Music at Iale School

 

EVERY CHILD AN INSTRUMENT

The firm commitment of Iale for music as an essential discipline in cognitive and intellectual development of the human being has resulted in structured music teaching in all educational stages, allowing all students to reach a high theoretical and practical level by the end of their studies.

Our Music Integrated in the Curriculum Project “Every child is an instrument” enables all students, from age 5 to 15, to learn to play an instrument individually within the CURRICULUM, dividing them into three or four very small groups led by specialist teachers of each instrument (all with advanced degrees in their instrument). In addition to individual learning, students also learn to combine their interpretations by performing in groups.

To do this we offer quality teaching through our Music and Dance School and our Professional Music School (official private conservatory).  This is innovative and personalised, adapted to each of the educational stages with different learning objectives, from early education to vocational education.

Below is the current structure of music teaching in Iale.

 

EARLY MUSIC

Musical initiation at an early age has shown to have great benefits for awakening the senses, improving listening, enhancing memory and promoting creativity. For this reason, Iale offers the three most renowned methods of early music education: Gabou, Willems and Suzuki.

 

Gabou Method

Suitable for children from age 1, this method introduces music through imitation and experimentation with a number of games carried out in group classes where the teacher, students and family interact through music. The diatonic scale is used. At this stage contact with music is at a very basic level; the aim being to creating an enjoyable experience for the child through play. Imitation is one of the basic tools of learning and the experiences are adapted to the child’s age. Currently, this method is taught as an extracurricular activity through the Iale Music School in collaboration with the Gabou Institute for Music and Development.

Willems Method

This innovative education method musically trains the inner ear as a language through reacting to sound, melody, harmony and polyphony. In Iale music education is introduced in the curriculum from age 3 using this method, starting with positive class experiences. Physical exercises and moving to the music fosters not only learning but also a love for music.

Suzuki Method

Suitable for children from age 3, this method allows children to learn to play an instrument with the same ease as they learn to speak, by repeating musical pieces that are increase in complexity depending on the progress of each child. The method combines individual lessons and group lessons, and involves parents in the learning. Iale offers the Suzuki Method in its School of Music as an extracurricular activity, with the following instruments: Flute, Piano, Violin, Cello.

 

ELEMENTARY MUSIC LESSONS

Through Elementary Music Education, our students not only learn discipline and technique but also enrich their awareness and understanding through music. All our students have the opportunity to study elementary music as an optional extracurricular activity through the Music School, as well as within the curriculum through our “Every child an instrument” project which is detailed later.

Elementary Music Education courses run from 1º de Primaria (Year 2) to 6º de Primaria (Year 7). They start with the courses PRE1 and PRE2 (Year 2 and Year 3) and then continue with the four courses (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th). Students can choose any instrument and in addition can participate in music theory classes, choir, orchestra and band.

At the end the students can achieve the Título Elemental de Música.

 

PROFESSIONAL MUSIC TRAINING

The Centro Profesional de Música “Ignacio Monzonís” (registered private conservatory) offers Professional Music Training as an extracurricular activity, alongside the curriculum project “Every child an instrument” which will be explained later in detail. These regulated lessons allow students to obtain the Título Profesional de Música in their chosen specialty (official qualification).

The Professional Music Training in Iale starts when the students move into secondary (1º ESO)  and finishes in sixth form with the possibility of obtaining the previously mentioned Título Profesional de Música. As well as studying the instrument, students also study Music Theory, Harmony, Chamber Music, Music History, etc.

The specialisms offered are singing, clarinet, double bass, bassoon, flute, guitar, oboe, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, French horn, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin and cello.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Over the course of their musical studies at Iale, students can obtain the following qualifications, after sitting the corresponding exams:

  • Certificado de Estudios Elementales de Música.
  • Título de Grado Elemental de Música.
  • Título de Grado Profesional de Música.
  • Qualification from the Royal School of Music (ABRSM).