The positive benefits of music on a child’s education and overall development are already recognized and Professor Howard Gardner, who first proposed the theory of multiple intelligences, upon which Wellington College’s Eight Aptitudes are based, identified musicality as a distinct area of human intelligence.
At Wellington College International Shanghai pupils from Pre-Nursery to Year 9 receive a specialist music lesson every week. Pupils study a range of topics intended to excite their curiosity and develop their musical creativity. These include composition skills, music history, jazz, pop song arrangement and film music alongside world music topics.
Music is offered as a GCSE option in Years 10 and 11 following the Edexcel specification and the department also offers Music as part of the IBO Diploma Programme.
Individual instrumental tuition is available to pupils above Year 3. Tuition is available on violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, acoustic and electric guitar, drums, singing and piano. Instrument lessons are 40 minutes long and all lessons take place during the school day on a rotating timetable. Please note tuition is subject to a place being available in a music tutor’s timetable.
The music department offers a wide range of after school activities, including string ensemble, woodwind ensemble, Senior and Prep School choirs, Prep School drumming ensemble, Senior School samba band, Prep School GarageBand club, Senior School electronic music production and a Key Stage 1 music club.