Sias International School of Zhengdong New District, Zhengzhou (Sias IS) recognizes the importance of the creative and performing arts as being a formal part of the academic curriculum as well as an excellent opportunity for after-school enrichment.
The creative and performing arts after school program serves as a broad extension to the arts studies that the Sias IS students pursue in their formal academic studies. All students from Early Years to Grade 6 receive two blocks of music and two blocks of art per week. Students currently have options in singing, songwriting, instrumental lessons, drama, and painting, few of which are shown as below.
Grades K-3 Chinese Music Enrichment
Every Wednesday, students from KG to Grade 3 work with professional musicians from the Zhengzhou community to support their in-school music lessons. In these music classes, students enrich their skills in singing, dancing, and music literacy. In after-school music, students use Chinese to connect their skills from the English and World Music they study during the school day.
Grade 4+ Instrumental Program
Students work with a professional musician to study an instrument of their choice. The beginner options are: violin, cello, flute, clarinet, trumpet, and trombone. Students make connections from their general music classes to enhance their musical literacy and develop good techniques on their chosen instrument.
A songwriting course is offered as a weekly ASA. Here, students learn the form of a popular song, common chord progressions, and techniques for writing great lyrics. The students write their own lyrics, melody, and chord progressions. Often, they can play instruments like guitar, piano, and drums to accompany their original pieces. The songwriting students of 2022 also composed the school’s anthem.
Our mission at Sias International School is East meets West. Sias educates and inspires our students to be well-balanced with a strong mind, body and spirit. We develop innovators who approach their learning creatively, critically, reflectively and with the courage to take risks. When students are given the opportunity to enrich their academic learning with arts, they gain a well-rounded education that prepares them with future-oriented skills.