31st May 2018. It was a particularly magical afternoon for select primary students and their parents as the drama hall was filled with music, singing and applause. This was the time of the year when the progress of our students in music is demonstrated for all to see.
Here at the International School of Samui, we have an intensive music programme through an established “one-to-one” music department. Lessons take place during term time on the school's premises and students learn at their own pace and sessions are focused on their individuals needs as a musician.
Towards the end of the academic year, students are able to perform in front of a small audience to build up their confidence in playing the instrument or singing. This year, 29 students from primary school performed in different styles of solo, duet, choir and band performances.
Theo (Year 3) ran the show as Master of Ceremony (emcee). Our youngest performers from Year 1 were very impressive starting with a piano duet from Tabi and Rosie playing "Bug a Boogie". You can see from their performances how they enjoyed playing the piano together. Later on Dahai, also from Year 1 who only just recently started her vocal lessons sang "Somewhere over the rainbow" whilst Mr Gubbins played the guitar.
All the students' performance were notable and special, but instead of boring you with details, just watch it for yourself here:
These students have achieved their skills in singing and playing instruments this academic year not just through our music programme, but also through the support of their parents that enable them to practise outside ISS. So thank you parents for your encouragement and support to our future musicians.
At the International School of Samui, the emphasis of our lessons is a blend of both proficiency and recreation. For many, learning an instrument is simply about the enjoyment of music, but for those interested in pursuing recognised qualifications, we can follow from a choice of Trinity College London, The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), or The London College of Music (LCM) syllabuses in preparation for taking grade examinations with whichever board.
If your child is interested in exploring this field, we would love to be the team that helps your child discover and hone their talents. If you would like to know more, please don't hesitate to contact our Music Director Dan Gubbins at firstname.lastname@example.org.