Is your child an emerging concert pianist? A future professional drummer? A fantastic flutist? Or do they have all of these talents? KES offers students with artistic tendencies numerous opportunities throughout the academic year to showcase their musical talent. For music students, this means participating in various competitions and concerts, including King’s-Edgehill School’s annual Spring Fling.
Studying Music at KES means having the opportunity to immerse oneself in a variety of musical genres. The classics may give way to classic rock, and jazz may be followed by a popular movie theme song. Our music department is known for our expert instruction and exposure to music and musical instruments. Led by a professional musician, Jeff Smith, the Music programme at King’s-Edgehill School is enriching, fun and rewarding. Members of the KES bands are also given the opportunity to travel for various competitions. In past years annual band trips have been to such places as New York, Disney World, Cuba, and Mexico.
The Cadet Corps Band also provides music students with leadership and performance opportunities. Annual events including Remembrance Day and the Sunset Ceremony require that the band perform publically and, quite frequently, while marching. KES believes participating in any band builds a student’s confidence and stamina.
The most recognized musical event at KES, however, is the Spring Fling. This year’s annual Spring Fling concert of bands will be held on Thursday, May 19th, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Fountain Performing Arts Centre. KES staff, teachers, parents and students will gather to listen to the entire collection of school ensembles, including the Senior Concert band, Jazz Band, Grades 7 to 10 class bands, IB group, 227 Band, School Choir, as well as other musical soloists.
The School bands and musical performances, in addition to our art exhibitions, allow the imaginative talents of our students to shine. Other creative endeavours such as dance are available as an afternoon sport activity. Our singing and choral group rehearses in the evenings and performs at special times on and off campus throughout the year.
The arts make up one of the essential four pillars of a KES education. Some programs, such as Drama, Music and Visual Art, are part of the regular academic curriculum and are available as IB courses as well. KES believes in the importance of art and music to enhance a student’s mental advantage, improve their memory, build their confidence and teach them patience.
For more information on arts programming at King’s-Edgehill School, please download your copy of the KES eBook, The Arts Take Centre Stage