Tips for Submitting Arrangements and Compositions

All compositions and the arrangement (if submitted) must include a printed score, a recording, and a reflective statement. If submitting an arrangement, the original source must be submitted whether it is a score or a recording. Following are recommendations for each: Printed score While this can be hand-written or printed via music-writing software, the score should be complete – all notes, dynamics, texts, and expression markings should be present and legible. Many times, students will attempt to submit works for piano ...

Expanding the Context – The Often Forgotten Criterion of the Listening Exam Rubric

It's the time of year to carefully plan your listening for the exam!   The often forgotten criterion from the listening paper rubric is Criteria D: Context.  Let's discuss expanding the context of each of your answers.   What is “context”? IB defines context as historical, cultural and stylistic characteristics. Here are types of contextual information: Questions that are cultural in nature are: Function of music – What was this played for? Why was it written? Nationality, location, geography – This is especially important for ...

To “Me Me Ha Me Fo Sty Co” or Not To “Me Me Ha Me Fo Sty Co?” Is That the Question?

It's the time of the year when many IB music teachers are cramming the acronym Me Me Ha Me Fo Sty Co into their students arsenal of listening paper strategies. IsMe Me Ha Me Fo Sty Co a great idea listening paper strategy or not?  While not from Hamlet's soliloquy, to be or not to be using Me Me Ha Me Fo Sty Co on the approaching IB music exam, is definitely a question worth investigating! A wise IB Music teacher invented Me Me Ha Me ...

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: ...