Aims and Objectives

In Grades 6 through 8, we have three MYP Music classes; one which has a focus on Japanese Music; and two other classes that use a range of instruments including voice, keyboards, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. All MYP Music students will be exposed to a wide range of musical experiences that focus on the development of skills, understandings, appreciation and communication. Music history, theory and composition will be taught contextually through units of study. Students in Japanese MYP Music will experience the curriculum primarily through the koto as well as other Japanese instruments.

We will be offering several ensembles and choir in which students can refine their skills and knowledge in a group setting alongside the curriculum. Students will also have the choice to study an instrument outside of regular music classes through a pull-out lesson scheme. Lessons will be scheduled during the regular school day. Students will be excused from classes on a rotating basis so as not to interfere with any single subject.

  • All students will follow the IB Middle Years Programme

Students will study a variety of unique musical cultures, genres and styles

  • Students have the opportunity to choose an instrument for group instruction and performance ensemble activities.
  • Instrumental ensembles will be offered with opportunities to perform for school audiences.
  • Instruments will be incorporated into the curriculum with students using their chosen instruments for assignments and assessment tasks when appropriate. If a student does not have a chosen instrument, they can use the keyboards.


The MYP Music Programme, assesses students work using the following criteria:

A: Knowing and Understanding

Through the study of music and musicians, students discover the structure and theory of music and are able to analyse and communicate using music terminology. Students use their knowledge and understanding of music in a global context to inform their own compositions and artistic perspectives.

B: Developing Skills

Developing skills provides the opportunity for students to become musicians. Playing an instrument and composing music allows students to see themselves as artists presenting in the art form. Skills are evident in both process and product.

C: Thinking Creatively

Thinking creatively encourages students to explore the unfamiliar and experiment in innovative ways to develop their artistic intentions, their processes and their work. Thinking creatively enables students to discover their personal signature and realize their artistic identity.

D: Responding

Students have the opportunity to respond to their world, to their own art and to the art of others. A response can come in many forms as students make connections and transfer their learning to new settings. Students develop awareness of their own artistic development and the role of music in their lives and in the world.

Course Descriptions

Grade 6

Grade 6

Unit 1: “Performance” - Students will have the opportunity to listen to, and experiment with, a variety of instruments before choosing one that they would like to learn. They will learn the responsibility needed to become proficient on a new instrument through structured practice and ensemble performance.

Unit 2: “Rhythm” - Students will use percussion to focus on rhythm and note values. Other areas of investigation will include creating musical patterns and the use of form. They will explore how to extend that knowledge to their chosen instrument by creating a rhythmic variation.

Unit 3: “Pitch” - Students will investigate pitch, intervals and how music moves linearly. Through the major, minor and pentatonic scales they will examine tonality and music from multiple cultures. Learning roles as musicians within an ensemble and apl performance for with a performance. will be

Grade 7

Grade 7

Unit 1: “Melody” - Students will examine melody and investigate its elements. Students will determine how aspects such as melodic contour and basic dynamics help convey the artist’s message. Student’s will also perform a melody using expression on an instrument.

Unit 2: “the Blues” - Students, through the topic of the blues as an oral/aural tradition, will learn the beginnings of harmony, form and improvisation as it pertains to Western popular music. They will also perform and create original music using their new skills.

Unit 3: “Asian Music” - Students will focus on form and composition through the medium of Chinese/Japanese music. Through aural analysis and deconstruction students will delve into minor tonality and perform a variety of new scale structures typically used in Asian music.

Grade 8

Grade 8

Unit 1: “Harmony of the Modern” - Students will dig deeper into the concepts of harmony, form and composition by writing their very own song based on modern harmony of rock and pop music.

Unit 2: “Soundtrack” - Students will be studying how the musical elements of expression affect the mood of the composition through creating a soundtrack for a short film.

Unit3: “Mashup” - Students will explore how the interweaving voices and complexity in form, can be combined to develop a composition. They will also investigate how composers often learn and borrow ideas from other artists. They will then create an original piece in the form of a “mash-up”.