Five Grade 11 and 12 IB Diploma Music students travelled to the International School of Amsterdam to attend the Association of Music in International Schools (AMIS) 'Workshop for Students and Teachers of IB Music'.
Our students attended various sessions that supported and extended aspects of their Diploma course, including workshops on: solo performance, composition, music technology, jazz improvisation, listening, the examination set work Kodaly's 'Dances of Galanta', and Javanese Gamelan music. They also had the opportunity to attend a multi-media concert of Parisian piano music from the 1920s at the world renowned Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The IB DP music workshop was also a great opportunity for ICS students to build friendships with other musicians from international schools around the world.
"The best part of the workshop for me was definitely the practical Gamelan sessions. I had read quite a bit about Gamelan, but bringing the instruments to life and actually being able to play them -- and learn about the techniques -- gave me so much more enriched knowledge," said ICS student Monica C.
Elise M said, "The piano performance workshop was a highlight for me. I loved listening to pieces from other pianists, the workshop leader was extremely knowledgeable and encouraging, and hearing feedback from other students based on the criteria was very helpful." She added, "The music technology workshop was very inspiring and gave insight into areas I don't normally get to learn about or have access to."
ICS student Sophie K said that the multi-media concert the students attended at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw was her personal "highlight". "I really enjoyed the emotion expressed in each piece and the beauty of the more complex romantic harmonies that are less common to baroque and classical pieces. The lights and set design also helped enhance certain moods and I think it was a very creative way of presenting romantic/impressionist repertoire to a modern audience."