Performing Arts



“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” – Martha Graham


The Primary School Dance Curriculum is a specialized subject comprising 3 areas of aesthetic pursuits: artistic characteristics, aestheticism and the unique nature of the art of dancing. Its aim is to develop a joy movement and to discover how to communicate emotion and feelings through motion. Students will experience a greater awareness of self with the help of music from different cultural origins.

The Secondary students have the option to join any number of dance opportunities throughout the year featuring a variety of dance styles. Forums such as the musical production, Chinese New Year production, International Family Day, Student Idol and others, provide students an opportunity to showcase their dance and choreography.


 “Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to.” – Willem Dafoe


Drama at SSIS is geared toward the development of young performers who can create, collaborate, lead, communicate and who have steadfast confidence in themselves. Through the use of a practicum-based curriculum, provided in a positive and safe environment, students are able to explore ways to be expressive, discover their own character, and gain a greater understanding by becoming characters other than themselves.

A variety of drama productions are produced every year at SSIS where students can take the stage and perform for audiences made up of the student community, family and extended community. Grease, Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk, Fame, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, Snow White and the Seven Jockey’s are just a few of the past productions given at SSIS.


“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” – Lao Tzu


Students enjoy excellent opportunities in music, developing the core skills of performing, composing, listening and appraising within a supportive and inclusive environment.

Students in the Junior School can choose to learn a string instrument, such as the violin, within a small group setting, as well as having the opportunity to follow a programme of general music. This programme includes vocal music, theory, and music appreciation. Students are exposed to a range of Western and Eastern instruments which allows every student the opportunity to discover and instrument the love, and to become a life-long music learner.

SSIS is also a testing center for the Associated Board Royale School of Music (ABRSM) exams, thereby allowing students to participate in two professional level music tests every year.

Students in the Senior School continue to build on their prior music knowledge and enter into a performance-based curriculum where every student learns to play an instrument.

In Grade 7, students may choose to continue to develop their skills on a string instrument or can choose an instrument from other instrument families such as woodwind, brass, or percussion. The student’s instruments are used as a meaningful way to discover elements of music such as pitch, rhythm, articulation, dynamics, tempo, song form, tempo and meter.

In Grade 8, all of the students learn how to play the guitar. Students continue to expand their music understanding and learn how to play a variety of chords, building a varied repertoire of songs over the year. The year culminates with the composition of an original children’s song.

Continuing into the Cambridge IGCSE Music syllabus, learners listen to, perform and compose music, encouraging aesthetic and emotional development, self-discipline and, importantly, creativity. As a result, learners enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of music, an achievement that forms an ideal foundation for future study and enhances life-long musical enjoyment.

Learners study music of all styles; each style is placed in its historical and cultural context, and they are encouraged to be perceptive, sensitive and critical when listening. Although the majority of the syllabus examines Western European music, the music of other cultures is always represented.

Within all of the Music Programmes at SSIS, technology plays a large part. Students are taught how to use the latest professional music notation and recording applications.


News Links:

  • SSIS 5th Summer Concert
  • Xuhui Preschool Summer Concert 2018
  • ABRSM Music Exams at SSIS
  • 2017-2018 Young Musician Competition G3 – G4
  • 2017-2018 Young Musician Competition G5 – G6
  • Let’s Rock & Roll | Presenting SSIS Senior School Musical
  • Xuhui Campus Willy Wonka Musical Review
  • SSIS Shanghai Student Film Festival Success
  • Exciting Performance of Humpty Dumpty Musical
  • SSIS Performance at the Singapore Consulate-General in Shanghai
  • SSIS Senior School Christmas Concert 2017
  • Light-up the Christmas
  • SSIS Won 2nd Place in Drama Performance | Chinese Stories Drama Performance 2017
  • SSIS Attends Shanghai Martial Arts Festival 2017
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