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Throughout the year, there are many high-quality ensembles, recitals, performances, and exhibitions. AJIS also participates in many national, regional, and international festivals and conferences that have inspired our students, staff, parents, and the wider community.
From Nursery to Sixth Form, there are many opportunities for students to develop their skills in art, design, drama, music, facilitating creative, social, and intellectual development.
Our students are inspired by specialist teachers and, very often, each other. We also invite a variety of Arts practitioners to the school on a regular basis to perform and to work with students and inspire the community.
We aim to foster a love and appreciation of music in all our students. Our curriculum provides opportunities for students of all ages and ability to fulfill their musical potential through challenging and engaging activities.
During focused music lessons in the EYFS, children are introduced to a rich variety of action songs and rhymes as well as simple rhythmic patterns. There is a strong emphasis on movement as well as exploring the vast array of instruments.
With a specialist teacher, all children from Reception upwards learn songs as part of a large group to develop their confidence as a singer. Children also have specialist music lessons that encourage them to develop their musical appreciation and sense of rhythm, as well as developing their compositional skills.
The Junior School has a rich and varied music curriculum that employs a very practical approach incorporating the key elements of performing, composing, and listening. All our students learn a string, wind, or brass instrument as part of their music program.
At Senior School, there is an emphasis on practical work which allows students to grow in confidence as they develop their vocal and instrumental skills as well as their communication and collaboration skills. Students develop an understanding and perception of music in relation to time, place, and cultures, becoming informed, reflective and critical practitioners.
Students across each school have numerous opportunities to perform as soloists or members of an ensemble throughout the year, both at events in school and also at performances in the community.