Music has a unique role in the curriculum at Bangkok Patana School, both in Primary and in Secondary. It combines intellectual and physical skills and evokes a deep emotional and aesthetic response. It embraces all ages, cultures and social backgrounds. Music is given high priority and the skills and appreciation of music are taught and encouraged across the two schools. Children perform regularly in school productions and concerts, and at functions around Bangkok where they represent the school. We have close liaison with other international schools and join together for choral and instrumental festivals.
The aim of the Primary Music Curriculum is for all students, by the end of Year 6, to have developed their music ability through performing, composing, listening and appraising music from a range of contexts and styles. Students should develop:
All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 learn a chosen instrument and attend music lessons in performance ensembles instead of class groups. These ensembles include string ensemble, Thai instrument ensemble, vocal ensemble, concert band and guitar ensemble. In Years 10- 13, the music programme is focused on the areas of performing, composing, listening and appraising and is based on the (I)GCSE and the IB music curricula.
Music is given high priority at Patana and the appreciation and performance of music is taught and encouraged across the school. Students regularly perform in school productions, concerts, examinations, informal concerts and functions around Bangkok where they represent our school. The Instrumental Music Programme has been steadily growing and now serves nearly 600 students studying over 25 different instruments.
Each year, towards the end of Term 1 and Term 3, the Instrumental Music department organises external performance and theory examinations overseen by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and Trinity Rock School. Examiners from the UK evaluate and offer suggestions to each student providing valuable feedback of an international standard. Students are encouraged to enter for these exams; working towards these exams encourages practice and long term goal setting, enabling them to chart their progress over the years. Our results in the practical and theory examinations have been excellent with many students gaining merit and distinction passes.
These examinations are highly regarded in the UK and overseas, and act as an international marker for standards of musicianship.