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 ...

Next steps

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 steps in life are productive and meaningful. ...

Composing – where do you look for inspiration?

This post is intended for DP Music Candidates thinking about composition (creating). The featured piece is Variations on America by Charles Ives. We also discuss finding inspiration in unusual places. How do you find inspiration to compose (create)? (I use this word specifically regardless of the media used for the composition. The DP Music course asks candidates to present their creative thinking through a variety of options. The following discussion will apply to the following options: composition, music technology composition, improvisation, and arranging. Have ...

Preparing for the DP Music exam (November 2013)

Greetings DP Music candidates! This post is for you - regardless of whether you live in the northern hemisphere or the southern hemisphere - and is designed to help you with your exam review (yes - you should be reviewing!). I will briefly share my thoughts about what DP Music is about (in one sentence) and then share some advice regarding the Listening Paper. If you have any questions or comments, please post them to this site! If you are a year one DP ...

Analysing and comparing music – start with what you know

Greetings IB DP Music Students! For those in the southern hemisphere, I hope you are preparing for exams or preparing to conclude a successful academic year. For those in the northern hemisphere, I hope that your academic year is off to a good start. Regardless of where you are in the world, my goal is to provide you with some helpful insights into the DP Music class. I share my expertise as a pianist, DP Music teacher, and as a DP Music examiner. I ...