Who are our Students?
Between 23 to 38 countries are represented on average on each course. This is truly an international event. A third of our students attend International Schools everywhere in the world and all take the IB. (Not all schools taking part of this programme are independent schools, some it the UK, for example are state schools).
Students are brought up in a very special type of ethos: the importance of being… internationally motivated. They all have in common very attentive and caring parents who want a very rounded education for their children. Yes, from that point of view they are privileged students.
Their first language is English whatever their mother language is.
When they come to the course they choose to brush up their mother language ‘French, Italian, Spanish or German” and of course, not English. Some do not take any language.
– A third of our students are English speakers.
– Half our students are already at least bilingual and a third trilingual.
– A third of our students intend to become professional musicians, and looking back over the past 12 years, they have done very well. Some are already teachers in Conservatoires in their own country
Some are now performers. All those who wanted to join their chosen Music College, did so.
– A third of our students are adults from 35 to 60 years old who are not afraid of sharing music with teenagers and many have come back almost every year for the past 13 years
We have had the full range of profiles :
– Excellent and enlightened musicians who chose to go to Cambridge, Oxford or other high calibre colleges, and for whom music was part of the “profile” needed to access these prestigious places (in UK)
– Some students are already outstanding musicians for whom the only possible future is to become a professional performer.
– A few “tourists” – 10%. They are sent by parents who want to do what is best for their children, and the students are “tourist musicians”, but the interesting part of it is that half of them go back to their own lives having become passionate musicians during the course
British and American students are all very serious musicians and they come to learn French or Spanish on top of their music making. Most students come back, year after year, for an average of 5 to 6 seasons; sometimes they come back after two years absence.
There are very strong links (bonding) between students and they visit each other’s countries during the year.