IB SL Subject: Music

IB SL Subject: Music

Through the music course students develop their knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively.

Involving aspects of the composition, performance and critical analysis of music, the course exposes students to forms, styles and functions of music from a wide range of historical and socio-cultural contexts. Students create, participate in, and reflect upon music from their own background and those of others. They develop practical and communicative skills which provide them with the opportunity to engage in music for further study, as well as for lifetime enjoyment.

Music syllabus outline

Music perception
Study, analysis and examination, comparing and contrasting of musical cultures

At Standard Level students choose one option from among the following: a) Creating, b) Solo performing, c) Group performing:

The development of creative skills through exploration, control and development of musical elements
The following options are available:

music technology composing
stylistic techniques.

Solo performing
The development of performance skills through solo music making

Group performing
The development of performance skills through group music making


Students are assessed both externally and internally. External assessment consists of a) the Listening paper (musical perception questions), and b) the Musical links investigation (a written media script investigating the significant musical links between two or more pieces from distinct musical cultures).  Internal assessment consists, of  a) Creating, b) Solo performing, c) Group performing.