Prerequisite: Students must have multiple years of musical instrument training; students should be proficient in their musical experiences. Any musical instrument is accepted. Both HL and SL students will need instructor approval. It is recommended previous ensemble experience in OHS program.
Requirement: Students must enroll in the SL/HL 1 and SL/HL 2 courses for the full 20 units. Students must take the IB exam at the end of the course.
A vibrant musical education fosters curiosity and openness to both familiar and unfamiliar musical worlds. Through such a study of music we learn to hear relationships of pitch in sound, pattern in rhythm and unfolding sonic structures. Through participating in the study of music we are able to explore the similarities, differences and links in music from within our own culture and that of others across time. Informed and active musical engagement allows us to explore and discover relationships between lived human experience and specific sound combinations and technologies, thus informing us more fully of the world around us, and the nature of humanity.
The music course provides an appropriate foundation for further study in music at university level or in music career pathways. It also provides an enriching and valuable course of study for students who may pursue other careers. This course also provides all students with the opportunity to engage in the world of music as lifelong participants.