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Performing Arts

Music and Drama play a very special part in the life of all students at BIS. They bring opportunity, awe, wonder and joy to everyone in the community. The enriching experiences and knowledge gained by our students will live with them for the rest of their lives.

Music is taught by specialist teachers as a compulsory subject to all students from Pre-School up to the end of KS 3 and is then available as an option choice at GCSE and IB levels. Drama is integrated into the Primary school curriculum and is taught by specialist teachers as a compulsory subject to all students in KS 3. It is then available as an option choice at IGCSE and as Theatre at IB level.

Throughout the Primary School, great emphasis is placed on providing both informal and formal performance opportunities for the students. Class and year group assemblies often include performance and, in addition to these, musical theatre productions are staged each year by the whole of Year 1 (Christmas), Year 3 and Year 5. The fabulous BIS World Theatre adds a very special dimension to these exciting performances.

Students in the Secondary School also have plenty of opportunity for performance. In addition to regular performances in their music and drama lessons, students in KS 3 are able to audition for the annual KS 3 production. Regular lunchtime concerts are staged for and by students and informal rehearsals take place every lunchtime in the various music/drama classrooms. Students taking Drama at IGCSE and IB Theatre are expected to take part in more formal productions during the year, exploring the opportunities which exist not only for acting, but also for the technical aspect of theatrical production as well. The BIS World Theatre offers unparalleled exposure to the technical side of production, with its state of the art lighting and sound systems. Each year, the Secondary School stages a musical production, open by audition to all students. We also regularly stage performances in which students work along side professional artists at the BIS World Theatre.

Individual instrumental tuition is offered to all students from Years 3 to 13 by our resident team of 11 music tutors. Tuition is available as a weekly 30 minute lesson on the piano, all orchestral instruments, classical and electric guitar, percussion and voice. Currently, more than 400 students are receiving a weekly music lesson at the school.
Musical activities are well supported, with orchestras, choirs, small instrumental ensembles, the jazz band and rock groups all rehearsing weekly. Opportunities are also provided for tuition and performance on our own full sets of Javanese Gamelan and Sumatran Drums.

BIS is an examining centre for ABRSM exams, hosting an annual visit by an examiner. Each year, a large number of students take an ABRSM exam. Our students regularly achieve the highest marks in Jakarta and sometime the whole of Indonesia at the various grade levels on their instrument. Both instrumentalists and singers look forward to the chance to travel to the annual FOBISSEA Music Festival and our drama students are able to take part in Festivals organised by ISTA.

The BIS World Theatre is a fantastic facility which is aimed to give our students a rich cultural education whilst supporting our curriculum. With facilities second to none, we aim to attract and produce the best professional music, drama and dance to benefit our students and the School community as a whole.

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