THE MUSIC PROGRAM AT KISU
KISU has a diversified music program comprising of Western and African music. KISU offers IGCSE, IB and ABRSM music courses, in addition to the National Curriculum of Britain and the Wales. The music program at KISU encourages active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. It helps influence pupils’ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity, creating a sense of achievement and self-worth, and increasing pupils’ ability to work with others in a group context. The program develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgments about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfillment. All students at KISU are presented with the opportunity to play at least two instruments; one western and one African. Students are also presented with numerous opportunities to celebrate their achievements through performing both in groups as well as individually on assemblies, music recitals, and end of term productions.
The Department of Music at KISU offers a variety of performing opportunities, contributing towards students’ final grades. Students are taught to play minimum of two instruments each year; one African and one Western (though one may choose to study more than two instruments). Instrumentation is an integral part of the classroom music program which leads to various performance opportunities during the course of the year including assembly performances, music recitals, IB Graduation events, Awards Ceremonies, Christmas Concerts, and end of year music productions.
Students seeking to improve their playing or singing ability have the option of taking individual private lessons for an additional fee. Approximately eight professional musicians from around Kampala offer intensive weekly instruction in voice, keyboard, wind, string, and percussion instruments. Students may study piano, classical guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, modern drums, African drums, cornet, recorder, violin, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and African Xylophone.
FACILITIES AND RESOURCES
The main facility is the Music and Drama Building, the department's main venue for group music, individual tuitions, band room and practice rooms. The School Auditorium provides additional teaching and rehearsal space as well as performance space. The Amphitheatre and outdoor stage are available for rehearsal as well as performances as appropriate.
At KISU, assessment plays a major role in music education as it determines much of the work students undertake. It affects their approach to learning and it is an indication of which aspects of the program are valued most highly. Students are assessed both practically and theoretically, internally and internationally. The music international examinations done at KISU include ABRSM, IGCSE Music and IB Music.