Fees:  IB Exam Fees as appropriate

Learning Recommendations: Students need to be enrolled in either an ensemble class (choir, orchestra or band) OR have taken or are currently enrolled in MUS551 - Songwriting & Sequencing and MUS666 - IB Music - Composition and Creation.  Students will need proficiency on an instrument or voice in order to complete the solo recital component per the IB DP requirements for HL Music. Students may also be enrolled by teacher recommendation.


In addition to the daily music performance or composition class, students will attend the Tuesday, after school, two-hour seminars (October – April). For HL students, this will be a two-year seminar commitment.


General Description: This two-year-long course is for students who desire to complete an IB certificate or use IB Music as a Higher Level elective course for their IB diploma. Students will commit to two years of the weekly afternoon seminar sessions to learn the rubrics of IB Music. In addition to the performance requirements of the class work, the music seminar will focus on aspects of music history, music theory, and music analysis.


The additional requirements of Music HL are:


  • Students will submit a solo recital recording on their specialty instrument or voice.
  • Students will complete and submit three music composition creations. 



  • COMPOSING; The creation of musical works through the manipulation of musical elements
  • ARRANGING: The process of drawing on music that is already in existence and manipulating it
  • IMPROVISING: Spontaneous musical expression in response to a musical on non-musical stimulus
  • STYLISTIC TECHNIQUES: The study of the compositional style of others
  • ANALYSIS: The study of music from cultures of the world as well as Western Arts music

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:  research-based papers and multi-media presentations; music listening and analysis; direct instruction including lecture and music ensemble performance/evaluation; solo instrument/voice study (on their own); and recording. Students will develop creative skills through the exploration, control, and use of musical elements. Students will use their knowledge of these elements of music to complete a music creation portfolio.


Students’ grades will be determined by the independent score given to their portfolio by the International Baccalaureate Foundation assessors or as determined by the instructor.


Equipment to be provided by Student: Head-set (ear buds), USB drive, individual musical instrument