Musical Futures

I recently spent some time at the annual conference for Nord Anglia Education. BIS Abu Dhabi is one of 41 schools within the group now and, as ever, the opportunity to share ideas with Principals of schools from across the world was rewarding and inspiring. Our students already benefit from so many aspects of being part of a wider group and it is so exciting to see this being continually developed and expanded.

One unique aspect of being part of a Nord Anglia School is our partnership with The Juilliard School in New York. In case anyone is not already familiar, Juilliard is arguably the world’s leading school for Performing Arts, and our partnership with them is going to drive our curriculum for Music and Dance for this year and for many years to come.

This term we are receiving visits from Juilliard staff and Juilliard graduates who are working with our teachers and students. Imagine how exciting it is if you are working on a GCSE Dance project and you receive guidance in your school from the Head of Dance at Juilliard!

The Juilliard graduate who is with us this week is Jessica Meyer, a violist, composer and educator, who is working with children from many year groups. Not only has this inspired our students but also makes a big difference in supporting professional development for our teachers for lessons in the future.

Whilst we recognise our esteemed visitors, we should also acknowledge the Miniature Musical that took place on Monday. This orchestra and choir was made up of 250 of our Year 1 and Year 2 students. Although this meant the Hall was a little crowded, the impact such an event can have on inspiring young musicians and singers is immense.

Our official launch of the Juilliard collaboration takes place next week, including an event for parents, which is outlined elsewhere in this newsletter. All are welcome to attend, and please do keep encouraging your children to take advantage of all the amazing opportunities that lie before them.