Aims and Objectives

As the culmination to the MYP music program, grade 9 and 10 students build on and enhance their general music skills, performance technique, composition skills, understanding of world music cultures, music theory, and overall musicianship. This broad based grade 9 and 10 music curriculum is designed to prepare students for more intensive study should they choose to continue their studies with IBDP Music in Grade 11 and 12.

The aims of the teaching and study of MYP music are for students to:

  • understand how music plays a role in developing and expressing personal and cultural identities
  • appreciate how musicians innovate and communicate across time and culture
  • become informed and reflective practitioners of music
  • experience the process of creating music in a variety of situations
  • explore, express and communicate ideas
  • become more effective learners, inquirers and thinkers
  • develop self-confidence and self-awareness through art experiences
  • appreciate lifelong learning in and enjoyment of music

Grade 9 (MYP)

UNIT 1 - Modern Harmony and Composition

Students will be completing listening and dictation assessments in class. They will also be furthering their harmonic analysis of modern music. Students are required to keep a practice journal to focus their practice on their chosen instrument. This will consist of:

  • A physical warm-up on their instrument
  • A mental warm-up connecting their minds to their instrument
  • Working through etudes or a method book
  • Focusing on specific aspects of the repertoire that they are learning

The summative assessment will be a composition using techniques made popular by standard jazz pieces and broadway show tunes.

UNIT 2 - Form in Western Art music

Students investigate how the Baroque and the Classical era dealt with form. The will start with a top down analysis of sonata form as well as many other commonly used forms from these two important musical time periods in western art music. They will in small groups be analysing a piece of their choice to add to a wikipedia style online database called TheoryTab.

UNIT 3 - The Afro-Cuban Connection

Students will be exploring the rich history and rhythms of the music of West Africa and the Caribbean. This will culminate in the students creating a podcast comparing two pieces of their choice in Garageband. They will have to compare and contrast the way the two pieces deal with the aural tradition and the polyrhythms that define the compositions.

UNIT 4 - Impressionist and Romantic Musical Sculpting

We will as a class learn about the many techniques that composers used and still use to express emotion in the music they create. We will learn about tone poems and song cycles of the early 20th century. We will venture into how this is used in soundscapes in more modern compositions for programmatic works. The summative assessment will be an arrangement that we make as a class of a romantic era piece that we will play as an ensemble

Grade 10 (MYP)

All grade 10 courses are 1 credit.

UNIT 1 - The Soul of Motown: Arrangement

Students will learn the music arrangement process from beginning to end harmonically and melodically through the genre of Motown. They will then perform their written arrangements with the available musicians in class. They will learn about the roles that are needed to perform in a group. Throughout they will be completing a practice journal and listening exercises to expand their aural awareness in preparation for the diploma programs music classes.

UNIT 2 - The Deconstruction of Soundtracks

We will be learning what elements are the building blocks for soundtracks in a modern context. We will explore what techniques the most famous composers of our generation's use let the audience know how to feel. We will explore how tonality, rhythm, instrumentation as well as range of other aspects tug on our heart strings and add to the overall experience.

Unit 3 - Polyphony Throughout Ages

The musicians will learn what we need to do to weave more than one melody together at the same time. We will explore key changes and time signatures and melodic-harmonic relationships of more than one song to create medleys. We will learn the rules of multivoice writing that was perfected in the Baroque era and see how we can apply this to modern music.

Unit 4 - Protest in Reggae

We will learn the composition and arranging techniques that make you want to dance in two different but related genres of music. We will look at the bidirectional influence they had on each other. We will look a the production methods and the quintessential sounds of a generation that has influenced countless artist and hopefully many more to come