Music IB Higher Level at Parkside Sixth
Students studying music for their IB diploma will be able to develop their musical skills and understanding, and enrich their appreciation of a huge diversity of musical styles from different times and places. The course will be a mixture of theory and practice. It will offer excellent preparation for students who wish to study the subject further after Parkside Sixth, as well as being enjoyable and informative for the student who wants to ensure that they keep a creative subject as part of their overall IB profile.
The IB course encourages students to develop a high level understanding of music from a range of styles and cultures. Students will also develop their ability in performing and/or creating music.
Music Perception. You will study and compare music from different cultures. This will include set works and pieces chosen by you and your teacher.
Creating. A practical unit. Students can specialise in a range of options drawn from composition, arrangement, improvisation, music technology composition, and exploring the composition styles of others.
Solo Performing. A practical unit. Students can specialise in any instrument, including the voice and the computer, and should perform contrasting pieces in their choice of musical style(s).
your choice of either the Creating or the Solo Performing Route.
You will be assessed by a range of coursework, practical and exam work.
Listening exam, assessing your musical perception course.
Musical links investigation: a 2,000 word media script investigating links between pieces from different cultures. This coursework will be marked by the IB Organisation.
Creating coursework: recordings and a written commentary
Solo Performing coursework: recordings selected from public performances
Students who wish to pursue their studies in music further, will find the IB course excellent preparation, covering as it does a range of styles and a mixture of theory and practice. Students who wish to specialise in different traditions, such as 'traditional' music or music technology, will be able to shape their creating and performance profile to support this.
All students will find themselves enriched by studying music further, and will also benefit from the fact that employers and universities value well-rounded individuals.
How will I study?
You will be taught in stimulating and thought-provoking seminars, which will help you to explore the skills and knowledge you need for the course. You will work individually with your teacher and in groups with other students to develop your performance and creative abilities. Seminars and individuals practice sessions will take place in our brand new purpose-built Arts block.
What extra-curricular activities will there be?
Music students will be encouraged to play a full part in extra curricular music activities at the school, and will have the chance to lead younger students. There will be many performance opportunities both inside and outside of school. We will also plan to arrange plenty of visits to concerts and other musical events.
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.