WISS Today Article

Einstein once said, “If I had not been a scientist, I would have been a musician.  Life without playing music is inconceivable for me.  I live my daydreams in music.  I see my life in terms of music; I get most joy in life out of music.”

Research shows that learning to play an instrument stimulates the brain, improving memory function and developing abstract reasoning skills, essential for maths and science.  In addition, music training promotes self-expression develops self-confidence, imaginative thinking, creative problem-solving, and respect for others.  These elements describe the distinct characteristics of a WISS student. 

The Western International School of Shanghai is dedicated to nurturing student development through Creative Arts, integrating music as part of the WISS curriculum.   At WISS, we believe that Creative Arts are an essential part of our student’s education, and learning music is a positive experience.

WISS Music Instrumental Program offers students the opportunity to broaden their horizons, learn to play an instrument, and develop essential skills needed for success in the 21st Century.  The Instrumental Program offers sophisticated and professional music learning opportunities for students led by expert music instructors who guide students to acquire an understanding of music and fundamental performance skills, which culminates in annual student recitals. 

The program offers a wide range of instruments which include the Piano, Flute, Drums, and Guitar/Bass Guitar lessons.

 WISS Music Experts

The WISS Instrumental Music Program is delivered by a group of experienced instructors trained to share with students their expertise, develop techniques, and explore knowledge about their instrument of choice.

MR. LARS JENSEN – GUITAR INSTRUCTOR

Mr. Jensen has been instructing students at WISS for more than a decade.  Originally from Wisconsin, USA, he began his guitar studies at age eight and has performed actively ever since.  He graduated with a degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Mr. Jensen has composed and produced music for several short films and theatrical productions.  As an accomplished songwriter and recording engineer, he has produced and performed on a number of CD releases, including his own compositions and arrangements.  In addition, he was also a student, performer, and composer of Balinese (Indonesian) Gamelan music as a member of a very active non-profit troupe in San Francisco.

Mr. Jensen’s performance credits include several professional bands, in which he performed on electric and acoustic guitars, electric bass, keyboards, mandolin.  He furthermore offers experience in vocals for the genres of rock, blues, jazz, R&B, pop, country, and folk music.

MR. PASCAL NAIGOM – DRUMS INSTRUCTOR

Pascal is from Mauritius Island and is a professional musician with almost three decades of experience.  Mr. Naigom has been a multi-instrumentalist practicing music since the age of thirteen.  Since turning professional in 2000, Mr. Naigom has participated in over 5000 live performances, including private and corporate functions, sports events, large-scale festivals, tours, and recording sessions.

Mr. Naigom has also been sharing his experience with students for the last 15 years.  He has been based in Shanghai in 2011 and can currently be seen performing with “Studio 188”, “JZ club Latin Project,” of which he is the official drummer, percussions, and background vocalist.  He often plays drum, Cajon, Conga, and African Drum Djembe on television commercials, JZ Festival, tours, and recording sessions, at private events with renowned artists internationally and locally.

MS. LUXIN – FLUTE / PIANO INSTRUCTOR

Ms. Luxin graduated from Marseille National Conservatory of Music in France.  She offers expertise in the subjects of  Flute, Piccolo, and Piano.   Her methods include mobilizing the atmosphere during instruction, being mindful of students’ potential challenges, and exploring creative ways to help them overcome their challenges.  Ms. Luxin will often customize course content to meet the various levels of student needs.

During her career, she has received top awards for her performances in the ensemble group in the concerto competition of East China Normal University Conservatory of Music in 2013; the Youth Ensemble in Flute Competition of China Flute Federation in 2014; for solo group performance in the concerto competition of East China Normal University Conservatory of Music in 2015; solo competition awards in the 2016 international music competitions of the 2nd Annual Master Players Festival as well as in the 8th Nice International Flute Competition.

What are the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument?

Here are some key benefits offered through participation in music.

1. Increased Memory Capacity

2. Refines Time Management and Organizational Skills

3. Encourages Team Participation

4. Teaches You Perseverance & Discipline

5. Develops Hand-Eye Coordination

6. Improves Mathematical Ability

7. Offers Superior Cognitive Performance in Reading and  Comprehension

8. Develops a Sense of Responsibility

9.  Exposure to Cultural History

10. Sharpens Concentration

11. Fosters Self-Expression & Relieves Stress

12. Promotes Social Skills Development

13. Elevates Performance and Presentation Skills

Are you feeling inspired to take up learning a musical instrument?  Enquire at WISS Admissions to learn more or visit the WISS Website.