On Thursday January 10 and Friday January 11, our performing arts department welcomed the outstanding Juilliard Curriculum Specialist, Ms. Andrea Lee to our school. During the two-day visit, Andrea got involved in our school life and observed all music teachers’ classes. She even demonstrated the teaching style of Juilliard music classes to our students.
Andrea’s first observation was led by Sarah Zhou on the topic of ‘Telling a story through melodic theme.’ The Juilliard creative lesson encouraged students to give more reflections as during the whole lesson Ms. Sarah raised a lot of questions. This really helped students to improve their critical thinking and to express their feelings on music. Jack’s demonstration on the topic of ‘Machines’, using music technology, incorporating with Juilliard Creative class drew great attention from the grade 10 students. Hae Won’s Juilliard Creative lesson on understanding diminished 7 chords gave new insight for students who are developing their listening skills for IBDP tests.
Andrea joined the parents, teachers and students in an orchestra rehearsal on Thursday. She and Ms. Hae Won gave a talk about tuning and warm-ups. All our music teachers actively participated in the event. It was an interesting afternoon and we all gained a lot.
Our collaboration with Juilliard School focuses on developing students' music skills through the exploration of ideas and instruments. Each lesson is designed to encourage students to become critical thinkers, creative learners and to work independently as part of a team. Andrea also showed how teachers can go further to help students fully participate in Juilliard’s programs. The ideas she shared with us were really inspiring.
This is our third year receiving training by Andrea. Her visit is of great benefit to the tie and collaboration between Juilliard and NACIS. She has witnessed our students’ growth and development, as well as the development of our performing arts department. We are really excited about the opportunities Juilliard has provided to our teachers and students. We look forward to Andrea’s next visit.