Student Life - Visual & Performing Arts

Creating Creators at A-JIS

Aoba has an active and vibrant fine arts program. We offer visual arts as well as music to grades from kindergarten through high school. From the 4th grade on, we have an instrumental music program.

Completed artwork provides students with a sense of accomplishment; their creations prepare them for their transition to other art forms.

The Visual Arts courses provide students with the elements, techniques and principles of art along with learning to use various art medias including computers. Students will develop a sense of awareness with the outside world through art and design.

Students will explore drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, art history, graphic design, CI design, photography, collage, illustration, editorial design and poster design.

Performing Arts at A-JIS

Aoba-Japan International School offers many options for the performing arts, both during the school day and extra-curricular.  Joining a performing music ensemble elective is compulsory at the Middle School level and a popular course offering at the High School.  Additionally, every child in the Primary Years Program from Kindergarten through 5th Grade studies General Music as a curricular offering.

Our philosophy of education in the Music Department is that every person can benefit from a comprehensive music education, including instruction in singing, playing instruments, reading and writing music, improvising, and study of music’s role in culture.

A-JIS’s performance division also features the Beginning Band from 4th grade, which allows students to get one-to-one and ensemble instruction on the instrument of their choice.  This established and organized program is a great introduction to the world of instrumental performance.  In addition to Beginning Band, the following extra-curricular ensembles are offered by the Music Department:

  • Hand Bell Choir
  • Junior Hand Bells (From 1st Grade)
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Advanced Elementary Band
  • Group / Private instrumental lessons for all ages

Interscholastic Events

A-JIS is a member of the Kanto Plains Association of Secondary Schools (KPASS) and participates in several interscholastic musical events through the year including:

  • KPASS Vocal Solo & Ensemble Festival
  • KPASS Instrumental Solo & Ensemble Festival
  • KPASS Jazz Festival
  • KPAMS Middle School Band Festival

Highlighted Performances

We teach students that the cycle of creating music; learning, rehearsing, polishing, and performing; is a rewarding and educational undertaking.  We give students an ample chance to perform for the A-JIS Community.  Here are some of the major performance events of the year:

  • Kindergarten and Lower Elementary Holiday Music Program (December)
  • Secondary School Holiday Concert (December)
  • Upper Elementary Spring Music Program (March)
  • Secondary School Spring Concert (May)