The new IBDP Music syllabus enables students to pursue their own musical path while exploring the different elements of being a well-rounded musician. This course is for anyone with a passion or enthusiasm for music who wants to develop skills and broaden their knowledge of the subject. Students need to be able to play an instrument / sing and enjoy making music.
The IB Music course follows 4 different Areas of Inquiry:
Music for sociocultural and political expression
Music for listening and performance
Music for dramatic impact, movement and entertainment
Music technology in the electronic and digital age
Students explore all four areas throughout the course as researchers, performers and creators of music.
The course is ideal for students who:
Are interested in both the practical and theoretical aspects of music-making
Respond to a creative approach to composition and performance
Wish to experience a DP arts course
Plan to study music in university or college.
“I am currently progressing through my first year of IB and have found IB Music to be an enlightening and riveting experience. I’ve had the absolute pleasure of meeting the course leader, Ms. Bronwyn, as well as the Director of Performing Arts, Mr. Kevin. Ms. Bronwyn’s ways of teaching have proved entirely dynamic. As a class, we’ve spanned a variety of musical genres and styles. Using inspiration from these differing styles we were able to create multiple compositions and submit them to our diverse portfolios. The facilities available in the Music Department at ASB are remarkable. An array of instruments and digital tools are available for use at any time, as well as three well equipped practice rooms. I’m extremely happy I took IB music, and encourage any incoming IB students with a passion for music to consider taking it!”
Lukas grade 11 IB Music student
“Working in IB music over the last two years has been nothing but a pleasure, and a priceless opportunity of which I couldn’t be more grateful. Ms. Bronwyn and her class have allowed me to express myself without fear of judgement, explore my musical style outside of my comfort zone, provided me with the confidence I need to pursue my dreams, and inspired me to be a better person overall. Had I not taken this class, my musical knowledge and capabilities would be nowhere near as developed, nor would I be the person I am today.“
Aneesa Grade 12 IB Music student
Creativity is as important as literacy. - Ken Robinson