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Nord Anglia-Juilliard collaboration will inspire educational excellence

La Côte International School in Aubonne, Switzerland, has become one of the first schools in the world to benefit from a new collaboration between Nord Anglia Education and The Juilliard School in New York. Students at the school will benefit from an enhanced embedded arts curriculum developed by specialists from Juilliard, along with continued support from, and engagement with, Juilliard alumni and affiliated artists.
The collaboration between Juilliard, the world renowned performing arts conservatory, and Nord Anglia Education, the world’s leading premium schools organisation, is designed to enhance La Côte International School performing arts offering with its innovative structure, design and approach. The new embedded arts curriculum, which focuses first on music, was developed by curriculum and music experts at both Juilliard and Nord Anglia Education, and has been rolled out in ten inaugural schools, including, La Côte International School.
To celebrate the launch of the new embedded arts curriculum, Nord Anglia published a short position paper – Excellence through inspiration – which sets out the importance of inspiration in education and how performing arts in particular can help ignite that inspiration. It further argues that the increasing obsession of schools and governments with league tables of public examination results has reduced many schools to ‘exam factories’. Instead, Nord Anglia argues that it is the duty of educators to inspire students, and facilitate their cognitive stimulation and development. As part of its commitment to inspiring students, Nord Anglia collaborates with world-leading institutions to bring their excellence directly into the classroom.
It is through this approach that Nord Anglia has formed a close collaboration with Juilliard, the world-renowned performing arts conservatory. This will see an innovative new curriculum, developed by curriculum and music experts at Juilliard, rolled out in ten inaugural schools across the globe. Nord Anglia believes that working with such a highly-regarded institution and giving students direct access to Juilliard performers and teaching artists will help inspire them in their studies. Ultimately, the curriculum aims to nurture cultural literacy and develop key skills in students, such as discipline, creativity and confidence that will enable them to succeed anywhere in the world once they’ve left school.
The music curriculum is designed for all students, not just those who are serious about learning an instrument or musical performance. It is based around a repertoire of 12 core works covering a wide range of cultures, genres and historical periods, each of which has been carefully chosen by Juilliard to open the door to categories of music and fundamentals essential for all young people to know and experience.
Wendy Ellis, Headmistress of La Côte International School said:

“It is a privilege to be one of 10 schools to launch the music curriculum which is a collaboration between Nord Anglia and Juilliard. Music has always been a key discipline at our school and the fact that we were chosen to be part of the pilot project demonstrates our engagement with the subject. We wish to teach students at our school that creativity is essential and we aim to inspire them beyond the walls of the classroom. A music education as taught by the Juilliard School will provide the students with key skills that will be of tremendous value in other disciplines as well as in their future academic and professional lives. We have invested into this programme, the infrastructures and our teachers to offer here, at La Côte International School, a unique curriculum.”

The collaboration between Nord Anglia and Juilliard will continue to evolve over the coming months, with the launch of private one-to-one music lessons from Juilliard alumni and Juilliard certified teachers at selected schools from the beginning of 2016. This will be followed by the launch of a performing arts summer program next year. Both these activities will be open to students from non-Nord Anglia schools. Drama and Dance curriculums will also be rolled out to all Nord Anglia schools over the coming years.
Andrew Fitzmaurice, Chief Executive Officer at Nord Anglia Education, said:

“Excellence comes from inspiration rather than league tables. Working with the world’s best is inspirational. How many times can any of us truly say we have had the opportunity to work with the best? At Nord Anglia Education, we want it to be a daily occurrence for every student and our collaboration with The Juilliard School does just that.
“The evidence for an education in the arts is clear – learning music can increase academic development, helping students to improve literacy, mathematics and cognitive development. It also helps young people develop cultural literacy and personal skills – from collaboration through to perseverance – which are critical to the modern workplace.”
“The Juilliard School shares our vision for the value of the performing arts to society, and we strongly believe that this curriculum will equip our students with the skills needed to excel in their future careers – whether that be as a Juilliard-trained pianist or a corporate lawyer.”

Joseph W. Polisi, President at the Juilliard School, said:

“In collaborating with Nord Anglia, we have a unique opportunity to share our expertise, offering those studying at Nord Anglia schools the chance to learn from the best that our two institutions can offer.
We believe that the performing arts should have a significant role within today’s global educational environment. By working with Nord Anglia, we can reach students from around the world to cultivate their skills and help guide them in their future growth.”

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