The Benefit of Performing Arts for Children at British International School of Chicago

| October 31, 2015 | Comments (0)

NAN140324_2072Study after study has shown that exposure to music improves test scores, reading proficiency and overall academic achievement. Improving literacy, cognitive development and math skills is paramount to successful humans. The modern workplace is an ever-changing environment, as is our world.

Today’s early ed and middle school curriculum are taking all sorts of new approaches, which is why The Chicago Moms is so excited to bring you a variety of choices when we can.

With such clear evidence in place, British International School of Chicago ( part of the Nord Anglia Education Network ) and The Juilliard School in New York are introducing a “first-of-its kind” performing arts curriculum.

This twelve core based repertoire works across a range of genres and was developed to increase successful educational outcomes in students. From “collaboration to perseverance” British International School of Chicago establishes overall skills tantamount to the modern workforce.

Education is about inspiring people to learn and to be passionate about learning. British International School of Chicago boasts educators with a duty to bring inspiration back into the classroom.

Nord Anglia Education is a network of international schools that attracts academically gifted pupils from around the world. They are very proud to collaborate with the world’s leading performing arts school, The Juilliard School.

With this new collaboration, performing arts play a powerful role in society, not least providing the opportunity to inspire a love of learning for young people across all subjects.

The program is now geared toward igniting love of learning with music and the performing arts to ensure that passions flows equally across their studies. With this collaboration between Nord Anglia and Juilliard an evolution will continue over the coming months, with the launch of private one-to-one music lessons from Juilliard alumni and Juilliard certified teachers at selected schools from the beginning of 2016. This will be followed by the launch of a performing arts summer program next year. Both these activities will be open to students from non-Nord Anglia schools. Drama and Dance curriculums will also be rolled out to all Nord Anglia schools over the coming years!

Andrew Fitzmaurice, Chief Executive Officer at Nord Anglia Education, said:
“Excellence comes from inspiration rather than league tables. Working with the world’s best is inspirational. How many times can any of us truly say we have had the opportunity to work with the best? At Nord Anglia Education, we want it to be a daily occurrence for every student and our collaboration with The Juilliard School does just that.
The evidence for an education in the arts is clear – learning music can increase academic development, helping students to improve literacy, mathematics and cognitive development. It also helps young people develop cultural literacy and personal skills – from collaboration through to perseverance – which are critical to the modern workplace.
“The Juilliard School shares our vision for the value of the performing arts to society, and we strongly believe that this curriculum will equip our students with the skills needed to excel in their future careers – whether that be as a Juilliard-trained pianist or a corporate lawyer.”

Joseph W. Polisi, President at the Juilliard School, said:
“In collaborating with Nord Anglia, we have a unique opportunity to share our expertise, offering those studying at Nord Anglia schools the chance to learn from the best that our two institutions can offer.
We believe that the performing arts should have a significant role within today’s global educational environment.  By working with Nord Anglia, we can reach students from around the world to cultivate their skills and help guide them in their future growth.”

While the British International of Chicago has two centrally located campuses. British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park & South Loop, attract families from local and international communities. School admissions information can be found at the website. Tuition is consistent with area private schools and financial aid is available!

British International School of Chicago ~ Lincoln Park Campus


814 W. Eastman, Chicago, IL 60642



British International School of Chicago ~ South Loop Campus


161 W. 9th Street, Chicago, IL 60605



This is a sponsored post. The Chicago Moms has been compensated to provide information about British International Schools. Images used with permission of The British Schools International.

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