Art and Music


“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere” Albert Einstein
The MYP Drama programme at International Maarif Schools – Erbil engages students in an active relationship with the art of Theatre and encourages both autonomous and collaborative learning. It promotes the growth of creativity, nurtures the imagination through kinesthetic learning and develops empathy.
MYP Drama provides students with a creative experience in the classroom, allowing them to explore many aspects of theatre engaging with a variety of theatre genres, world practices and performance techniques. Through these exploration students develop a number of transferable skills including communication, collaboration, creative thinking, research and written skills.


“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” Pablo Picasso
Visual Arts students are encouraged to plan and develop their own creative ideas independently. In this way, the students’ Process Journals ( ‘sketchbooks’) are critical because this is where the students document their progress in the Visual Arts through researching, brainstorming, planning, sketching, designing, and reflecting in writing. Each unit has a Statement of Inquiry focus, along with Key and Related Concepts, a Global Context, an Arts Context, and specific Inquiry Questions, consistent with all MYP subject areas. It is the aim of the at International Maarif Schools – Erbil Visual Arts Department to develop a critical approach to creativity and a life-long appreciation and enjoyment of art.
Students will develop a variety of practical skills, working primarily in two-dimensional art (drawing and printmaking). These practical skills are developed concurrently with critical skills, where students look at the work of others and learn both to write about their own work (in formative and summative assessment tasks), and to talk about it (in class and group discussions and presentations), employing task-specific vocabulary. They will also develop the ability to identify areas of improvement in their own work and how best to achieve them.


Music enables students to communicate in ways that go beyond their oral language abilities. Music delight sand stimulates, soothes and comforts us; music allows students to communicate in a unique way. Musical experiences and learning begin with the voice. It is important that students are given opportunities to discover a broad range of music experiences including classifying and analyzing sounds, composing, exploring body music, harmonizing, listening, playing instruments, singing, notation, reading music, songwriting and recording. In creating, students use their imagination and musical experiences to organize sounds—natural and technological—into various forms that communicate specific ideas or moods.

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