Your passion for music is combined with your programme of study

music students performing in a music concert, international school
Both music and theatre are passions of mine, so being able to take them both for my IB is amazing. It's a lot of work, but I'm finding the history of both subjects fascinating, and I get lots of performance opportunities as well which is great.
Monica C, Grade 12 student

All students are required to take music through Grade 7 and may continue studying it longer if they wish.

Alongside class lessons, we offer many extra-curricular opportunities for students to take part in ensemble music-making.

These include our Primary choir, and Secondary ensembles such as the ICS String Orchestra, Rock Band, Jazz Band and Ukulele Group.

From Grade 8 through to Grade 10, the study of Music at ICS is designed to develop students’ understanding of the music around them, prepare them for further study in Music, and foster lifelong musical skills and understanding. Music students explore a range of concepts such as Change, Communication, Aesthetics, and Identity. They learn about music theory, composition and arranging, and aural analysis. Students undertake inquiries into music styles and genres, placing them in social, historical and cultural contexts, and discover the musical features that define each style.

Please see the information about music clubs below. Students can sign up for Music ensembles in August.


ICS Performing Arts Students - Music Gallery

Voice & Instrument Lessons

Alongside the extra-curricular ensembles at ICS, students may also wish to take individual instrument lessons.

Voice & Instrument Programme (V.I.P.)

ICS hosts several private instrument teachers each week, who offer after-school individual lessons. Current instruments on offer include: piano, voice, violin, viola, clarinet, saxophone guitar and drums. See the Music noticeboard outside the Music Practice Rooms or email for further information.

Zumikon Musikschule

ICS is pleased to have developed links with the Zumikon Musikschule (near the Zumikon Dorfplatz). The Musikschule offers private lessons on a range of instruments, including strings, wind, brass, piano, keyboard, drums, accordion, recorder, electric guitar/bass and harp. Their prices for ICS students are very reasonable and lessons are sometimes available in English. The Musikschule has two intakes each year, with application forms due several months in advance.

For more information, visit or email

Instrument Teachers in Zurich

ICS also keeps a list of private instrument teachers in the Zurich area. Please contact for a copy.