AIMING HIGH, MOVING FORWARD…
At Musica Mundi School, we want you to enjoy learning, to get the most out of your academic education and to develop learning skills which will be useful throughout your life. In order to help you combine your musical and academic education in the best way, we have put a lot of thought into creating a harmonious pedagogical approach which involves:
- Recruiting high-quality and dedicated teachers who understand the special needs of young talents for music.
- Creating a challenging and exciting educational programme designed to enable you to become the driving force behind your own learning, to develop critical thinking skills as well as a global perspective on the world, making sure you acquire the enthusiasm for learning which will make you a lifelong learner.
- As a Cambridge school, enabling you to get excellent, internationally recognized academic results.
- If by any chance you do not choose music as a career, helping you to move successfully into an appropriate path of further education.
All students who come to Music Mundi School do so with an intention of pursuing music beyond secondary school. However, one of the key missions of the school is to ensure that all students leave the school with academic qualifications which will enable them to take a different path should they subsequently want to do so.
Musica Mundi School: A Cambridge School
Musica Mundi School chose to follow the Cambridge International programme of external assessment of secondary education primarily because Cambridge qualifications are recognised globally for their quality, depth and flexibility. There are two levels of qualification:
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSEs): a two-year programme completed in years 10-11. Typically, MMS students will take 7 IGCSEs: Music, Mathematics, English Language (either 1st or 2nd), a foreign language (either French or German), Science, Global Perspectives and History. Additional possibilities include English Literature (particularly for those students wanting to go on to English Literature A Level) and a third language (for example a student who already speaks fluent French may decide to follow the German course and take examinations in French and German).
At Musica Mundi School, most students take their Music IGCSE and a core IGCSE Maths qualification one year early, i.e. at the end of year 10.
EXAMPLES OF PROGRAMMES
Advanced Levels (A Levels): a two-year programme completed in years 12-13. These examinations are designed to prepare students thoroughly for a university-level education in a related subject. Typically, MMS students will take 3 A Levels (always including Music).
Students who have completed their A Levels receive a certificate from Cambridge stating their level of achievement in the individual A Levels rather than a diploma of general education. In general, universities expect good students to achieve a good level in three A Levels, although exact requirements vary from institution to institution, of course.
The AS level is the first year of the two-year A level course. A Levels typically have four or five components. The AS Level covers the first two/three components, and the exams can usually be taken at the end of the first year of the two-year course. It is also possible to take all the components at the end of the second year, at the end of year 13.
Subjects offered at Advanced Level include Music, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Psychology, History, English Literature, Global Perspectives, Thinking Skills, French and German. As stated above, all MMS students take A Level Music. For a course to be run, a minimum of 3 students need to choose it as an option.
The results of all Cambridge IGCSE, AS and A Level examinations taken in May/June are published by Cambridge mid-August.
Pursuing high level academic and musical studies is not an easy task. We understand that each student needs time for instrumental practice but it is also important to have the time to work for academic classes.
To help students organize their academic work, the school organizes an hour of supervised homework every afternoon. The supervisor is there to create a calm and positive working environment and to help anyone who needs some extra support.