Arts

Grade 9 (MYP)

All grade 9 courses are 1 credit.
Visual Arts Grade 9

This course aims to help students develop critical thinking skills and take a more proactive role in their own learning. Students learn to express opinions and analyze the characteristics of their own artwork and that of others using subject-specific vocabulary in their developmental workbook. Students will produce a variety of work in different media, including observational drawing and digital graphic design. They will have ample opportunity for exploring theory, discussion, presentations and feedback. They will present their own work to their peers and will engage in ongoing meaningful critical discourse. Students maintain a record of all completed work in their developmental workbooks, which can include planning, peer presentations and assessment exercises.

General Music Grade 9

This course is designed to introduce students to various aspects of the music curriculum. The emphasis of the course is on practical music making and creativity; it involves listening, performing and composing. A study of a wide variety of musical styles and genres enables students to learn how to further their appreciation and enjoyment of music. Basic music theory and musical terms are taught, as well as more advanced musical knowledge appropriate to each topic covered. All topics involve composition tasks in different styles, and students are encouraged to develop their personal creative skills as much as possible. A record of their study, research and reflection is maintained in the developmental workbook. All students, whether complete beginners or experienced musicians, are given the opportunity to develop instrumental, vocal, and choral skills through individual and group performances. Students participate in regular classroom performances and perform in public concerts and at special school occasions.

Japanese Music Grade 9

This course is designed for students especially interested in studying a traditional Japanese musical instrument. Following the curriculum of the standard grade 9 music course, students deepen their understanding of the elements of music through work on solo and ensemble compositions for the thirteen and seventeen string kotos. Music theory and history are approached through the lenses of both Japanese and western musical traditions. A composition project incorporating Japanese instrumentation is another important aspect of the course. All students are expected to participate in regularly scheduled concerts. Students having no previous experience with a Japanese instrument are encouraged to supplement their class work with additional study after school.

Drama Grade 9
This course is essentially practical, but students will be expected to keep an online journal of their exploration of drama in class. Students will create devised work for performance and work from play texts, practically understanding drama concepts such as status, tension and focus, and seeing how meaning and atmosphere can be presented to an audience. The class will also explore technical and practical elements of theatre such as lighting, make-up, prop making and set design, although the emphasis is on the development of well-rounded drama practitioners, both on and off stage. Assessment requirements include practical coursework, such as improvised scene work, technical theatre plans, written research projects and production of a one-act play.

Grade 10 (MYP)

All grade 10 courses are 1 credit.
All grade 10 courses are 1 credit.
Visual Arts Grade 10

This course aims to develop students’ creative and critical thinking skills to a more advanced level to allow them to take responsibility for their own learning. Students will learn how to develop personal art and design work through an intensive creative process of research and idea in their developmental workbook. During this process they will express opinions and analyze the characteristics of artwork and their ideas using subject-specific vocabulary. Students will also work on figure drawing adopting a variety of media and approaches. Students present their work to their peers and engage in regular meaningful critical discourse. A record of all completed work is maintained in their developmental workbooks.

General Music Grade 10

This course is designed to build on students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in the music curriculum and further prepare them to take IBDP Music in grade 11. The emphasis of this course is on practical music making and creativity; it involves listening, performing, theory, analysis, world music and composing. A study of a wide variety of musical styles and genres enables students to learn how to further their appreciation and enjoyment of music. Music theory and musical terms are taught, as well as more advanced musical knowledge appropriate to each topic covered. All topics involve various composition tasks in different styles, and students are encouraged to develop their personal creative skills as much as possible. A record of their study, research and reflection is maintained in the developmental workbook. All students, whether complete beginners or experienced musicians, are given the opportunity to develop as performers through individual and group performances. Students participate in regular classroom performances and perform in public concerts and at special school occasions.

Japanese Music Grade 10

Following the curriculum of the standard grade 10 music course, this section is designed for the serious student who is looking to further his/her skills with a Japanese musical instrument in preparation for IBDP Music. In this performance-driven ensemble class, students work on advanced solo and ensemble compositions for the koto and bass koto. Japanese music theory and history are viewed in relation to other world music traditions while western theory and history receive more focused attention. A composition project for Japanese instrumentation, applying both Japanese and western musical elements is another important aspect. All students are expected to participate in regularly scheduled concerts.

Drama Grade 10

This course investigates ways of creating devised work for performance; working from text; writing evaluations about the creative process; understanding dramatic concepts such as status, tension and focus; being aware of theatrical styles, social issues and mixed media, e.g., a photo as stimuli for plot development; using suitable approaches in rehearsal to interpreting the stimuli; knowing the rationale for aesthetic choices; and seeing how meaning and atmosphere can be presented to an audience. Assessment requirements include practical coursework such as major group devised and monologue performances and directorial seminars based on practical work done in class.

Grades 11 & 12 (DP)

DP courses in the arts are two-year courses earning 2 credits. See also online course offerings.
Visual Arts (HL and SL) Credits: 2

This course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and work with a minimum of three different media. Students are encouraged to produce a body of resolved works and to demonstrate a deep consideration of how their resolved works communicate with a potential viewer. Students learn to become informed and critical observers of visual culture. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.

Music (HL and SL) Credits: 2

Students should be prepared for a rigorous yet exciting course covering music theory, music history, world music, analysis and performance. A varied range of activities will be introduced to encourage students to engage with music from different times, places and cultures, critically appraise music and use appropriate musical terminology, develop techniques for comparative analysis, develop investigative and thinking skills, learn to create music, learn to perform music, work both independently and collaboratively, and develop reflection techniques to help them improve their performance over time. This course has rigorous standards with both internal and external assessments. External assessments include a musical links investigation and written listening paper. Internal assessments evaluate creating and performance and are then moderated externally. Students considering this course at higher level should have several years of performance experience (vocal or instrumental) and a good understanding of music theory.

Theatre (HL and SL) Credits: 2

The essence of this course is to participate in a wide range of theatre activities, such as improvisation, technical production and acting techniques. Students will become familiar with forms of theatre from their own and other cultures and will keep a journal to explore and experiment individually and collaboratively. They will also explore different theatre traditions, such as Commedia dell Arte (Italian Renaissance Comedy), Wayang Kulit (Indonesian Shadow Puppetry) and Tribal Masquerade (African Mask). This is both a practical and theoretical course, exploring performance in the specialist theatre roles of creator, designer, director and performer. In addition to both collaborative group and solo practical work, scholastic skills such as writing a critique, pitching a directorial vision, and reflecting on dramatic achievements will ensure students become critical theatre practitioners. Internal assessments include a variety of practical experiences in each facet of theatre, e.g., acting, costuming, lighting, stage design as well as written research projects and visual plans.

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