for all students, not just those who are serious about learning an instrument or musical performance.  It is based around a repertoire of 12 core works covering a wide range of cultures, genres and historical periods, each of which has been carefully chosen by Juilliard to open the door to categories of music and fundamentals essential for all young people to know and experience. Ultimately, the curriculum aims to nurture cultural literacy and develop key skills in students, such as discipline, creativity and confidence that will enable them to succeed anywhere in the world once they’ve left school.  

Brian Cooklin, Principal at Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong said, “The Juilliard School shares our vision for the value of the performing arts to society, and we strongly believe the curriculum will equip our pupils with the skills needed to excel in their future careers.”  

This unique curriculum has been developed with a range of transferable skills in mind. This ensures that the skills they learn – discipline, creativity and confidence – are as relevant to the study of maths, science and literature, as they are to music and the performing arts. Our Primary and Secondary students are excited about the opportunities this international collaboration brings to our school.”

Joseph W. Polisi, President at the Juilliard School, said, "In collaborating with Nord Anglia, we have a unique opportunity to share our expertise, offering those studying at Nord Anglia schools the chance to learn from the best that our two institutions can offer.

“We believe that the performing arts should have a significant role within today’s global educational environment.  By working with Nord Anglia, we can reach students from around the world to cultivate their skills and help guide them in their future growth."

Drama and dance curriculums will be rolled out to all Nord Anglia schools over the coming years, and Nord Anglia and Juilliard are also launching a performing arts summer programme. The first two-week programme will be held in Switzerland in July 2016 and will include drama, dance, voice and instrumental tuition. It will be open to students from non-Nord Anglia schools.