The ISF Music Department offers students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 a context within which to develop their understanding of music. Students in grades 1 through 8 cover a general music curriculum, and students in the ISF High School have the opportunity to pursue further music studies at the IGCSE, AP®, or IB level.
The Kindergarten to Grade 4 music curriculum follows the American elementary music textbook series “Share the Music.” Music classes meet at least once per week in these grades and cover age-appropriate musical concepts. Students sing and play rhythm instruments and learn the basics of music reading. All students in Kindergarten to Grade 4 perform in concerts twice annually.
In Grades 5 to 7, ISF students choose between band, chorus, and string ensembles. Grades 5-7 have weekly rehearsals and Grade 8 rehearses twice a week. These ensembles are showcased at performances twice per year. Music ensembles and instruction on instruments such as guitar, keyboard, brass, woodwinds, strings, or vocal ensemble are offered as part of the SLO® activity schedule to give more students the chance to play or sing.
In grades 8 and 9, ISF students choose either music or art. Students have music class twice a week and participate in an additional practical music activities. For this practical component, students may choose an SLO® ensemble, an outside performance group, or a private lesson.
The ISF Music Department also offers a number of music ensembles as part of SLO® as well as additional private instrumental or vocal instruction for interested students.