The mission of the European Schools is to provide a multilingual, multicultural and multi-denominational education in order to foster mutual understanding and respect for diversity in a multicultural setting. Music and Art have the responsibility for delivering one of the key objectives of the European Schools which is to provide young people with opportunities for creative endeavour and to promote an understanding of a common European heritage. 

The music curriculum supports young people’s musical development through providing them with a range of challenging and enriching musical encounters. 

The benefits of music education for young learners` are multiple and well-known. Positive interaction with music develops students’ competence as learners and increases their self-esteem. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Music can help foster personal development and maturity, engender a sense of achievement and self-worth, and develop the ability to work with others. Music education develops students’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to value a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. It also develops self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment. 


Course Principles 


Students are involved in musical activities and experiences which support them in developing their musical skills and knowledge.  

Music courses integrate composing, performing and listening activities.  



Course objectives 



  • Composing and improvising: By the end of S3 students can compose and improvise music in simple structures to a given or chosen stimuli; make expressive and appropriate use of melody, rhythm, harmony, and dynamics demonstrating an awareness of the characteristics of a limited range of voices and instruments. 
  • Performing: By the end of S3 students can perform music appropriate to their age and musical development with fluency, expression, technical control and making expressive use of dynamics, articulation and phrasing. 
  • Listening & Responding: By the end of S3 students can listen and respond to music in the context of improvising and performing: They can recognize some common musical styles and their characteristics and draw on appropriate technical and non-technical vocabulary to describe and discuss music. 




  • Composing and improvising: By the end of S5 students can compose/improvise extended music for a particular context, occasion and in response to a brief or musical or non-musical stimuli. 
  • Improvising: By the end of S5 students can perform music on their own and with others with fluency, expression and a sense of style. 
  • Listening and Responding: By the end of S5 students can listen and respond to music in the context of improvising and performing; They can recognize a variety of musical styles and their characteristics and draw on appropriate technical and non-technical vocabulary to describe and discuss and analyze music. Student demonstrate an open minded and inquisitive approach to new musical styles. 




By the end of S7 students  

  • Are able to compose, perform and critically analyze music to a high standard from a broad range of musical styles, genres and cultures;  

   are able to engage critically and reflectively with the rich diversity of contemporary musical culture; 

  have a comprehensive appreciation and understanding of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, and particularly western art music  

   have a comprehensive theoretical, analytical, cultural and historical knowledge of music necessary to support an informed and rich relationship with music through the core musical activities of composing, performing and critical listening; 

   have  a profound appreciation of the relationships between different aspects of the subject and its links to other subjects.  



Team 2021-22 

Teacher  Course 
CUPPER Alain  S1-S2-S3 
KOVACS-DILK Andrea  S1-S2-S3-S6-S7 (4 hours) 
 MUSKO Joanna  S1-S2-S3-S4-S5-S7 (2 hours)  


O`Sullivan, Martin  S1-2-3 

Programmes (official docs) 


S6-S7 (old syllabus valid for S7 courses 2021) 

S6-S7 (new syllabus)