Music Philosophy

Music is valued in human culture because it brings us a sense of beauty, connection with others, and belonging to something larger than ourselves. Participating in music involves the learners’ whole being and fosters the development of mind, body and spirit.

Music education develops the skills, knowledge and habits of musicianship and the emotional expressiveness and responsiveness of musicality. Music education supports connections with other disciplines and also builds character through encouraging growth in creativity, resilience, and collaboration. The HKIS music program prepares students to be contributing members of a diverse society, and encourages lifelong music appreciation.

Long-term Transfer Goals
Students will independently use their learning in Music Education to:

  1. Create a personal place for music and enjoy music throughout their lives.
  2. Develop their own musical preferences while appreciating the value of diverse genres.
  3. Be discerning listeners and educated consumers of music, responding to music and having intelligent conversations about what they hear.
  4. Further develop the skills and habits of musicianship and express their individual musicality.
  5. Experience the power of many becoming one through musical connections within an ensemble.

Common Agreements
We agree that Music Education happens best when we:

  1. Show and share our own love of music.
  2. Create safe and positive spaces that invite students to be themselves, take risks and experience the joy of making music.
  3. Give students opportunities to listen, respond to music, and converse about music.
  4. Encourage the development of both musicianship and musicality, and provide opportunities to share music through performance.
  5. Give students opportunities to hear and explore a diverse repertoire.
  6. Provide rewarding and successful ensemble experiences that allow students to feel the power and beauty of musical synchrony.