Musical Links Investigation Guide: Analysis

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After students have completed Step One of the Musical Links Investigation (MLI) Guide, it is time for the heart of the MLI, the inquiry of the musical analysis links.  The MLI’s focus is on critical analysis and comparison/contrast of specific musical analysis links in your chosen pieces.   The Musical Links Investigation must be YOUR musical analysis and not rely solely on other sources. You may use parts of published analysis found in your research. This analysis must be attributed to ...

Musical Links Investigation Guide: Step One – Choosing the Music and Analysis Links

The Musical Links Investigation (MLI) can be broken down into sequential, manageable steps which provide a framework for success.  After the student understands the meaning of culture and analysis links, the next steps of selecting music with analysis links is crucial to the success of the paper.  Please note the role of the teacher in this important aspect. STEP ONE: CHOOSING THE PIECES Using your understanding of culture and musical analysis links, list several pieces of music and possible musical analysis links ...

Umbrella Maps: Who Knew Music Theory Could Taste This Great!

The use of cookies can be a fun and valuable tool for inquiry projects in music theory.  Recently, I was inspired by this website:  Music theory explained with OREOS!   Though somewhat rudimentary, the use of cookies (or any kind of food) visually reinforces the forms we often try to teach through the use of sound only.  To help visual learners grasp a concept, consider incorporating diagrams into your teaching to visually represent the topics and areas of learning taught.  Often ...

IB MUSIC: A Brief Guide to SL and HL Solo Performance

This is the time of year when SL Music students need to choose either solo or group performance and HL Music students prepare for solo performances.  It is an important decision. At the Standard Level, the solo or group performance option is worth 50% of the overall IB music score.  At the Higher Level, only the solo option is available. It is worth 25% of the overall IB music score.  This blog will focus on preparation for solo performance. Choosing Solo ...

The Summer Bucket List for IB Music Teachers

The Summer Bucket List for IB Music Teachers Congratulations, you made it through a year of IB Music! Summer is finally here as you cruise through your summer bucket list. What's next? After putting your feet up in your favorite chair, you may want to reflect; even reflect about reflecting. Reflect on your reflections from the year. Reflect on your students, your attitude, your preparation, the success of your teaching and what went well; what could have been better.   Your reflections ...

The Music of Summer: The Perfect Time To Jump Start IB Music

Totally excited about starting IB Music next year? IB music is a great course with numerous opportunities to learn and listen to different genres of music as well as study the contexts. Students learn performance repertoire as well as composing their own music. It will change your perception and paradigm of music listening, performing and composing. Most likely you are going to have a very busy schedule in the school year; using summer to get a jump start is highly ...

IB Music Exam: Tips and Strategies for Success

As you prepare for the IB Music exam, remember to develop strategies and methods for answering the IB Music Listening Paper questions. Decide which strategies work best for you or come up with your own, or a combination of those listed below. Use the approach that provides a guide to writing detailed answers in the shortest period of time. For this exam, the more evidence you provide for your assessment, the more likely you are to receive higher marks. STRATEGY 1: ...

Submitting Group and Solo Performance

How quickly the year has passed! You have most likely been working on your group and solo performances throughout the year. Now’s it is time to submit your music making. This blog provides strategies on how to finalize your performance including ensuring submission meet the length and accompaniment requirements, Running short on time? You may have enough music after all! At the SL level you are allowed up to one minute longer or shorter than the 15-minute time requirement due to musical ...

IB Music Smartbacc Guide Now Available!

The IB Music Smartbacc guide is now available! The guide includes great study tools include tips and review strategies for the listening exam, solo and group performance, creating/composing option and the musical links investigation. Each chapter begins with detailed requirements and interactive study guide materials and conclude with examiner marked samples of authentic IB music student material. Guided instruction focuses on avoiding common pitfalls in the exam as well as understanding how to apply the rubrics.     Listening exam tips and strategies Interactive ...

Next steps

Retrieved on 27 December 2013 from: http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/harvepino/harvepino1201/harvepino120100057/11941424-crossroads-sign-with-solutions-related-names-in-every-direction.jpg This post concerns thoughts for the new year for DP Music Candidates. After a brief congratulations to the year two students from the southern hemisphere (who just completed their IB Diploma experience), advice for the new year is shared for year two students. I would like to congratulate the DP class of 2014 - I hope that you have realised the value of the IB DP throughout your DP experience and that your next ...