Group Six IB Music HL Level 3 at Dartford Grammar School
The IB music programme is designed for students who have a general interest in music.
Listening Examination Paper (2 hours 15 mins) 30%
Section A: Students at Higher Level answer two questions on set works and Standard Level answer one.
Section B: Higher Level Students answer four questions (Standard Level answer three)
Question 4 (20 marks) analyse & examine question: western art music
Question 5 (20 marks) analyse & examine question: western art music
Question 6 (20 marks) analyse & examine question: jazz/pop, world music
Question 7 (20 marks) analyse & examine question: jazz/pop, world music
Section C (Higher Level Students only - answer one question) Compare & contrast question: two extracts from Section B
Musical Links Investigation (both Higher and Standard Levels) 20%
You must explore, analyse and examine two or more significant musical links between the pieces e.g. melody, harmony, structure, rhythm (20 marks)
You must produce:
- Media script e.g. magazine article, radio show script, website screenshots etc.
- Bibliography & Discography You should use both primary and secondary sources
Standard Level Students choose performance or composition: (50%)
Higher Level Solo Performance - A recording of a 20 minute programme 25%
Standard Level Solo or Ensemble – A recording of a 15 minute programme 50%
- The programme should consist of contrasting pieces in any musical style
- The recording should represent the student’s best work from public performances
- You may use any instrument and/or voice, or the computer as a musical instrument
Higher Level Students must submit three pieces of coursework (Standard Level students submits two if choosing this option from 5-15 mins). The following options are available:
- Composing 3–6 mins recording, reflective statement
- Music tech. composing 3–6 mins recording, reflective statement
- Arranging 3–6 mins recording, score, reflective statement
- Improvising 3-6 mins recording, reflective statement
- Stylistic techniques 16 bars 2 scores, 2 reflective statements
Expectations: The course is suited to students who have completed Music GCSE or an equivalent. It is expected that students will be Grade 6+ in performance at the beginning of the course, and will have an ability to read music. Music technology will be used for composition purposes, primarily using Sibelius and Cubase.
Students will normally be expected to achieve at least 3 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE. They will be required to have A grades in the subjects they are going to study at Higher Level (A* grade in Mathematics). In the case of a subject not studied at GCSE, a grade A will be required in a related subject.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dartford Grammar School directly.