Arts at ISZL
Our Arts Programmes provide a foundation for imagination and encourage students to take risks in their creative expressions and artistic endeavours. Visitors to the ISZL art studios, music rooms and theatres will find students whose personal investment in pursuing a mastery of skill is evident in the purposeful atmosphere sustained in these classes. They will find teachers and students passionately engaged with music, drama and the visual arts, bound by their love of practice in these disciplines. Not that any creative journey is easy. Learning in the Arts often takes place outside of an individual’s comfort zone and challenge, risk taking and occasional frustrations are guaranteed alongside the joy and wonder of creating new works.
The creative accomplishments of ISZL students are both visibly grand and subtle. The obvious public achievements – a beautifully played piano sonata at an International Baccalaureate concert, a dramatic moment in the theatre that grips the audience or one of the many student art exhibitions – are indicative of our programmes’ success. But it can be easy to miss the daily individual breakthroughs students achieve as they develop creative skills and deepen their understanding of and personal connection with the world at large.
Our students are developing into cultured 21st century citizens. An education in the Arts helps students learn to identify, appreciate and participate in the traditional art forms of their own communities. As students imagine, create and reflect they are developing both the verbal and the non-verbal abilities necessary for school progress. Students of the arts learn to respect others’ (often very different) ways of thinking, working, and expressing themselves, and to communicate their thoughts and feelings in a variety of modes, giving them a vastly more powerful repertoire of self-expression.
The disciplines of dance, drama and music provide a medium through which students can explore, understand and develop their creative abilities. Learning how to express themselves through the elements of movement, sound, image and word, students develop their skills in performance, communication and collaborative works.
We build confidence in students to perform beginning with the youngest students at ISZL. From show-and-tell sessions and assemblies in lower grades, to reinforcing important concepts in grade level performances, concerts and musicals to their peers and parents, ISZL incorporates the performing arts early in our students’ learning experience.
Creative artistry is taught throughout the programme of inquiry, giving students the opportunity to express themselves through a variety of materials and dimensions and giving rise to a series of exhibitions and displays during the course of the year. There are numerous excursions to local galleries and museums to reinforce concepts. The programme establishes a balance between skills-based art sessions across a diverse range of media and sessions focused on creative development.
Music is taught to all students from Early Years to Grade 8. In Grades 2 and 3 students learn the recorder to understand musical notation that prepares them for learning an instrument of their choice from Grades 4 through 8. In addition to the instrument lessons offered by the school, private instrumental music lessons are also offered. Continuing our collaborative partnership with the Luzern Symphony Orchestra, ISZL embraces their U25 programme that offers ISZL students great access to symphony musicians and performances throughout the symphony’s performance season.
Throughout the school year, students at each campus have the opportunity to perform in numerous choir and instrumental concerts and recitals, showcasing their talent and progress and success. The school has many choir groups for students in Grades 2 - 12. They perform within the school community and also for the larger community including playing concerts for a Zug-based charity and performing with the Zurich Symphony Orchestra on a number of occasions. Instrumental ensembles include Beginner and Intermediate String Ensembles and a Junior Wind Band. The Jazz Band in the High School has been a great success and plays multiple venues each year. ISZL has a large number of students who prepare for ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) examinations each year. ISZL is also a participating member of AMIS (Association for Music in International Schools). ISZL Middle and High School students have been selected, through audition, to participate in both the AMIS Honor Choir and Orchestra performance ensembles.
The students learn to develop an awareness of theatre as an art form, to work cooperatively as a member of an ensemble and to develop a sense of confidence in themselves and in the work they produce.
In each division, there are performances that allow students to perform on stage. From the Primary School stage productions, to the Middle and High School musicals, ISZL students offer truly entertaining performances for their peers, parents and greater Zug and Luzern communities. As a member of the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA), our Middle and High School students have the opportunity to take part in ISTA festivals in Europe. Past workshops have taken place in Luxembourg, Copenhagen and Istanbul.
To learn more about the entire spectrum of Arts at our school, please visit the ISZL Arts website.