Program at CIS
Preparing young musicians
The CIS Music Program develops student ability to express themselves through music and movement, including voice and singing and an introduction to different musical instruments. At each stage of growth, and through continual experience with the process-oriented nature of creating music, students develop musical appreciation, facility with a variety of materials, skills of expression, and the ability to transfer this creative approach to other art forms as to their academic pursuits. Through the Arts, students continuously sharpen and hone their powers of observation, listening, expression, imagination, and “what if” thinking.
High School Music Program
Our High School Visual Arts Program continues with these options for grades 9-10 students and culminates with the IB music program in grades 11-12. The rigorous IB music program focuses on students’ experiences in music and culminates in a final project, often in conjunction with drama and art students’ final projects. The process involves extensive reflections, and the final musical pieces serve as their culminating assessment in the program.
Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion – Beginning band students will learn music concepts by playing an instrument in an ensemble setting. Concepts include posture, tone production, reading notes, reading rhythms, and articulations. Students are expected to acquire an instrument. Instruments must be able to go back and forth between school and home to meet practice requirements.
- In the Brass section, students may begin playing trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone/euphonium, or tuba.
- In the Woodwinds section, students may begin playing flute, clarinet, or alto saxophone.
- In the Percussion section, students will learn both the snare drum and the mallets. Students will need to acquire a set of drumsticks and soft rubber mallets.
Students will have playing assessments assigned in managebac. There will also be concert performances outside of the school day, and students are expected to participate.
Intermediate Band students must complete a beginning band course or be able to play at an equivalent proficiency level to enroll in this class. This ensemble is primarily available to students in grade 8. Music concepts in the curriculum will build on the knowledge gained in Beginning Band, including posture, tone production, reading notes, reading rhythms and articulation. Students are expected to acquire an instrument. Percussion students in class will be assigned to different auxiliary percussion instruments for each piece students play in an ensemble. Playing a drum set is not part of the curriculum, although there may be an occasional piece that calls for it. Intermediate Band students will have regular concert performances outside of school and all students are expected to participate. Intermediate Band students will also be taking field trips to perform in public venues in Bangalore as well as shows or combined school events during the year.
Jazz Band (Grades 9-12)
Jazz Band is an open-enrolment class run as a chamber jazz ensemble (a big band with unconventional instrumentation at CIS). In addition to traditional jazz instruments, this course allows for non-traditional strings, orchestral woodwinds, and brass. The curriculum focuses on skill-building in the broader field of jazz performance. Students will study jazz style, theory, improvisation, and listening skills.