Concordia's Music Program – Shaping Well-Rounded Individuals

By Sponsored, October 17, 2023

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Did you know that Concordia boasts an extensive music program, complete with seven string orchestras, eight choirs, eight bands, and a total of eight dedicated music teachers?

This robust program aligns perfectly with the school's commitment to providing a well-rounded, holistic education. 


For many Concordia students and alumni, participating in band, orchestra, or choir remains a treasured experience and a lifelong passion.

Such meaningful involvement often contributes significantly to their future success in whichever career path they choose.


Comprehensive Curriculum from PreSchool to Grade 12

At Concordia, music instructors craft a comprehensive curriculum that spans from elementary through high school, including offering AP music theory exams to pupils interested in studying music in university. 

From elementary through middle and high school, the curriculum is aligned to the standards prescribed in the American National Association for Music Education, which emphasizes that students develop as strong performers as well as creators.  

A distinguishing feature of the school’s approach is the incorporation of the Kodály philosophy. This educational philosophy posits that music isn't just a skill to be acquired, but an extension of one’s voice and personal identity.


The Early Childhood Specials Program introduces students to music and art as mediums for creative expression.

Activities range from teaching songs using the Kodály method of clapping in rhythm, learning to keep a steady beat by dancing with streamers or scarves, playing small musical instruments, and singing songs in rounds. 

In elementary school, students further their musical skills, learning to play instruments with proper technique, learning to sing solfege and participating and performing in musical ensembles as early as Grade 1.


The middle school program builds on this strong foundation by giving every Grade 5 pupil the opportunity to choose to study either choral music, a string instrument, or a wind instrument.

They continue to have lessons every other day throughout middle and high school, honing their abilities and developing their confidence as performers.

Concordia’s inclusion of the arts as an integral part of a holistic education means pupils have lessons twice or three times a week, where most schools offer lessons once a week.  


Rich Performing Opportunities

Concordia students are offered many exciting local and global performance opportunities, which helps them grow as musicians and artists.

In high school, the program intensifies, offering students opportunities to showcase their talents at international events such as the Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC) Performing Arts Festivals and the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) Festivals.  

This year, Concordia is excited to send selected students to South Korea for the AMIS Festival, and to host the APAC Orchestra Festival in November, featuring an international conductor from Holland.


Experienced and High Caliber Faculty  

The school takes immense pride in its exceptional team of music educators, each with a wealth of teaching experience and specialized expertise in their respective domains.


This distinguished group of teachers brings not just mastery in music, but also a fervent dedication to enriching their students' lives through musical exploration and achievement.


Optimal learning flourishes in an enjoyable and engaging environment. To foster this, Concordia music teachers maintain a classroom atmosphere that is both lighthearted and constructive.

Students are not only encouraged to celebrate each other's achievements, but also guided to develop their critical thinking through in-depth conversations and focused instrument practice.


“I aim to not only teach pupils notes and technique, but to develop the pupil in a holistic manner – finding ways for them to grow and explore not only the intellectual side of music, but also the emotional, physical and spiritual.”

Ms. Mia Björkman, MS/HS Strings Teacher


“In my classes, you will see students actively engaged in music making through singing, moving, playing instruments and games.

“Through regular participation in making music, students develop the skills and self-confidence integral to being a great musician, successful student, and life-long learner.”

Ms. Ilana Shinkle, ES Music Specialist


Beyond Musical Proficiency

Every Concordia student is given ample opportunity to delve deep into the world of music, cultivating their inherent creativity. 

Scientific research has shown that learning an instrument has tangible benefits for brain development and can help pupils improve not only creativity, but also reading, memory and concentration.


Participation in ensemble performances additionally hones students' social skills while bolstering their discipline and ability to collaborate.

In essence, Concordia aims to produce well-rounded individuals through the medium of music.


[All images courtesy of Concordia]

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