Looking for a school with great music and drama options? The performing arts program at Chatsworth International School is all about passion and fulfilment. It offers a diverse and accessible school music program as well as a performing arts program that caters for both performance and production – all that, plus cool new facilities.
When it comes to great school music programs, practice makes perfect!
Here’s good news for your budding Pharrell Williams: the music practice rooms at Chatsworth have been upgraded with new soundproofing and acoustic padding to provide tip-top sound production and recording. What about your little Beyonce? They’re going to need plenty of practice, too. That’s where the five music rehearsal rooms will come in handy. This school music program will cover the bases for a wide range of kids’ interests in music and the performing arts.
Facilities are one thing, but getting the practice hours in is another. That’s why the music department at Chatsworth jumps at every opportunity to put on performances throughout the year. Events like the UN Day, Student Council Evening, the School Fair, Graduation Ceremony and Halloween have all had a live soundtrack provided by one of the musical groups. Impromptu Friday concerts in ‘the Nest’ (a popular meeting place on campus) have been a great hit with both students and teachers, too. The music teachers have pitched in by playing solo, and the piano students have had a go at performing in front of their peers. Pretty brave, huh?
Walking the walk and talking the talk
This is one of the cool things about the performing arts program at Chatsworth International School: the staff are still performing and creating. Many of them are not only passionate about but also active in the arts community here in Singapore. Whether it’s playing the piano professionally, performing in live bands, producing music, singing in choirs or directing and acting in local theatre, the love that they have for their art forms is well understood by their students. It also helps that when it comes to putting their skills to practice, the students trust that the teachers know what they are talking about. They’ve been there, done that, bought the t-shirt.
But why listen to us? We thought that we would ask the school’s toughest critics, the students themselves. We spoke with three representatives from both the school music program and the performing arts program.
Abbie Rose: What do you love most about playing in the school band?
“I love working with my friends to do something I’m passionate about. I love to sing – it’s all I ever do! For the school band, I’m one of two singers – we sing together and sometimes do harmonies. And I’m also learning to play the bass guitar at the same time. To be able to perform at the end just gives me a great rush of enjoyment. It’s so fun!”
– Abbie Rose Humphreys, Year 7
Adeeti: Why did you decided to record an album as part of your personal MYP Personal Project?
“I wanted to do something that built and challenged my skills while incorporating my passion for music. Recording an album was a challenging goal, but it built upon previous experiences I had enjoyed in the past. I’d always wanted to produce songs of my own and have the freedom to play with chords and lyrics. Being able to write about themes that were important to me and my peers gave me great pride in achieving the end product.”
– Adeeti Bhagat, Year 11
Nina: You’ve been involved in both dramatic and musical performances at school. Which do you enjoy most and why?
“Both of these arts, acting and performing music, have their advantages. And, while I’m passionate about both of them, there is a rush that comes with taking on a new character that can’t be mirrored in a musical performance. In my experience, it’s a lot easier to get nervous when performing music than a piece of theatre. My thought process for this is that, when you’re acting, you’re a different person on stage; it makes it almost as though you can’t be held accountable should you make any mistakes.”
– Nina Issel, Year 10
If your children’s home activities are starting to resemble the ‘Jackson Five’, then take a look at Chatsworth’s Enrolment Offer, available now. Enjoy 50 percent off application and confirmation fees (a huge saving of S$1,375!) when you enrol between now and 11 May 2020.
Chatsworth International School is at 72 Bukit Tinggi Road.
6463 3201 | chatsworth.com.sg
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