Welcome to the Music department at Sotogrande International School! We are proud to offer a wide variety of musical instruments for our students to learn, including Piano, Voice, Flute, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Violin, Viola, Cello, Trumpet, Trombone, Clarinet, Saxophone, Ukulele, Songwriting & Music Production. Our goal is to provide our students with a well-rounded education that includes the arts, and we believe that learning music is an essential part of that education.

Student drumming

Benefits of Learning Music

Not only is learning a musical instrument a fun and rewarding experience, it also has many scientific benefits. Studies have shown that playing an instrument can improve memory, coordination, and problem-solving skills, as well as boost creativity and self-esteem. For example, playing an instrument requires the use of multiple areas of the brain at once, which helps to improve memory and cognitive function. Furthermore, the repetitive practice required to master an instrument can help to develop fine motor skills and improve hand-eye coordination.

In addition to the cognitive benefits, music also has a positive impact on emotional well-being. Playing music has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as improve mood. This is because music has a direct effect on the brain's reward and pleasure centres, which can release endorphins and other feel-good chemicals.

In addition to individual instruction, our music programme also offers many opportunities for performance and participation in various bands. Our students have the chance to showcase their talents at school events and community performances, which not only allows them to develop their performance skills but also helps them to gain confidence in their abilities. Being a part of a band or ensemble also helps to develop teamwork and communication skills, which are valuable in any profession.

We are also proud to be associated with several respected exam boards, including the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Rock School and Trinity London. These associations not only enhance the credibility of our music programme, but also prepare our students for university entrance and help them stand out on their CVs. These boards also provide a framework for students to measure their progress and achieve recognition for their achievements.

Moreover, learning music can also have a positive impact on other subjects. For example, music students tend to have better math skills because of the way they learn to read and understand notation. Additionally, music theory can help students to understand patterns and structure, which can be applied to subjects like science and engineering. Furthermore, studying music can also help to improve language and verbal skills, as well as the ability to analyse and interpret information.

Learning music is an essential part of a well-rounded education. At SIS, we believe that music is not only an art form but also an essential part of personal and academic development. Our music programme provides students with the opportunity to learn a wide variety of instruments, develop their performance skills, and gain recognition for their achievements. We encourage all students to take advantage of the many benefits of learning music and to take part in our music programme.


Please contact Head of Music, Kerry Wickersham kwickersham@sis.gl for more information.

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