September 2020 sees the launch of a brand new IB music course, completing the new suite of creative arts subjects in the IB DP. For the first time music technologists will be fully catered for, and the intention at Wellington is to create two parallel pathways, allowing performers and technologists to present work from their own specialisms for assessment.
The new course takes a bold look at preparing musicians for the future and intends to be inclusive, holistic in its development of the musical mind, and relevant to the 21st century learner by taking students’ personal musical identity as the starting point.
Throughout the course students take on three roles, as researcher, creator, and performer. In these roles they inquire, create, perform and reflect on three musical processes:
Exploring music in context;
Experimenting with music;
Students will explore a diverse range of music through four Areas of Inquiry:
Music for sociocultural and political expression;
Music for listening and performance;
Music for dramatic impact, movement or entertainment;
Music technology in the electronic and digital age.
An emphasis is made on independent research, critical thinking and acquisition of knowledge. Pupils taking this course will be avid listeners and for whom music is a passion as well as an academic course. Pupils should be prepared to analyse any piece of music and discuss its musical features. For the practical areas of the course pupils should be able to play an instrument to Grade 5/6 level and would look to attain Grade 7/8 standard by the Upper 6th form. Pupils should be able to read music and must have attained a 7 grade or higher in GCSE Music.
The course develops the following skills: communication, planning, independent research skills, knowledge acquisition, information technology, problem solving, performance and compositional techniques, confidence, working with others. Pupils learn a great deal about music and the music industry. Musicians go on to study at many courses in a wide variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, humanities, social sciences, music or performing arts at degree level including at Oxbridge and Conservatoire.