Author: Claudia Davies
Music Teacher for Middle and High School Music and Subject Area Leader for Visual and Performing Arts, ACS Doha
The Importance of Extra Curricular Music at ACS Doha
Students at ACS Doha participate in various extra curricular music ensembles, which include the ACS Doha LS and MHS Band, the LS Choir and the MS G8 Band. The department is diverse and continues to promote music-making across the Arts, with students enjoying the opportunity to display their talents at key events during the academic calendar. The most recent events at which ACS Doha students have performed include various school assemblies, the ‘Express Yourself’ Music and Dance Event, Creative Day and Family Fun Day.
Over the last few academic years, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of music exam entries at ACS Egham, from 12 in 2010 -2011 to 54 this year across a wide variety of exam boards including Trinity, The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and London College of Music. I wondered what had caused the jump and what benefits our students found by taking exams?
Students are often able to develop core music skills through especially crafted music board curriculums; making sure students develop a proficiency playing pieces, learning scales, sight-reading and answering aural questions.
As students develop their general musicianship, there too, is a direct correlation with increased enjoyment of playing as they tackle more complex and interesting pieces. There is nothing more satisfying than playing your first Mozart piece perfect! Of course, the time and commitment needed to develop these core skills and pass exams has to be weighed up against other school and social life activities.