By Yuen Yum San, head of Junior String Programme for YCIS
With 85 years of commitment to global education, Yew Chung International School (YCIS) offers a unique, rich blend of eastern and western cultures which fosters bilingual, globally minded, appreciative and caring citizens. Students are nurtured in a diverse, multicultural environment with an all-round, balanced education in academics, sport, art and music, which transforms them into global-thinking individuals of high intelligence.
YCIS values a holistic approach to learning, fostering wellbeing, coordination and concentration through specialised musical training. The school ensures that all students are provided with the specific means they require to achieve their musical targets. Whatever their aspirations and goals are in life, music will be part of them.
As part of this, the school provides numerous opportunities for students to gain the musical skills and technical competence required to express themselves through a variety of performances, master classes, workshops, and by attending musical activities overseas.
Ms Yuen Yum San, Head of Junior String Programme for YCIS
The YCIS music team consists of highly trained specialists and musicians who are carefully selected for their experience and expertise. Members of staff come from diverse backgrounds including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Australian String Quartet, the University of Tasmania in Australia, the Royal College of Music in London and the Indiana University in the US, to name but a few. This calibre of professional guidance enables students to flourish through an all-embracing programme of individual, group and ensemble coaching.
YCIS music programme enhances children’s reasoning skills, develops memory span, concentration and coordination
Orchestra, choral training and the annual musical production are an integral part of the students’ development. This helps to create a community that links students, teachers and parents together, and enhances learning support for students. Students are challenged while being sufficiently supported to embrace new musical ideas and demands in an environment of trust, without fear of failure.
In order to maximise educational outcomes, YCIS strives to build confidence in its students, nurturing their love of music and helping them to develop the resilience required when they encounter obstacles and challenges.
In line with the school’s international thinking, YCIS alumni music scholars have gone on to obtain sought-after placements worldwide. In the UK, these include Eton College, Harrow School, Cambridge University, Manchester University and the Royal College of Music; in the US and Canada, students have gone on to attend Eastman School of Music, Juilliard School of Music and Carleton University; and in Hong Kong, YCIS alumni have attended the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
While at YCIS, musically gifted students are encouraged to apply for a Music and Performing Arts Scholarship. Recipients receive full or partial tuition fee exemption for up to seven years from Year 7 through to Year 13. A variety of performance opportunities are also provided to enhance students’ stage experiences and take their excellence to the next level. Other types of scholarship including Overall Achievement, Art and Design and Sports are also available.
For more details, please visit the school’s website at www.ycis-hk.com/en/secondary/scholarships.