SIS Students Becoming Notable Bayside Composers

SIS Students Becoming Notable Bayside Composers While the seniors have been taking exams, the juniors in IB Music  have been exploring composition techniques.

SIS music standards require students to “compose short pieces within specified guidelines.”  Additionally, higher level students in IB music are required to create three compositions each lasting three to six minutes.

The students’ first project is a short song built around a brief poem.  Creating in stages, the students first notate rhythm for the text.  Then they turn the rhythm into a melody and select chords to accompany it.  Finally, the chords are transformed into lively and interesting accompaniments.

Using the notation website  www.noteflight.com, the students notate and print their compositions.  In class, each student’s composition is projected on the screen while teachers and peers give feedback.

At first, the idea of composing seemed a daunting task, but the students have really enjoyed creating their own original music.

“As a clarinet player, I have always been a music performer. It is really interesting and exciting to be on the other side of the score and actually become the composer of new pieces!” – Marguerite Jacqueline

“Composing is challenging because we have to harmonize the melody with chords to produce mellifluous sound.” – Jung Mok Lee

“My favorite part about our composition unit is getting to hear what others have created. Our class has quite an array of musical talents.  Everyone comes up with something a bit different, which makes it interesting.” – Sofi Belnap

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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