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 two-year programme, designed to prepare them for tertiary studies in music.
Both standard level (SL) and higher level (HL) music students are required to study musical perception. The main objectives to develop critical understanding, perceptual skills, relation to time and place, solo performance and composition.
The 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.
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 with a composer-in-residence, building their creative ideas into fully realised compositions. Students will workshop music and apply theoretical knowledge to practical ensemble situations, as well as performing as soloists in public recitals. At High Level, students create a folio of compositions AND a folio of solo performances, and at Standard Level, students have the option to create a composition folio OR a solo performance folio.
All students will also undertake a Musical Investigation, which explores two distinct musical cultures in the form of a communicative media such as a film or website.
Through studying any of the group 6 subjects, the arts, students become aware of how artists work and communicate. The aims of all subjects in group 6 are to enable students to:
1. enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts;
2. become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in the arts;
3. understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts;
4. explore and value the diversity of the arts across time, place and cultures;
5. express ideas with confidence and competence;
6. develop perceptual and analytical skills;
In addition, the aim of the music course at SL and HL is to enable students to:
7. develop their knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively.
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 MIDI (musical instrument digital interface)-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.
‘Mirth’ composed by Issy Jukes (QACI alumni 2015)
‘Dragon Dance’ composed by Marco Madamba (QACI alumni 2015)