Music Curriculum

Curricula
PreSchool-Kindergarten
IB General Music & Music Theory
Students explore music through singing, playing, and movement
Each class performs at the end of each semester
Fully integrated into our PYP-accredited program
General content based on AERO Music Standards
Music Theory content based on ABRSM Exams
Grades 1-5
IB General Music & Music Theory
Students explore world music through inquiry-based learning
Classes perform at the end of each semester
Fully integrated into our PYP-accredited program
General content based on AERO Music Standards
Music Theory content based on ABRSM Exams
Grades 6-10
Orchestra & Music Theory
Performance-based ensemble class
Students choose an orchestral instrument and participate in grade-level and full-ensemble classes
The orchestra performs at the end of each semester
Orchestra content based on AERO Music Standards
Music Theory content based on ABRSM Exams
After-school programs
Ukulele Class / PK – K / 90min / Monday – Ms. Ariel Chen
Drum Set Class / PK – K / 60min / Tuesday & Thursday – JS Studio company
String Ensemble / K – G3 / 90min / Wednesday – BaiYin Music company
ABRSM Piano Class / K – G10 / 60min / You choose day – eZoo company
Marching Band / G1 – G5 / 90min / Tuesday & Thursday – Mr. Howard
Glee Club / G1 – G10 / 60min / Monday – Mr. Howard
Orchestra Ensemble / G4 – G10 / 90min / Thursday – BaiYin Music company

Philosophy
Music is an inseparable component of every culture, and has been found to affect people intellectually, emotionally, physically, personally and socially. Furthermore, music creates an unequivocal mind-body connection and is experienced through simultaneously visual, aural, and kinesthetic activities at all levels of achievement.
An education in music is part and parcel with an education that values students as young people already navigating the world. Their own past experiences are expressed, new ones are discovered and most of all, they are examined with scrutiny. Music is an essential human activity that has a place in our schools, because children are in them.

Mission Statement
HQIS Music will endeavor to:
Offer our students an exceptional IB music education during some of the most formative years of their lives
Enrich the lives of our students by engaging them in extraordinary musical experiences in and out of the classroom
Encourage our students to appreciate and apply music’s enormous force for the enrichment of society and intercultural understanding.
Help our students to realize being a musician simply means working on the path towards ideal musicianship.
Prepare students for a possible career in music
Align music education curriculum at all levels with the IB Arts Objectives and U.S. AERO Standards for Music Education
Cultivate a supportive learning environment by actively promoting a climate of respect for others
Foster the relationship between our school and the Shanghai community through advocacy, partnerships, and performances