ISD - The International School of Dakar



The ISD Music curriculum aims to prepare students for lifelong intelligent interactions with music by providing authentic experiences that reflect, celebrate and transcend the diversity of our student population. Interpreting, creating and performing music are life-long skills; students are given opportunities to develop interests and abilities that will, in turn, guide musical pursuits and preferences in years to come. Music educates and inspires: it increases cognitive development and reasoning while offering opportunities for students to express ideas and emotions in creative ways.

Guiding Principles:

We believe that effective music education is:

  • relevant, reflective of students’ personal lives and interests,
  • engaging, providing opportunities for exploration and discovery,
  • coherent, connecting to previous and future musical instruction,
  • creative, encouraging personal expression and improvisation,
  • collaborative, allowing for creative group composing and performing,
  • holistic, connecting musical elements to other disciplines, cultures and societies,
  • inspirational, empowering the music-maker in everyone.

Essential Questions

  • What is music?
  • How do we make music?
  • How is sound organized to make music?
  • How does music promote creativity?
  • How are melody and harmony created?
  • How can we evaluate and interpret music?
  • How are personal preferences for music determined?
  • How has music developed over time? How does it continue to develop?
  • What can music tell us about a culture or a society?
  • What is music’s place in the arts, in relation to other disciplines, and in the world?