At Agora Portals, music is a key part of the complete education we offer our pupils to ensure their all-round development as people. Through music, students develop valuable qualities such as effort and self-improvement, sensitivity, organisation and teamwork.
Music Education at Agora Portals International School
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Music education favours the overall development of people and the perfection of particular talents. At school our music classes are taught both in individual and group classes.
“Music, for its multi-sensory character, is a powerful educational tool. As well as the innumerable benefits it offers children in terms of intellectual, verbal and motor development, music favours creativity and significantly reinforces emotional and affective links. Given that children are ready to know and learn through their senses, feelings and intellect, musical education introduced at the Infant Education phase contributes in a big way to their integral development.”
In addition, the study of music activates certain areas of the brain and sets processes to work which affect the nervous system and stimulate the two cerebral hemispheres. In this way, the areas responsible for logical-mathematical thinking and language learning are strengthened.”
“The study and practice of an instrument provides a daily discipline difficult to reach in another way and which extends to other subjects. In effect, when a child takes an instrument, he or she learns that by practising and working every day the pieces come together, and self-motivation comes from being aware of his/her achievements. Therefore, he/she learns the value of individual effort. Interpreting music exercises intelligence and gets children used to following various forms of reasoning at the same time, in this way encouraging attention and concentration.”
Integrated Music School
Agora Portals International School also has the advantage of being an Integrated Music School, so that the pupils, according to the academic year at which they join the school, will earn the Elementary Diploma in Music.
In the same way, if our pupils would like to continue and broaden their music studies, we also teach (as an optional extra and in a timetable compatible with their usual studies) the programmes leading to the Professional Diploma in Music.
Pupils at Agora Portals obtain the Elementary Diploma in Music at the end of Primary Education. However, for this to be possible legally, they must have begun their studies at our school between the ages of 3 and 8.
Music teaching contributes to the all-round development of a person: developing intellectual capacity, cultivating artistic and creative sensitivity, strengthening their sense of effort and discipline, favouring co-operation and fostering a critical attitude. In this way, the foundation of this project is to understand music not as another aspect of an all-round education, but as one of its main and unifying elements. Music education, therefore, is one of the distinctive and characteristic features of our school.
That’s why our pupils, in the Infant Education phase, get started in the world of music in a sensory way. This knowledge is extended throughout the Primary Education stage, in which they begin the study of a musical instrument, and during which time we recommend that they have contact with music almost every day. All the children play instruments and sing regularly each week in some of the varied instrument and singing groups at school.
At the end of Primary Education, all our pupils obtain the Elementary Diploma in Music.Those pupils who decide to continue with professional music teaching at ESO and Baccalaureate will obtain the Professional Certificate in Music at the end of Baccalaureate.
In addition, throughout the academic year pupils can take an active part in the different music events organised, performing like true professionals in front of their classmates. For example, various schools from the NACE group take part in International Music Week and the Rafeal Nadal Music Writing Competition, two events which provide pupils with a global experience which goes beyond the music.