JPS Music Department
JPS Music Department comprises of two Music specialist teachers:
KS-1 are provided with one 40 minute music class per week and KS-2 receive 60 minutes. The music program used at JPS is called Musicplay which follows the Kodaly and Orff method of learning. This has proven to be a highly successful program in the field of music education.
The two music rooms at JPS are each equipped with a variety of musical instruments to enhance the learning experience. Each room has a class set of Xylophone chime bars for melodic instruction of the C major scale, solfege and intervals. There is a full class set of claves used for learning to read and play rhythms. Each class has a variety of percussion instruments such as tambourine, guiro, maracas, hand drum, woodblock, triangle, rain stick, and cymbals used to help reinforce learning to hear and play the beat. The students learn what to listen for in the music and are encouraged to create and improvise using pitch and rhythm.
We provide the students with wipe boards lined with music staves for music notation writing. Students are given an opportunity to write original compositions and perform them for the class. The children also learn about composers through a variety of listening resources.
Our program is geared to give the students a strong music foundation through singing. Each lesson introduces new songs using various rhythms, a variety of tempos, dynamics, different time and key signatures, introducing new genres and using the musical language.
The children learn about pitch through singing using the solfege scale. They sing rounds and partner songs to introduce harmony. They learn a variety of singing techniques such as using their head voice, singing with proper breath control, tone and diction.
The children get an opportunity to perform for their class either through singing solos, duets or in groups. They are also provided with the option to perform on their instrument for those taking private lessons. Confidence building and performance etiquette are reinforced.
The students are given an opportunity to perform for the school Assembly on a weekly basis. The music teachers audition the students throughout the year. This is mainly for those students who demonstrate hard word and proficiency on their musical skills. This includes dancing, singing and performing on an instrument.
There are presently 6 music afterschool clubs at the school. For KS1 we provide recorder for year 2, Ukulele for year 3 &4, and Music Fun for year 1 &2. For KS2 we provide Ukulele for year 5 & 6, an invite club for MAGT (musically able , gifted and talented) for year 3 to 6 students, and we have a school choir for year 3 to 6 made up of approximately 75 students under the direction of our head of music, Mrs. Bannister. This group has performed at various hotels in Dubai as well as school concerts and festivals.
At the end of term 2 and 3 we have a Gala concert by invitation only for those students taking private lessons in or outside of school who demonstrate dedication and skill in performing on their musical instrument.
Each year the students in year 6 put on a musical production under the direction of our head of music, Mrs. Bannister. This year they will be performing OLIVER. Performance will be in the last week of Term 2.
The students at JPS have an opportunity to take private lessons from trained music teachers through the GMA (GEMS MUSIC ACADEMY). This is separate from the JPS Music Department and is managed by GEMS corporate office. Students take lessons on musical instruments such as piano, guitar, flute, cello, violin, clarinet, and drums. The students take their music lessons during the school timetable for one half hour per week between 7:30 and 2:00pm.
The School Band
One mention worthy musical aspect of our school is the School Rock Band. JPS teachers and heads have put together a band for the purpose of playing at the Spring Fair. This has been at the request of the Parents Association. The band members are