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How to cultivate students' ability to appreciate music

Canadian International School of Guangzhou 2022-05-13 15:40:45

Do you know that CIS has an official partnership with the Xinghai Conservatory of Music?


As the only and most prestigious higher music school in Southern China, Xinghai delivers outstanding music and dance education. Established in 1957 and highly recognized for their innovation, their close partnership with Guangzhou Grand Theatre means that CIS students can always enjoy (and perhaps even get a chance to perform) in a plethora of concerts, giving our students an exceptional advantage and unparalleled access to world-class experts, both from China and around the world.


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As a school, CIS knows the importance of quality music and dance education, and we are very proud of our commitment to enrich our students' love of music and dance. Students across the school, especially those in the Wind Orchestra Program, have benefited greatly from CIS’ partnership with Xinghai Conservatory of Music.


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Partnership in Action: Consistent and Professional Support for CIS Wind Band


Learning music takes both passion and perseverance. In our music program, Grade 6 and Secondary music students, both beginner and advanced, are fortunate to be instructed both by our in-school Wind Band conductor Ms. Lemay, and experts from Xinghai, who deliver one-on-one sessions on students’ specific choice of instrument. You'd be surprised that even beginners with almost no prior knowledge of music can already play a complete piece after just a couple of sessions!

 

Concert performances require coordination with fellow musicians, and plenty of collaboration and practice. Our students benefit from consistent instructions from professionals at both CIS and Xinghai, who help them perfect their music skills, and learn both teamwork and showmanship.


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Reliving the Classics: Performances from Xinghai Bands Help Build Appreciation of Music

This year, CIS students from Grade 1 to 12 were inspired by three stunning performances for our “in-house music field trips”. The well-known Brilliant Quintet, Pixel Ensemble and Longardner Jazz Combo each made their instruments shine on our fabulous W Hall stage. After their concert, the professional artists answered music students’ questions, gave autographs and even took selfies with our students!

 

It was amazing to see students learn so much about how to engage with an audience, how to deliver a compelling performance and command stage presence, and of course, learn what different instruments sound like. By constantly immersing students in these activities, CIS aims to build up an appreciation of music amongst our student body. After all, you don't need to be a music expert to love music!


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See you at our International Day Concert on May 28!

Curious to hear CIS students play? Join our Wind Orchestra on Saturday, May 28! Save the date and see you soon!


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