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 compositional 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)
‘Atonement’ composed by Myles Van Ryan (QACI alumni 2015)