The Newsman School, Boston, MA
IB Music SL/HL I/II
Ms. Millard, instructor
IB Music is a two year program. Students will become thoughtful listeners and creators of music. Through the exploration of Western music and music of other cultures and continents, students will learn to recognize the differences and the links between a variety of musical styles. Study of form and musical terms and devices teach the student to think clearly and write intelligently about music. The continued study of Music Theory (building on Music 9 and 10) further enhances musical understanding, and creates opportunities for musical composition and creativity.
Prerequisites: Music 9 and Music 10 or by permission of the instructor
Students must bring the following to class everyday:
1 inch three-ring binder exclusively for music class.
Composition Notebook dedicated specifically to being a IB Music Listening Journal.
Pencils - you may not use pen for quizzes or theory homework!
Essential’s of Music Theory Complete: I will collect the books once a week to check your progress.
Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory Complete
The Enjoyment of Music: An Introduction to Perceptive Listening
Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World’s People
Goals and Objectives
IB Music is a two year program. The student will develop:
Musical Theory and Composition skills.
The ability to recognize and describe different instrumentation and textures in music.
A knowledge of the characteristics of music from different eras in Western Music History.
A knowledge of music from other cultures (World Music).
The vocabulary to intelligently and compellingly describe music, comparing and contrasting different styles, different eras and different musical cultures.
Both a visual and an aural understanding of musical form and texture.
Grades are calculated by using the following percentages:
35% Quizzes, Tests, written homework assignments
25% Classroom participation and Conduct
15% Listening Journal
Percentages are subject to change at instructor’s discretion.
Course Policies and Expectations:
Students are required to participate in discussions and classroom exercises in a lively but respectful manner. Poor or disrespectful conduct will not be tolerated. Any student who does not meet these expectations will be asked to leave the classroom and be subject to disciplinary action. Poor behavior will also be reflected in the final grade.
Since classroom participation comprises a large percentage of the grade, attendance is crucial. Reading and listening assignments must be done on time; you will be asked to demonstrate your knowledge in class.
Written assignments are to be completed on time unless arranged with the instructor at least two school days in advance. Students are responsible for keeping up with material in the event of any absences; assignments will be posted online and class notes should be sought from a classmate. Late work will marked down incrementally.
Students must take the greatest care that the work they present is truly their own; cheating and plagiarism will result in a zero for the assignment and academic discipline as outlined in the Student Handbook.