Notes From Music - Andy Gleadhill Visits Bangkok Prep - Bangkok Prep

Notes From Music – Andy Gleadhill Visits Bangkok Prep

This week, Bangkok Prep was honoured to welcome internationally renowned World Music Percussionist Andy Gleadhill to our school, as part of his 2019 World Tour “Around the World in 80 Drum Beats”.

On Tuesday, Andy led workshops at our Primary Campus with Year 5 and Year 6 students on African and Samba drumming. The students learned how to play drums correctly while using elements of music, such as: pitch, tempo, dynamics, duration, and timbre. Mr Andy even tested their listening skills with his “Pepperoni Pizza” rhythm game! Each workshop culminated in a short but dynamic performance of everything they had learned.

In addition, the Rock ‘n Rollers ECA group had the privilege of Andy visiting their afternoon rehearsal, when he demonstrated and discussed several drum kit rhythms including rock, shuffle or 12/8, jazz, reggae, disco and funk patterns.

Following the energetic start at our Primary Campus, on Wednesday Andy arrived at the Secondary School for more inspiring workshops. All Year 8 students had a taster of how to perform African polyrhythms, along with some ‘sizzling’ Samba rhythms. The GCSE Music students also had a session on their own where Andy informed them about important features of world music. This session culminated in the Year 10 and 11 Music students composing their own polyrhythmic composition that they also performed for each other.

The students had fantastic experiences with these engaging and active workshops that strengthened skills which transfer to all areas of music. All of the students in the workshops were able to play drums and it was great to see so many students raising their hands to ask and answer questions. They were also impressed and inspired by the short demonstrations that Andy did in each session.

All in all, two magnificent days of hands on music learning and making were enjoyed by students and staff alike. A big thanks to Andy for visiting us and teaching us so much about world music, rhythm and improving our drumming technique.

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Aligned with the National Curriculum of England and Wales, the school’s curriculum is adapted to reflect Thai culture and society. Teaching follows an innovative thematic approach, integrating real-life contexts with academic rigor to develop well-rounded individuals. Learning is personalized to cater to diverse abilities and talents, fostering mutual respect, trust, and inclusivity.

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When choosing Bangkok Prep for your child, you’re welcomed into the school family, ensuring a warm and supportive environment. The admissions process begins with completing a brief enquiry form, followed by an invitation for an introductory visit and tour. Conveniently located on Sukhumvit 77, Bangkok Prep offers both Primary and Secondary campuses. Upon deciding on Bangkok Prep, applicants submit their application form and required documents. Assessment sessions are then scheduled based on the applicant’s year level, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours. The assessment includes various activities and tests tailored to different age groups. After assessment, the admissions team evaluates the application and notifies the family of the decision within 1-2 weeks. Successful applicants receive a formal offer letter and an invoice for initial fees, including placement, security, and registration fees, which must be paid within the specified timeframe to secure the child’s place.

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Bangkok Prep prides itself on being a distinct international secondary school in Bangkok, prioritizing student needs and providing a stimulating learning environment. Central to this is the pastoral system, where each student is assigned to a tutor group led by a Form Tutor, ensuring personalized care and support. The curriculum evolves to meet students’ changing needs, offering a core curriculum supplemented by option subjects as students mature. Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) focuses on a broad curriculum adapted from the English National Curriculum, fostering personal growth. In Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11), students choose option subjects alongside a core curriculum, culminating in IGCSE examinations. Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) sees students specialize in Advanced Level courses while also engaging in a core curriculum and receiving support for university applications. Bangkok Prep fosters a warm, inclusive community and actively participates in regional competitions and events. The school encourages student involvement and leadership, ensuring a thriving learning environment. Contact information is provided for further inquiries.

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