Instrumental/ Vocal Lessons
The instrumental/ vocal music programme aims to provide invaluable opportunities for students in practical music making. The lessons focus on developing technical skills, musical understanding, perceptive listening and positive mindset.
The overall aim for ISL students enrolled in this programme is collaboration. Whereby students are encouraged to be a part of collaborative musical making. Whilst we understand that students studying piano don’t always have as many opportunities in our ISL organised ensembles, we encourage students to make their own opportunities for collaboration.
The benefits of learning a musical instrument are widely documented and below is a comprehensive list based on the work of Michael Matthews.
- Increases memory capacity
- Refines time management and organizational skills
- Boosts collaboration skills
- Teaches perseverance and discipline
- Enhances coordination
- Betters mathematical ability
- Improves reading and comprehension skills
- Enhances responsibility and self-discipline
- Improves cultural understanding
- Sharpens concentration
- Fosters self-expression and relieves stress
- Creates a sense of achievement
- Promotes social skills
- Boosts perceptive listening skills
- Elevates performance skills and reduces stage fright
- Enhances your respiratory system (if you are a wind and brass performer)
To better understand how the brain benefits from learning an instrument, please watch Anita Collins' TEDEd.
Below is this year's team of music teachers and what instruments they teach.
|Eric Rey||Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Trumpet|
|Ivana Vukosavljev Moix||Piano|
|Marcos Rufino del Val||Saxophone (Soprano, Alto or Tenor)|
|Marilyne Musy||Drum Kit, Percussion|
|Michael Freeman||Drum Kit|
|Robert Trainor||Acoustic/ electric/ bass guitar, Ukulele|
|Seongmi Kim Blank||Voice|
Lesson Options and Fees
Lessons are available in the following time blocks: 30 minutes for CHF 46, 45 minutes for CHF 69, or 60 minutes for CHF 92.
ABRSM and Rock School examinations
Students at ISL are able to take music exams with ABRSM, Trinity, LCM, and Rock School and are encouraged to do so. ABRSM exams take place at ISL twice a year. Prescribed fees for these examinations will be charged.
Hiring/ Purchasing Instruments
It is the responsibility of parents to organise an instrument for each child. There are two large music stores in the Lausanne region that may be able to assist with purchase or hire/ buy schemes.
|Hug Musique SA
Grand Pont 4
Phone: +41 21 310 48 10
|Boullard Musique SA
Zone Industrielle de Riond-Bosson 10
Phone: +41 21 811 28 28
Teaching Books and Repertoire
Depending on the instrumental teachers' recommendations, students might be required to purchase books and not use photocopies. This is especially evident during performances. The methods of teaching can vary from instrument to instrument and as students' skill develops over time.
Students are encouraged to participate in many of the fantastic performance opportunities during the year. Music performance teaches our students to be risk takers, principled and self-motivated. Musical performance is a great way to prepare students in handling anxiety that can come with live performance, in a supportive environment.
Year 13 students
Year 13 students will be able to have lessons up until they graduate at the end of May. Any further lessons can be arranged privately with the teacher and as such, will not be a part of ISL's Instrumental Programme.