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 ...

WHAT CAME FIRST, THE MUSIC OR THE ERA?

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  In IB Music we study the classical music eras of: Middle Ages (9th to 14th centuries) Renaissance (15th and 16th centuries) Baroque (1600 - 1750) Classical (1750 - 1820) Romantic (1820 - 1910) Modern or Contemporary (1910 to the present) Often students ask about what came first, the music or the era?  As I was thinking about how we teach eras often classifying music by characteristics, I realized this answer is multi-faceted.  Music has developed and evolved in small steps through ...

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 ...

IB Music: Transforming the Listening and Performance Experience

By Monday, September 19, 2016 , , , 0

Often students listen to music to manage their moods, enhance a workout or study session, bond with other students and as a distraction from daily life.  Are you listening to heavy metal as a means to relieve stress?  Researchers would have us believe that listening to certain genres of music results in a connection of the struggle in the music to the struggle in life itself.  The beauty of the IB Music course is the transformation of our listening experience from ...

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: ...

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 ...

Thematic development and transformation

Image: Denny Euprasert Greetings DP Music teachers! I hope that our colleagues in the northern hemisphere are enjoying a happy return to school whilst our colleagues in the southern hemisphere are enjoying a productive year. The discussion today centres on thematic development and transformation. One area that I experimented with heavily in my classroom was how to provide students with enough scaffolding regarding development in their compositions without having students sacrifice their initial ideas for a 'prescriptive' approach to development. There are various approaches ...