Areas of Inquiry

AoI 1: Music for sociocultural and political expression

Examples may include protest songs, religious music, national anthems, etc.

AoI 2: Music for listening and performance

This may include cool jazz, chamber music of the western art tradition, experimental music, etc.

AoI 3: Music for dramatic impact, movement and entertainment

This may include music for film, dance and musical theatre, etc.

AoI 4: Music technology in the electronic and digital age

This may include electronic dance music, technology in popular music production, etc.

 

While learning about these AoI’s, the student is encouraged to think about them in three different contexts:

  • Personal context. Music that has significance to the student, and that they are most familiar with
  • Local context. Music that has local significance but that may be unfamiliar to the student
  • Global context. Music from a variety of places, societies and cultures

 

Syllabus and Assessment

Component 1: Exploring music in context (SL / HL) – 30% SL / 20%HL. Externally marked

Students select Samples of their work for a portfolio submission (max 2,400 words). The submission will contain:

Exploring as a researcher

Written work demonstrating engagement with, and understanding of, diverse musical material.

Exploring as a creator and performer

1 practical creating exercise 

1 performed adaptation of music from a local or global context for the student’s own instrument

 

Component 2: Experimenting with music (SL / HL) – 30% SL / 20% HL. Internally marked

Students will experiment with creating and performing, submit a report which details their process through at least 2 AoI’s. The submission will contain:

Experimenting as a researcher

A written experimentation report (max 1,500 words)

Experimenting as a creator and a performer

Practical musical evidence of experimenting.

3 related excerpts of creating 

3 related excerpts of performing

 

Component 3: Presenting Music (SL / HL) – 40% SL / 30% HL. Externally marked

Students submit a collection of works demonstrating engagement with diverse musical material from all four AoI’s. The submission will contain:

Presenting as a researcher

Programme notes (max 600 words)

Presenting as a creator

Composition and/or improvisation (max 6 mins)

Presenting as a performer

Solo and/or ensemble performing.

Excerpts, where applicable.

 

Component 4: The Contemporary Music Maker. (HL) – 30% HL. Internally Marked

Students submit a continuous multimedia presentation documenting a real-life project. The submission will contain:

A Multimedia presentation showing the project proposal, the process and evaluation and the realised project (or curated selections of it).

 

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