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.

Last reviewed 26 February 2020
Last updated 26 February 2020