Music is a universal language and makes for a wonderful bridge between different cultures. That is why the International School Utrecht has embarked on a journey to become a school where music will truly take centre stage.
Responsible for designing the music curriculum and creating a primary school choir, school orchestra and secondary vocal ensemble is music teacher and choirmaster David de Geus, who joined the ISUtrecht a year ago. He now teaches all the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) grades, 2-3 hours per week.
It is the beginning of the ‘ISUtrecht Music Academy’, a continuous programme throughout the MYP grades, aimed at giving students the opportunity to choose music as an IB Diploma subject. “This is something we will build on, ensuring our students have access to various instrumental specialists during and after school hours,” Mr De Geus explains. “I want our Diploma students to be able to directly go to a music conservatory, and to that end I am looking to work closely together with the Utrecht music conservatory.”