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Middle Years Program

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC YEAR 1


International Baccalaureate
Course Aims
The aims of the teaching and study of Instrumental Music are to encourage and enable the student to:

present music such as practice, rehearsal, performance, direction, composition and arranging

utilize elements that influence music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, pitch, timbre, instrumentation,
form, structure, genre, and style

develop active listening and participation skills

reflect on their own experiences

support, encourage, and work with their peers in a positive and productive way

Objectives and Assessment

MYP Essentials

(source: IBMYP subject guidebook Language A and Language A teacher support materials and interim objectives)

The objectives and aims of Instrumental Music are to encourage and enable students to:

create and present art

develop skills specific to instrumental music

engage in a process of creative exploration and (self)-discovery

make purposeful connections between investigation and practice

understand the relationship between art and its contexts

respond to and reflect on art

deepen their understanding of the world

A: Knowledge and Understanding


This objective refers to the students ability to demonstrate:
Awareness of the art form studied, including the use of
appropriate language
Awareness of the relationship between the art for and its
context
Awareness of the links between the knowledge acquired and
artwork created

Criterion A
Criterion B
Criterion C
Criterion D

Knowing and
Understanding
Developing
Skills
Thinking
Creatively
Responding

B: Developing Skills
This criterion covers the students ability to demonstrate:

The acquisition and development of the skills and techniques of the art form studied

The application of skills and techniques to create, perform, and/or present art

C: Thinking Creatively
This criterion refers to the students to identify:
An artistic intention
Alternatives and perspectives
The exploration of ideas

D: Responding
This criterion refers to the students ability to:
Identify connections between art forms, art and context, or art and prior learning
Recognize that the world contains inspiration or influence for art
Evaluate certain elements or principles of artwork

Max. 8 pts
Max. 8 pts
Max. 8 pts.
Max. 8 pts

UNITS
Unit 1: Performance Professionalism in Practice

Time Allotment 9 weeks


Statement of Inquiry - The process of artistic creation can lead to self-discovery
Global Context Identities and Relationships
Key/Related Concepts Communication, Identity (Role)
Unit Questions How can demonstrating professionalism empower me to become a successful musician?
Summative Assessment Students will learn music theory concepts and ideas as they pertain to instrumental
music performance (individually, in small groups, and as members of the full ensemble performances)
Criterion & Objectives Assessed in this unit
Criterion B (Developing Skills)
Students should be able to demonstrate the acquisition and development of skills and
techniques of the art form studies and the application of skills and techniques to create,
perform, and /or present art
Interdisciplinary Connections Math, Science, Music as a language

Unit 2: Public Performance

Time Allotment 9 weeks


Statement of Inquiry - Symbols and conventions used to convey meaning to audiences are influenced by time
and space
Global Context Orientation in time and space
Key/Related Concepts Presentation, Interpretation
Unit Questions Performance What does it take?
Summative Assessment - Students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding by performing on
instruments using specific performance/concert pieces of music (First Concert)
Criterion & Objectives Assessed in this unit
Criterion A (Knowledge and Understanding)
Students should be able to demonstrate awareness of the art form studied, including use
of appropriate language, demonstrate awareness of the relationship between the art form
and its context, and demonstrate awareness of the links between the knowledge acquired
and artwork created
Interdisciplinary Connections Music in language

Unit 3: Contest Composition

Time Allotment 6 weeks


Statement of Inquiry - Developments in technology can manipulate artists identity
Global Context Scientific and Technical Innovation
Key/Related Concepts Change, Identity
Unit Questions How can technology be used to create new music using the ways of the old masters?
Summative Assessment - Students will demonstrate their knowledge by creating a composition using the
formulas from five music masters by using technology to compose new music. This music will then be
performed publically.
Criterion & Objectives Assessed in this unit
Criterion C: Thinking Creatively
Students should be able to demonstrate identify an artists intention, identify alternatives
and perspectives, and demonstrate the exploration of ideas
Interdisciplinary Connections Music and Technology, Humanities

Unit 4: Music Advocacy

Time Allotment 3 weeks


Statement of Inquiry - Social media has the potential for global influence and can be a vehicle for change
Global Context globalization and sustainability
Key/Related Concepts Aesthetics
Unit Questions Why is music education important?

Summative Assessment - Students will demonstrate their knowledge by creating a concept to promote music
education/advocacy in the school, in their community, and in their state
Criterion & Objectives Assessed in this unit
Criterion D: Responding
Students should be able to recognize the world contains inspiration or influence for art,
create an artistic response inspired by the world around them, and evaluate certain
elements or principles of artwork
Interdisciplinary Connections Music Advocacy through all subject areas

General Grade Descriptors for All IB Subject Areas

All MYP subjects will give final grades in the range from 1 to 7. The general IB
grade descriptors (below) indicate achievement required for the award of each
final grade. These descriptors are used when determining grade boundaries in
each of the subjects.

Grade

MYP Final
Grade

Descriptors

Below 50%

The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors
below.

50-54%

1
55-59%

2
60-69%

3
70-74%

4
75-79%

5
80-89%

Demonstrates very limited awareness and understanding of the art form


studied, very limited ability to develop and apply skills and techniques,
very limited ability to identify artistic intention and exploration of ideas,
and very limited ability to identify connections between art and context,
and the relationship that the art form studied has with global interactions
Demonstrates limited awareness and understanding of the art form
studied, limited ability to develop and apply skills and techniques,
limited ability to identify artistic intention and exploration of ideas, and
limited ability to identify connections between art and context, and the
relationship that the art form studied has with global interactions
Demonstrates somewhat adequate awareness and understanding of the
art form studied, somewhat adequate ability to develop and apply skills
and techniques, adequate ability to identify artistic intention and
exploration of ideas, and somewhat adequate ability to identify
connections between art and context, and the relationship that the art
form studied has with global interactions
Demonstrates adequate awareness and understanding of the art form
studied, adequate ability to develop and apply skills and techniques,
adequate ability to identify artistic intention and exploration of ideas,
and adequate ability to identify connections between art and context, and
the relationship that the art form studied has with global interactions
Demonstrates somewhat substantial awareness and understanding of the
art form studied, somewhat substantial ability to develop and apply
skills and techniques, somewhat substantial ability to identify artistic
intention and exploration of ideas, and somewhat substantial ability to
identify connections between art and context, and the relationship that the
art form studied has with global interactions
Demonstrates substantial awareness and understanding of the art form
studied, substantial ability to develop and apply skills and techniques,
substantial ability to identify artistic intention and exploration of ideas,
and substantial ability to identify connections between art and context,
and the relationship that the art form studied has with global interactions

Demonstrates excellent awareness and understanding of the art form


studied, excellent ability to develop and apply skills and techniques,
excellent ability to identify artistic intention and exploration of ideas, and
excellent ability to identify connections between art and context, and the
relationship that the art form studied has with global interactions

Demonstrates exceptional awareness and understanding of the art form


studied, exceptional ability to develop and apply skills and techniques,
exceptional ability to identify artistic intention and exploration of ideas,
and exceptional ability to identify connections between art and context,
and the relationship that the art form studied has with global interactions

90-95%

96-100%