The performing arts program at AISG is robust, comprehensive, and founded on the belief that Band, Strings, Choir, and Drama are part of a balanced and effective education. From Preschool to Grade 12, we provide students with experiences to develop curiosity, interest, enjoyment of their own creativity and an appreciation for the performances of others.
Our performing arts program allows students a chance to be part of something bigger than themselves, while also nurturing creative thinking, empathy, self-reflection, collaboration skills, and self-discipline. We believe that students learn best when they are in an environment where they are encouraged to take risks and learn new things; therefore, we aim to not only develop technical and expressive competencies, but to build confidence so that students see themselves as capable performers and musicians.
At the Elementary level, the heart of the performing arts program is discovering that we all have a musical body and that alone is the basis for making music. Through speech, songs, and children’s games, students explore and experiment in fun and energetic ways, learning fundamental musical concepts in a space that inspires inquiry, improvisation, and laughter. Aligned with PYP philosophy, our performing arts program is designed to capture the imagination and creativity of our children. Extracurricular offerings include Grade 2-3 Choir, Grade 4-5 Choir, an elementary-wide musical, and a talent show.
In Middle School, students choose between Band, Strings, and Choir, and nurture their technical skills in their chosen discipline for all three years. The middle school music program allows students a full range of choice of instruments and gives students opportunities to participate in formal concerts and performances. In addition, students take a semester of Drama in all three middle school years. The Grade 6 course acquaints students with the basic elements of Drama, the Grade 7 course focuses on movement and non-verbal performance, and the Grade 8 course hones students’ performance skills with an emphasis on character and voice. Every student in every grade participates in a final production in front of an audience of peers, parents, and teachers, that serves as a culminating activity for the course. These authentic performance experiences provide students the opportunity to reflect and evaluate their own work while developing receptiveness to performing arts across different times and cultures.
This philosophy continues into high school, with program offerings that inspire students to develop a deeper understanding of their own identity as well as other cultural contexts that can be explored through performing arts. Students may continue their performing arts education by taking IB Music, a course for which AISG’s scores have been consistently above the world average, or by sharing their talents in the much-anticipated annual high school musical.
AISG’s facilities are purpose-built and equipped with high-quality instruments and flexible space. Our Science Park campus features a brand new state-of-the-art theater and music education classrooms. AISG is an ISTA (International Schools Theater Association) member school and we often host festivals for our students and other schools in the region. In addition, AISG regularly invites guest musicians to work with our students and complement our mission to nurture their passion for performing arts.
Whether it’s on stage, solo, or part of an ensemble—at AISG, our students shine.