Visual and Performing Arts

 

At Oasis, we believe that visual and performing arts are crucial in developing well-rounded children. Consequently, students have the opportunity to express themselves through various artistic mediums. Students are enrolled in visual arts and music at all levels, as well as drama at the secondary level. Working with our qualified and experienced visual and performing arts teachers, students learn more about artistic mediums, grow in their musical talents, and bring drama productions to life.

Our Performing Arts Centre is complete with stage lighting, sound system, acoustic wall panels, and banked seating. The space is versatile and capable of hosting large school productions as well as intimate recitals.

OIS Drama Program

The OIS Drama curriculum allows students to perform works by famous playwrights as well as write and direct their own masterpieces.  The Drama program is designed to instill collaboration, awaken innovation, foster self confidence, nurture introspection, and develop effective communication. Our program also teaches the art of human interaction and resiliency. Throughout each course, students study vocal techniques, improvisation, characterization, stage movement, and playbuilding. Each drama course culminates in a drama presentation. In addition, all students have the opportunity to audition for roles in large-scale drama productions through the OIS Drama Club.

Grade 6 focuses on fairy tales.  This course explores questions such as: "In addition to their entertainment value, why are fairytales important to cultures?”, “How do these stories teach children to obey societal norms?”, and “How do fairytale nuances differ around the world?”

Grade 7 explores non-fiction story-telling.  Plays may reenact global events or portray events from a grandparent's childhood.  Students explore questions such as: “How does my portrayal of this story enable me to connect with others?”, “What elements of our stories are the same and different?”, and “How does my story-telling connect me with history?”.

Grade 8 explores the technical aspects of theater, the impacts of a well-delivered speech, and how politics change society. During the course, students produce a murder mystery and a Shakespearian play. Topics include: “Why is entertainment important for society?”, “Why do we have a need for laughter and suspense?”, and “Why is solving mysteries so important?”.

High School Drama classes continue to expand their knowledge of the technical aspects of theater with blocking, lighting, sound effects, etc.  The course also focuses on the art of communicating a story, such as physicality and effectively conveying expressions. Students will answer the questions: “Are words needed to communicate a story?” and “How can you make a connection with the audience without using words?”.

OIS Music Program

"The music programme in OIS has spurred my son's passion for music as various opportunities are given to encourage students to exercise their creativity." - Parent of OIS Middle Schooler

 

All OIS elementary and middle school students participate in music classes. The focus is on teaching students to identify and apply the basic elements of music. Students are encouraged to express themselves, think creatively, problem solve, and appreciate the self-expression of others. Through performances, students have the opportunity to learn the ever-important skill of self-discipline and feel a sense of achievement. 

Music Classes

K4 - Music theory, cultural context, body movement, and creation

K5 - Music theory, cultural context, expression, design, creation, and performance

G1 - Music theory, cultural context, Orff instrument ensemble, creation, and performance 

G2 - Music theory, cultural context, melodica (melodian), creation, form, and performance 

G3 - Music theory, recorder, expression, form, harmony, timbre, creation, and performance 

G4 - Music theory, recorder, expression, timbre, creation, and performance 

G5 - Music theory, ukelele, genres, creation, and performance 

G6 - Music theory, music appreciation (mass, opera), and choir performance

G7 - Music history (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic) and choir performance

G8 - Music appreciation (Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Debussy) and choir performance

G6-12 - Optional Strings Ensemble (level: intermediate and above): musicianship and performances

Music Lessons ASA

Students can also explore the fundamentals of music through After School Activities. They can discover concepts such as rhythm, tempo, dynamics, and how to express themselves artistically. Lessons may include violin, ukulele, percussion, and dance. Please see the business office for more information.