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Music at BCIS

The music curriculum in the Secondary School is built upon the IBMYP Middle Years Program framework for students in classes from Grades 6 - 10.  In Grade 11 and 12, IB Diploma Music is offered at both Standard and Higher Level. All students taking music in Grades 10, 11, and 12 join a school-based ensemble and the HS Choir, performing regularly as members of these ensembles and as soloists.

Ensemble Program

In the Secondary School Music Department there are a range of ensemble opportunities for students to join in on a weekly rehearsal basis:

BCIS Orchestra - Tuesdays 15:30 - 16:30, Rm 2416 (open to students who have played an orchestral instrument for 1 year or more)

BCIS Jazz Ensemble - Thursdays 15:30 - 16:30, Rm 2416 (open to students who have played an instrument for 2 years or more)

Middle School Choir - Monday lunchtime, Rm 2416 (open to students Grades 6 - 8)

High School Choir - Friday lunchtime, Rm 2416 (open to students Grades 9 - 12)

Students are welcome to join these ensembles at any time in the school year. Performance opportunities include assembly performances, Winter Concert, Spring Concert, and other events throughout the year. In addition to school-based ensembles students can form their own groups and rehearse independently. The major performance opportunity for these students is the exciting and dynamic BCIS Idol event held annually.

Instrumental Music Program

BCIS are pleased to offer Instrumental Music Tuition for students. Tuition will be offered in a variety of instruments listed below as well as composition. To enrol, please download and complete the attached form and return to the ES office or Scondary School office by Thursday, October 12, 2016.

BCIS Program Information & Enrolment Form

Lesson Information & Tuition Fees: There is a choice of 30 minute individual lesson or a 30 minute group lesson. Tuition fees for 2016-2017 have been set at 360 RMB per hour. Fees must be paid in full in advance of the first lesson. Payment can be made in RMB by cash to the Finance Department in Rm 1202.

Rotating Timetable: Lessons will run on a rotating schedule between 08:30 - 16:30 and students will be withdrawn from class to attend each lesson. After school lessons can also be arranged. Students in Grade 2 - Grade 5 will be collected and returned to class for each lesson. Students in Secondary School are required to remember their lesson time and attend promptly as they will not be collected from class.

Tuition Fees: September to December 2016

Type of Lesson Semester Fees - 14x30 minute lessons @ 360 RMB per hour
30 minute individual music lesson 2520 RMB

Instrument Purchase: Instruments should be bought by parents before lessons begin through a reputable dealer which BCIS staff can advise parents on. Alternatively once your child is enrolled, parents can contact the instrumental music teacher direct for assistance in purchasing an instrument.

Group Lessons: Group lessons of up to two students are for beginners only and are at the discretion of the instrumental teacher. Group lessons will not be available in Piano.

Piano students: It is essential that piano students have a piano at home for regular practise. A keyboard, however, would suffice for beginners in their first year. Arrangements for subsequent years would then need to be made to purchase or hire of a piano. Pianos and Keyboards can be bought or hired through local music retail outlets.

BCIS Orchestra

BCIS Orchestra

Grade 6 & 7 Choir

Grade 6 & 7 Choir

HS Choir

HS Choir

BCIS Jazz Ensemble

BCIS Jazz Ensemble


BCIS is accredited by the CIS (Council of International Schools) and WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), which demonstrates that the school meets demanding international standards in all the areas of philosophy and objectives, curriculum, governance and management, staff, student support services, resources, and student and community life.Visit www.cois.org and www.acswasc.org for more information.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. The three programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Founded in 1968, IBO currently works with 2,771 schools in 138 countries to develop and offer three challenging programmes to over 763,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.Visit www.ibo.org for more information.

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