The IB music programme has undergone a significant review with a brand-new course structure commencing in 2021. The new course is completely folio based (there is no final exam) and aims to develop emerging musicians across three core folios for Standard Level and an additional fourth folio for Higher Level students. Students will assume three different roles (Researcher, Creator and Performer) across three different contexts (Personal, Local and Global). Integrated Musical Processes include exploring, experimenting and presenting music.


    • Minimum of Grade 1 Theory or equivalent
    • Performance levels are not set - you come in as the performer you are
    • Passionate & hard working
    • Students MUST have private music lessons
    • Enthusiasm and a good work ethic

Three Core Folios for SL and HL

Exploring Music in Context
Students will explore music of many different genres and experiment and create using ideas from the music studied. This folio will comprise of a 2400 word written submission and practical exercises in creating and performing.

Presenting Music
Students prepare a practical folio in solo and/or group while studying the compositional and contextual elements of the pieces chosen. This folio will comprise of programme notes - 600 words, composition and or improvisation, and a performance folio of 12 minutes.

Experimenting with Music
Students will explore and experiment with music from different contexts and cultures. This folio will comprise of a written experimentation report of 1500 words and practical music evidence, comprising of performance and composition.


Contemporary Music folio (HL students only)

High level students will undergo a fourth portfolio entitled ‘The Contemporary Music Maker’. In this portfolio, students need to run and manage a chosen ‘real life’ project that is music related. A 15 minute multimedia presentation is required to document and present this project for assessment. A project could be a concert at school, a competition, campaign, collaboration with others… the choice is yours.

Areas of Inquiry

Music is studied using four Areas of Inquiry:

1. Music for sociocultural and political expression
2. Music for listening and performances
3. Music for dramatic impact
4. Music technology in the electronic and digital age


Music is studied in three contexts:
1. Personal
2. Local
3. Global

Integrated Musical Processes include:
4. Exploring
5. Experimenting
6. Presenting

ASSESSMENT Standard Level
1. Exploring Music in Context: 30% (external assessment)
2. Presenting Music: 40% (external assessment)
3. Experimenting with Music: 30% (internal assessment)

1. Exploring Music in Context: 20% (external assessment)
2. Presenting Music: 30% (external assessment)
3. Experimenting with Music: 20% (internal assessment)
4. The Contemporary Music Maker: 30% (internal assessment)



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