Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAl Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National Curriculum,IB Diploma ProgrammeAbu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

GoodAmerican Massachusetts State CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not ApplicableEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Curricula

Autumn Term
Students start to develop three strands of the subject simultaneously: Performance, Composition and the study of Set Pieces.
Students select a 5-6 minute programme of performance pieces for their AS recital. These are monitored during the term.

For composition, melody writing is put under the spotlight, alongside writing for SATB choir, harmony and orchestral techniques. The briefs for composition are looked at and the students choose their question. They then research possible models for their own composition. By the end of the term they should have a rough draft of their piece.

A broadening of understanding of umbrella terms and specific details are built up so that students can compare works from different periods in terms of Genre, Melody, Harmony and Tonality, Texture, Orchestration, Structure and Rhythm. Students write essays on individual pieces immediately on completion, and later on will compare pieces in longer essays.

Spring Term
Solo performances will be recorded towards the end of this term, with marks and feedback given.

For composition they should aim to have finished their composition by the end of half term. The rest of the term will be spent preparing for their sleeve note which accompanies their composition. This is in effect an analysis of their own work and how other composer’s works have influenced them.

Instrumental set works are completed and students build a collection of comparison essays. Short answer tests are given along with a Mock essay under exam conditions. Students begin to prepare the group of vocal set works in the same manner.

Summer Term
Final performances are recorded by the end of April and an opportunity to perform to a live audience is offered.
Students finalise their sleeve notes for their compositions and hand in all coursework.

Exam practice papers are explored and essays are repeated in exam conditions. Students continue to develop important skills for AS such as recognising melodic dissonance and identifying chords from an unseen score. These will also form the building blocks for the more complex A2 analysis skills.

In the final part of the summer term students return and investigate avant-garde electronic music creating their own musique-concrete. They also learn the rudiments of figured bass and attempt to copy Baroque counterpoint.