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IB Music Diploma at Hartsdown Academy

Course description

The IB music programme is designed for students who have a general interest in music

Course content

Unit 1: Music Perception: Study, analysis and examination, comparing and contrasting of musical cultures

Unit 2: Creating :The development of creative skills through exploration, control and development of musical elements
The following options are available:

  • composing
  • music technology composing
  • arranging

Unit 3: Solo performing

The development of performance skills through solo music making

Entry requirements

The same as the IBCP pathway, with a GCSE in Music and ability to play an instrument.


You are assessed through:

  1. Examination Paper (2 hours 15 mins) 30%
  2. Links Investigation (both Higher and Standard Levels) 20%

Standard Level Students choose performance or composition: 50%

Future opportunities

Taking the IB in Music can lead to a variety of music-related careers: performing, composing, arts administration, publishing, music journalism, TV, radio. the ever-expanding e-media, music therapy, and even teaching! However the skills and disciplines of the successful musician, both individual (such as meeting deadlines and self-confidence) and interpersonal (such as reliability in team membership and communication) are attractive qualities for any employer.

Further information

Please contact Mrs Richardson on 01843 227957 or

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.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Number of planned places: 15


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