Official Music Academy
Elementary and Professional diplomas
14 different instruments
Individual and group lessons
35 specialist teachers
10 years’ experience as an integrated Music Academy
Opportunities to perform in concerts and musical events
At Agora Portals International School, music forms an important part of our integrated educational approach and is an essential step on the road to educating well-rounded, creative, sensitive individuals. In addition to the specific skills acquired though the study of a particular musical instrument, a broad musical education encourages our pupils to develop intrinsic skills such as the ability to work hard, concentrate, to be self-disciplined and to understand that improvement and excellence comes with practice and hard work. Students can take individual classes or group lessons.
Music contributes to all-round personal development, boosting intellectual capacity, stimulating artistic and creative sensibility, encouraging hard work and self-discipline, providing opportunities to work closely with other musicians and artists and fostering a critical spirit. We believe that a sound musical education should not be considered as an add-on or an extra part of a child’s education, but that it forms a fundamental and indispensable element of our overall educational vision and is thus one of the distinguishing characteristics of the education offered at Agora Portals International School.
Our youngest pupils first experience music in a sensory way during Preschool and we continue to expand and develop our students’ relationship with music throughout their Primary years when they start to study a musical instrument. At Agora Portals, Music forms part of the curriculum in some way or other almost every day and children regularly play and sing in instrumental groups and choirs. Throughout the school year various musical events are organised and children get to perform in front of their parents and classmates. Additionally, pupils can participate in International Music Week, an event organised by the NACE Schools group, which gives students the opportunity to connect and perform with musicians from other NACE schools from around the world.
The Music School at Agora Portals International School is an officially certified Music Academy, and depending on age and musical experience, students can work towards achieving their Elementary Grade Music qualifications. Should pupils wish to continue to advance their musical studies, our Music Academy can provide them will all the resources and professional training that they will need to obtain their Higher-Level Music qualifications. Preparation for these professional grade music examinations can be undertaken alongside mainstream curricular studies.
Pupils at Agora Portals International School work to achieve their Elementary Grade music examinations by the end of Primary School, although, in order to achieve this, the official requirements dictate that they must have studied music at the school from 3 to 8 years old. All students obtain the Elementary Music Certificate by the end of their Primary Education stage and those pupils who wish to pursue their musical studies to a higher level during Secondary school or at Pre-University level can work towards obtaining the Professional Grade music qualifications.
“Music, for its multi-sensory character, is a powerful educational tool. As well as the innumerable benefits it offers children in terms of intellectual, verbal and motor development, music favours creativity and significantly reinforces emotional and affective links. Given that children are ready to know and learn through their senses, feelings and intellect, musical education introduced at the Infant Education phase contributes in a big way to their integral development.”
In addition, the study of music activates certain areas of the brain and sets processes to work which affect the nervous system and stimulate the two cerebral hemispheres. In this way, the areas responsible for logical-mathematical thinking and language learning are strengthened.”
David León Fioravanti
“The study and practice of an instrument provides a daily discipline difficult to reach in another way and which extends to other subjects. In effect, when a child takes an instrument, he or she learns that by practising and working every day the pieces come together, and self-motivation comes from being aware of his/her achievements. Therefore, he/she learns the value of individual effort. Interpreting music exercises intelligence and gets children used to following various forms of reasoning at the same time, in this way encouraging attention and concentration.”
“All the children at school have one choir session per week. But, very quickly, we realised that some of them wanted more. So for this reason, we decided to create the Agora Portals Choir. They develop their voice; they develop their ear, forces the pupils to be with other voices, and requires vertical listening.
We have rehearsals in groups of three or four pupils to complement the weekly group rehearsals. These sessions enable me to get to know each child’s voice and their possibilities, and monitor their development. The class with smaller groups allows me to teach them bodily and theatrical techniques to help them know how to act in a stage environment. Furthermore, they learn biology: I explain the anatomy of the voice.”