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If you're thinking about studying Music in the 6th Form, the chances are that you already play an instrument or sing to a high standard, and enjoy performing a wide range of music. 

6th Form musicThe IB music course has a strong practical and creative element, so you can gain recognition of your performing abilities while gaining further experience of composing and listening. 

The course develops a broad range of skills, and promotes independent learning and critical thinking, and is available at both Standard Level and Higher Level

There is a very high proportion of marks available for performing at Standard Level; anyone who plays or sings regularly, and has a general interest in music, can therefore consider this course as an attractive option within their overall IB programme.

Course requirement

Entry to examination courses in Music is based on individual ability and aptitude, not necessarily on a specific GCSE grade. Please ask whether you have the appropriate musical background.

Thinking of the future 

There is a wide range of university Music courses, from traditional academic study to courses with a scientific or technological bias. Music colleges offer a different approach, and are particularly suitable for dedicated performers. If you wish to study Music as a main subject or as a subsidiary, there are plenty of opportunities. 

Career opportunities for people who have studied Music are very varied. A few become performers, but many more go into jobs in broadcasting, sound recording, teaching or arts administration. Some people choose a career which is not related to music at all; a training in music develops many transferable skills which are useful in all kinds of work.

course content - Standard level
 

Standard Level

Performing (50%)

You will take part in a variety of performances during the course, and we will make recordings of your solos during these concerts. You will then choose your best recordings lasting for 15 minutes in total for submission as coursework. 

Listening (30%)

You will explore a very wide range of repertoire from both the western classical tradition and world music to develop your skills in listening to and describing music. You will also study a set work.

Music links investigation (20%)

You will investigate the musical links between two pieces from different musical culture and present your findings in the form of a magazine article.

course content - higher level
 
Listening (30%)

You will explore a very wide range of repertoire from both the western classical tradition and world music to develop your skills in listening to and describing music. You will also study two set works.

Performing (25%)

You will take part in a variety of performances during the course, and we will make recordings of your solos during these concerts. You will then choose your best recordings lasting for 20 minutes in total.

Composing (25%)

You will complete three pieces of coursework. This could be three compositions, but your portfolio could also include arranging, improvising or formal harmony exercises.

Music links investigation (20%)

You will investigate the musical links between two pieces from different musical cultures and present your findings in the form of a magazine article.

Group 6: The Arts