Music functions as a means of personal and communal identity and expression, and embodies the social and cultural values of individuals and communities. This scenario invites exciting exploration and sensitive study. Music, and all of its associations, may vary considerably from one musical culture to another: yet music may share similarities. Such richness offers a variety of ways to encounter and engage with a constantly changing world.

Students at QACI will engage in a rigorous 2 year program, designed to prepare them for tertiary studies in music. At both High Level and Standard Level, the main objectives are to develop critical understanding, perceptual skills, relation to time and place, solo performance and composition.  

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme music course is designed to offer students the opportunity to build on prior experience in music while encouraging a broad approach to the subject and developing new skills, techniques and ideas.

It is an expectation that students who study Music in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme need to have completed or working towards AMEB 3 Theory (or equivalent).

Throughout the course of study, students will develop the valuable skills of active/critical listening and analysis through study of scores and recordings of various genres and styles throughout history and around the world. Students will work on several occasions with composers-in-residence, building their creative ideas into fully realised compositions. Students perform as both soloists and as collaborative members of ensembles in public recitals and showcase events. All students will also undertake a Musical Links Investigation (MLI) that explores two distinct musical cultures in the form of a communicative media such as a film or website.  


Composition forms a major component of the IB Music Program. During their study students aim to develop creative skills through exploration, control and development of musical elements. Creativity demands self-discipline and focus on the part of students as they shape and assemble the musical elements to express a particular mood, character or other intended meaning.

A music technology composition uses computers together with a variety of software programs and/or hardware. Music technology compositions demonstrate skill and creativity in their use of Music Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) based programs, sequence-based programs, sound-generating software, recorded audio, analogue synthesizers, concrete sounds and assorted hardware.

Music composition is a rigorous and challenging task for most young musicians, most of who have had very little experience. We are fortunate enough at QACI to have our very own composer in residence, Nicole Murphy, who meets with IB music classes weekly to develop and support their composition ideas and skills.

We also have our in-house recording studio, Lot17 Recording Studios, who run weekly workshops with students to build electronic music and recording skills. This support for students results in an output of highly sophisticated and creative work every year.

Extra-Curricular Music Ensembles and Tutorial Schedule 2022





​Percussion Ensemble 1
​Percussion Ensemble 2 (6.16)
​Theory Tutorial (6.23)

​2:30 - 3:30pm
​Vocal Collective (6.21)

​3:30 - 4:30pm

​String Collective (6.21)

Note: Due to the rigour and time requirements of the IB, it is recommended that students do not sign up for more than two ensembles.

Percussion Ensembles 1, 2: Directed by Steve Stiller
Two separate percussion ensembles. Recommended for percussionists, drummers, pianists, and any music students.

Vocal Collective: Directed by Alison Rogers

A large choral group that is strongly encouraged for all music students who are vocalists, however, students do not need to study music to join.

Vox: Directed by Alison Rogers                                    

A small, chamber vocal group. This is an extension group for more experienced vocalists with the ability to learn their parts independently - students must be in Vocal Collective to be considered for Vox (entry via audition).

Stage Band: Directed by Matthew Christensen

The jazz experience. An opportunity for students to play in a big band, explore various jazz styles, and develop improvisation skills. Recommended for saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm section (guitar, piano, bass, kit). Please note that numbers for this ensemble are subject to balance, and positions may be limited based on instrument requirements (positions to be determined via audition).

String Collective: Directed by Sophie Collis

A non-traditional and collaborative string ensemble experience, where players will be engaged in a variety of repertoire, including various world music cultures. This ensemble is strongly encouraged for all music students who are string players, but is also open to non-music students or students for whom it is a second instrument.

Theory Tutorial with Kate Freeman

Encouraged for any music student who feels that they would benefit from extra help with theory concepts. This takes form as a weekly theory tutorial/ensemble to help anyone who needs or wants to improve their musical literacy and knowledge.

Last reviewed 28 April 2022
Last updated 28 April 2022