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 select and start to prepare pieces for A2 recital (12-15 minutes of performance).
  • Students will build on their ability to write convincing 4 part harmony, learning how Bach wrote his chorales and copying his techniques. They will also look at the A2 composition briefs. At half term they start to work in earnest on the first of their compositions. If they opt to take the counterpoint route for the exam they will continue to learn more about the style and practice writing examples.
  • Film music is studied - first two set works from the applied list - to understand how music is composed for specific applied purposes. Then we move onto the instrumental set works and prepare detailed responses under umbrella headings so that students can compare works from different periods in terms of Genre, Melody, Harmony and Tonality, Texture, Orchestration, Structure and Rhythm. Students also begin to work on unseen analysis, and basic rhythmic and melodic dictation.

Spring Term

  • The solo performances will be practised and recorded towards the end of this term, with marks and feedback given.
  • Students will continue to study Bach Chorales and Baroque Counterpoint and/or continue their ideas for compositions. The compositions should be completed in draft by the end of half term, and finished absolutely by the end of the term.
  • Instrumental set works are completed and students build a collection of comparison essays. Unseen analysis continues with practice exam papers and work of comparable standard. We return to the Applied set works and look at the more complex pieces and complete analysis of these with revision materials given.

Summer Term

  • Final solo performances are recorded by the end of April and an opportunity to perform to a live audience is offered.
  • Students that have opted for the composition exercises will be preparing in earnest, completing as many practice questions as possible, learning from real examples and working under timed conditions. The 3 hour exams for each discipline take place at the end of April.
  • Exam practice papers are explored and essays are repeated in exam conditions. Unseen analysis continues, with a focus on identifying modulations and chords by ear.
  • The final written exam is shortly after half-term.