The arts play a prominent role at YIS, both as an integral part of the curriculum - from the Early Learning Center up through high school - as well as through a broad range of clubs and activities that excite students' imaginations and give them numerous opportunities for creative expression.

In elementary school the arts are viewed by the Primary Years Program as a form of expression that is inherent in all cultures, a powerful means to assist in the development of the whole child and important for interpreting and understanding the world. Our arts curriculum at this level focuses on drama, dance, music and visual art, offered through single-subject courses but developed in conjunction with the PYP Units of Inquiry. See our elementary curriculum for further details.

This approach continues in our middle school and high school, where we offer an extensive range of courses in drama and theater, music and visual arts that enable students to hone their skills and expand their horizons. Performance opportunities abound, including school plays and seasonal concerts held at the Tanner Auditorium as well as concert halls and other venues around Yokohama. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of music and drama festivals with other schools in the Kanto area and beyond.

Japanese Music Program

One of the distinctive musical opportunities at YIS is our Japanese music program. The program, which focuses on the koto (a stringed instrument) and is offered for students in grades 4 - 12, seeks to foster understanding and appreciation of traditional Japanese music through education and performance. YIS Japanese music ensembles have performed at concert halls, temples and other venues throughout Japan and overseas, and been awarded prizes in several key national music competitions, while individual members have been honored with top solo awards. Recently, a self-organized group of eight of our HS koto players, supported by their teachers, took the grand prize at the "Kono Oto Tomare! Koto Competition" finals held on January 2, 2018 at the International Forum in Yurakucho.

Tanner Community Ensemble
The Tanner Community Ensemble was formed to bring professional chamber music performance to YIS and surrounding community. The ensemble’s highly experienced international chamber musicians conduct the Tanner Student and Community Ensemble program to provide students of all ages the opportunity to participate in professional level performance. This deeply enjoyable balance binds the YIS, Japanese, and global musical communities. Lessons, practices and concerts are held in the YIS Tanner Auditorium.

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