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 ...

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 ...

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. ...