IMS programs are curated by artistic and educational directors who maintain standards of the highest caliber and uncompromising excellence. Taught by an all-star faculty, the IMS curriculum provides ideal learning environments that serve as oases where students can safely explore their talents and grow as musicians. Its aim is to facilitate international collaboration, empathy, and conversation for global citizens.
Each class is specially designed by education experts to empower students to think outside of the box. We approach music for the student as a whole - coordinating mind and body, opening channels for communication with other cultures, and connecting music to other areas of their lives.
Students deliver a final public concert at the end of the sessions, showcasing the culmination of what they learned at IMS. Additionally, they give outreach concerts during the program at local senior centers - a great chance to feel good about giving back to the local community and to try out their works in progress.
IMS CORE CURRICULUM Classes
To be a great musician, one must listen well. To be a global citizen, one must also listen well.
One of our signature courses is the Listening Class. Each session features music with a particular theme or from a different country,
providing the opportunity to fine tune their listening skills while learning about new cultures and history. Survey important composers and works of the repertoire with discussions about various genres and their impacts on society.
Students also learn how to conduct, enhancing active and critical listening. They compare and contrast ideas to further their understanding of the rich international tapestry of music.
global exchange: "Global-X"
Another signature class at IMS, these sessions give students opportunities to talk openly about their different cultural perspectives.
- Students grades 4-8: are introduced to the various cultures represented at IMS. Learn about people from all over the world! What are their favorite foods? What is the climate like? What is their capital city? What is the music like?
- Students grades 9 and up: talk about their cultural experiences and share about their challenges, hopes, and dreams in a safe, constructive environment. What are some of the political issues that concern your culture? How can our shared love for music serve as a tool for cultural dialogue or even diplomacy? Discussions are carefully guided by a faculty moderator.
improvisation & Composition
Learn how to JAM with your friends and create your own masterpiece!
This class teaches the techniques of spontaneous musical creation, which combines instrumental performance and interactive communication with other musicians in a conversational way. This opens up a gateway for students to express themselves in a freer, more personal manner, allowing them to explore and discover their own individual voice through the sound of their instrument. Until the 20th century, it was unheard of that a musician didn’t compose his or her own music or improvise. In this class, students explore:
- chord progressions and song form
- how to build a song from a simple idea
- how to exercise creativity
- how to "speak" with music and communicate ideas without words
Rhythm not only provides the building blocks for all music, but is also a basic and essential function that can bring people together.
Discover rhythms from new cultures while improving your own rhythm and counting skills!
Through various Call & Response techniques, students learn intricate patterns to hone important fine motor skills while having fun and communicating through the beats in this interactive class:
EaR Training & Singing: "Orff-X"
Learn how musical elements and intervals are constructed. Sing in HARMONY with your friends!
Ear training is an integral component of musical study. In this Orff-inspired class, students develop their inner ear while focusing on their reading and counting skills — heightening multi-tasking capabilities, encouraging collaboration, and a keener sense of listening.
- Students grades 4-8: are introduced to basic intervals so that they can identify and sing them. Review key signatures and learn the national anthems of the countries being represented at IMS.
- Students grades 9 and up: delve further into topics such as counterpoint and harmony. They sight-sing 4-part Bach chorales and teach their younger colleagues their national anthems.
YOGA & MOVEMENT
Grades 4-6: Little Lotuses
Little Lotuses engage in a yoga-esque experience designed to introduce yoga basics in a playful environment, filled with music and movement. Budding yogis enhance motor coordination and social skills with a balance of active and passive poses in which roaring like a lion, barking like a dog, flying like a plane, and fluttering wings like a butterfly is not out of the realm of possibility!
Grades 7-9: Young Yoga Explorers
Young Yoga Explorers investigate the way their bodies move and basic yoga principles through collaborative partner yoga games, environmental stewardship, basic anatomy and simple visualization and mediation practices. Development of self-control and respect for others, including others’ personal space, cultivates positive peer interactions that carry over into their everyday lives off the mat.
Grades 10-12: Groovy Garudas (Eagles)
Groovy Garudas delve deeper into lessons of self-expression, self-acceptance and interpersonal skills with more challenging slowing sequences and balancing postures. The exploration of more challenging postures and meditation techniques are explored, in addition to the introduction of simple breathing techniques in an uplifting, non-competitive space that builds strength of spirit, mind, and body.
Kurma Kids: Fellows (Tortoises)
Kurma Kids gain a more comprehensive understanding of the physical and philosophical aspects of traditional yoga in a positive environment that supports self-esteem, self-awareness, body appreciation, and tools for stress management. The concept of Vinyasa, the special placement of breath coupled with movement, is incorporated into the sequences of postures, including the sun salutations.
Performance Etiquette & Public Speaking seminars
Be the STAR of the show!
Make your first impression a lasting one. In a society that pays so much attention to the visual aspect of any performance, it is critical for performers to know how to deliver themselves in a manner that portrays an air of confidence, refinement, and genuine excitement.
At IMS, each student learns the importance of polished stage etiquette as well as proper audience behavior. Learning how to present oneself in a public setting bolsters self-esteem and confidence. Through this seminar, students learn how to appropriately dress, walk, speak, and carry themselves with poise and charm on stage. The skills learned here reflect positively not only in concert, but in other arenas of life. Collectively having graced all of the world's major stages, the IMS faculty feels at home delivering this fun and interactive seminar.
PRIVATE LESSONS, LARGE GROUP ENSEMBLE, & CHAMBER MUSIC
Study with the BEST
IMS is proud to boast an incredible faculty roster that comprises some of today’s most charismatic virtuosos. These performers have
captivated millions of online followers and delight audiences worldwide.
At IMS, your child will have the rare opportunity to study with these brilliant musicians who are not only wonderful teachers, but caring and compassionate individuals who embrace the IMS ethos of kindness and acceptance. Having navigated dynamic careers with their infectious love for music, they also serve as role models for your children.
Arts Entrepreneurship: CAREER DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR
Your future is bright — let us inspire you to dream! This seminar is for students in high school and up.
For the talented young artist, planning a career in music can be daunting. There are so many ways to be a musician: do you want to perform? Teach? Advocate for the arts? How do you plan a concert? How do you audition for conservatory? What happens after college? In this class, critical issues and challenges for aspiring artists are addressed openly.
For students who love music and study it seriously but may not want to a pursue a career in the arts, how can we explore ways in which music can continue to serve a positive purpose in your life? Can you use music to bring others happiness or to solve problems?
These are some of the essential questions that we grapple with and work through together during seminar. After IMS, students are matched with faculty members for continued mentorship.