The IB Music course encourages pupils to appreciate all types of music from around the World. Through historical study, consideration of divergent cultures and their own music, open-mindedness, and first-hand experience of performing music of many kinds, pupils will reflect on the complexities of the human condition and the manifestation of such within musical media. The IB programme of study will involve a balance of listening, contextual study, performing, rehearsing, appraising and questioning. Pupils will be encouraged to take a self-directed approach to their studies, investigating not only their own preferred areas, but also exploring those unfamiliar to them, thus illuminating the concept that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The course is structured around a Musical Perception component which involves both Historical and International analytical study. This includes detailed analysis of the set works (Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 in G Major, The Surprise, Hob 1/94 and Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43) which will provide focus for the historical study. Additionally, pupils will cover the history of Western Art Music from 1575 to the present day chronologically and sequentially (Medieval and Renaissance; Baroque; Classical; Romantic; Twentieth Century; Jazz/Pop). In parallel, pupils will delve into the arena of World Music, considering the music of Africa, Asia, North and South America and Europe.
In addition, a Musical Links investigation is carried out exploring significant musical links between two (or more) pieces from distinct musical cultures.
For the internally assessed component of the course, pupils are required EITHER to submit two pieces of composition with recordings and written work OR a recording ?selected from pieces presented during one or more public performance(s).
- Internal Assessment (50%): Performance or Composition
- External Assessment (50%): Written Examination and Musical Links investigation