British International School of Houston

Launches Innovative Music Curriculum

In Collaboration with the Julliard School

March 31, 2016 (Houston, Texas) – The British International School of Houston will become one of the first schools in the world to benefit from an innovative new collaboration between Nord Anglia Education and The Juilliard School in New York. Starting September 2016, students at the school will use an enhanced embedded arts curriculum developed by specialists from Juilliard, along with continued support from, and engagement with, Juilliard alumni and affiliated artists.

The collaboration between Juilliard, the world-renowned performing arts conservatory, and Nord Anglia Education, the world’s leading premium schools organization, is designed to enhance the British International School of Houston’s performing arts offering with its innovative structure, design and approach. The new embedded arts curriculum, which focuses first on music, was developed by curriculum and music experts at both Juilliard and Nord Anglia Education.

Andrew Derry, principal of the British International School of Houston, said, “This collaboration is incredibly exciting. An already vibrant and creative music department will be invigorated by our exclusive collaboration with Juilliard, and everyone involved is eager to begin the program and offer our students a world-class musical experience of the highest quality.”

The music curriculum is designed for all students, not just those who are serious about learning an instrument or musical performance. It is based around a repertoire of 12 core works covering a wide range of cultures, genres and historical periods, each of which has been carefully chosen by Juilliard to open the door to categories of music and fundamentals essential for all young people to know and experience. Ultimately, the curriculum aims to nurture cultural literacy and develop key skills in students, such as discipline, creativity and confidence that will enable them to succeed anywhere in the world once they’ve left school.

Joseph W. Polisi, president at the Juilliard School, said, “In collaborating with Nord Anglia, we have a unique opportunity to share our expertise, offering those studying at Nord Anglia schools the chance to learn from the best that our two institutions can offer. We believe that the performing arts should have a significant role within today’s global educational environment. By working with Nord Anglia, we can reach students from around the world to cultivate their skills and help guide them in their future growth.”Charlotte_490


About the British International School of Houston

The British International School of Houston is a private international school catering to the needs of local and international students from Early Years through Grade 12. The school will move to a brand new 270,000 sq. ft. facility this summer, conveniently located between the Energy Corridor and Katy. This state-of-the-art campus sits on 33-acres with world-class facilities for 2,000 students including modern learning spaces, numerous science labs, design technology labs, an aquatic center, extensive sports facilities and a performing arts center. The school offers a challenging, broad course of study that culminates with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). For more information on the British International School of Houston, visit, call 713.290.9025 or email

Our international curriculum is designed to inspire, motivate and engage students to take control of their own learning. Our personalize approach is designed to offer just the right balance of challenge and support so that every student makes exceptional progress.

About Nord Anglia Education, Inc.

Nord Anglia Education (NYSE: NORD) is the world’s leading operator of premium international schools, serving students from kindergarten through the end of secondary school (K-12). We teach over 34,000 students at our 42 premium schools in China, Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia and North America. We are driven by one unifying philosophy – we are ambitious for our students, our people and our family of schools. Our schools deliver a high quality education through a personalized approach enhanced with unique global opportunities to enable every student to succeed. Nord Anglia Education is headquartered in Hong Kong. Our website is