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IB Music

IB Music SL/HL - Click HERE for the Course Syllabus

IB Music is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn about the inner workings of music.  The goal of the course is to provide students with the requisite music theory and ear training skills along with the historical perspective to concretely discuss music in a thoughtful and meaningful way.  The course will trace the development of Western classical music begining with Medieval chant all the way through to the 21st century.  Along the way, students will also be exposed to a variety of World Music cultures ranging from Andean folk music to North Indian Classical music as well as the many styles of American Jazz, Blues, and Popular music.  At the end of the course, students will be adequately prepared to take the IB Music DP exam in May.  

Class activities will include listening to a variety of pieces, learning to compose music in a variety of styles, and developing a wide-ranging musical vocabularly.  

Assessments will mirror the IB exam and thus will include music listening, analytical essays, score reading, musical composition, and musical performance.

For the 2017, 2018 and 2019 IB Music Exam, all students will work with the official IB prescribed works: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major (J.S. Bach) and Dances of Galanta (Zoltan Kodaly).