Music assessment objectives and assessment criteria

Greeting DP Music teachers! Today I would like to briefly discuss the assessment objectives in DP Music and how to use these objectives to develop rubrics. My discussion today is informed by my knowledge and understanding of the Middle Years Programme in the context of assessment. In my humble opinion, the MYP handles assessment extremely effectively - there are clear assessment criteria which are clearly linked to assessment objectives. The wording of both the criteria and the objectives is exactly the same. ...

Links and Depth (listening paper)

This post concerns students' abilities to generate responses with the appropriate levels of depth when discussing the prescribed works. Using the approaches to learning skill - thinking - we can identify two skill descriptors that should be developed throughout the two years of the DP Music course: 1. Apply skills and knowledge in unfamiliar situations 2. Analyse complex concepts and projects into their constituent parts and synthesize them to create new understanding Question three of the listening paper invites students to compare and contrast ...

Musical Links Investigations (teachers)

Greetings DP Music colleagues! I return to you after a wonderfully intense May 2014 exam session. I have just finished moderating Musical Links Investigations and would like to share my insights with you. The focus of this post will be the Musical Links Investigation. Pragmatically, this post will better serve southern hemisphere teachers, but there is also benefit for all DP Music teachers. I would like to strongly encourage teachers to focus on musical analysis (as opposed to musical description) and encouraging ...

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. ...