Music at the Lycée is taught in French from Pre-school through ninth grade.
Marick Fargues teaches Pre-school and Middle School.
Marie Erintikola teaches Primary School (grades 1-5).
A Universal Language
"Music deserves to be the mandatory second language in every school in the world."
-Paul Carvel (Belgian author)
Musical education at the Lycée Français is based on the principle set forth by the French Ministry for National Education: "shared musical pleasure". Music is a source of pleasure and joy that has the power to invoke emotion. At the Lycée, students from pre-K through 9th grade learn to understand and appreciate the nuances of this art form.
In Pre-Elementary grades (Pre-Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten), students discover instruments (such as castanets and tambourines) and dance to music together. Students sing and develop an ear for music, learning to recognize the change of instruments or tempos as they follow along to a guitar, piano or accordion.
In the Primary grades (1st through 5th), students discover various aspects of music through singing, listening, playing instruments, participating in musical games, studying history of music and creating musical projects.
In the Middle school grades (6th through 9th), students work in particular on rhythm, melody, music recognition, harmony and vocal projection. Through various individual or group activities, the students learn to appreciate major musical works of various genres, compose songs, express themselves, talk, think and gain self-confidence through music. Middle school students also participate in school trips to music shows such as the opera or musical theater.
Extracurricular Music Activities
From the primary school through 12th grade, Lycée students can also take part in various musical activities as part of the extracurricular programs offered by the Lycée, including:
The Choir and the Orchestra perform public shows regularly organized within the school or elsewhere, such as at the Alliance Française.
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