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Group Six IB Music HL Level 3 at Dartford Grammar School

Course description

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


Composition  25%


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.

Entry requirements

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.

Last updated date: 30 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years