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 ...

Listening Paper – Section C – a tribute

The May 2015 exam session brought a change to the DP Music Listening Paper: the elimination of section C for HL students (the musical links discussion using two pieces from section B). I would like to honour section C as I found great value in the skills, knowledge and understandings that were embedded in this section. One of the many elements of the DP Music Listening Paper that I value is how the paper invites students to 'think on their feet' ...

Critical musical thinking though the listening paper

Greetings DP Music teachers! During this post, I will be discussing critical thinking and the listening paper. The May 2013 Subject Report was released a few short weeks ago; the report provides examiner feedback and instructional suggestions. This report is available on the online curriculum centre (OCC). I will be basing my post on the section of the report that discusses section A - the prescribed works section. ATL - Thinking skills & Communication Skills May 2013 listening paper prescribed works: Classical symphony - ...

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 ...