Music Evening is a special annual showcase for parents, students, and teachers to experience the talent of our school’s entire ensemble of Lower, Upper, and Secondary Choirs, as well as the Concert Band, Rock Bands, and Soloists. This signature event also shines a spotlight on our student conductors' exceptional leadership skills as they guide musicians through one of the most memorable performances of the year.
Not only does Music Evening provide an excellent platform for students to showcase their musical talents, but it also underscores the importance of music education. Music plays a vital role in enhancing students' cognitive development and academic performance. It encourages creativity, boosts self-confidence, and teaches students essential life skills such as discipline and teamwork.
“One of the best things about NIS is that we recognize the fact that learning happens everywhere,” said Mr. Kasson Bratton, Director of Learning. “The learning journey that these musicians have been on has required a great deal of practice and time spend rehearsing, a high level of collaboration with fellow musicians, and support from those around them. This support includes parents, as well as teachers and classmates. Two specific supporters who deserve special thanks are Music Teacher Ms. Amy Keus and Performing Arts Teacher Ms. Heidi Dean, who not only give their time and expertise to making events like this happen, but consistently amplify student voice.”
Incorporating music education within the context of Student Voice and Student Choice is a powerful combination. When students are given the opportunity to follow their passions and choose their preferred instrument or genre, they become more engaged and invested in their learning. It allows them to express themselves freely and fosters a sense of ownership and agency.
“Students conducting the band, orchestra, and choir, students running the backstage and tech crew, and our four wonderful MCs are all examples of student agency living within our music programme,” said Mr. Bratton. “This approach helps build confidence, expertise, and extend students beyond their comfort zones. This growth and this journey would not be possible without their contributions.”