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IB Music

Semester 1-2


Instructor Contact Information:  Elizabeth Roth Kotek                      Room # 001

       Phone:  668-1985  Voice mail:  692-0686 



School’s Mission Statement:  The Patrick Henry Community is committed to providing academically challenging programs which teach students to act responsibly, reason effectively, and contribute to a changing society.


Music Department’s Mission Statement: The objective of the music program is to allow every student to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically through the medium of music.  Every student will develop a life-long interest in music and through hard work, discipline and cooperation, we will develop a family of musicians with a devotion to music in the classroom, the school, and the community.


Course Description/Objectives: This class takes an in-depth look at music. The curriculum includes material on music theory, music history, world music, musical composition and  performance. This is a rigorous course that is recommended to students with some background in music.  This course will prepare students to take the IB Standard level or Higher-level music exam and may earn college credit.


IB Group 6 and Music Aims and Objectives:  Through the study of the arts, students become aware of how artists work and communicate.  The aims of all subjects in group 6 are to enable students to:

1.      enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts

2.      become informed, reflective and critical practitioners of the arts

3.      understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts.

4.      explore and value the diversity of the arts across time, place and culture

5.      express ideas with confidence and competence

6.      develop perceptual and analytical skills

7.      develop their knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively


IB Learner Profiles:  “The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.” 

Through the study of music these profiles are modeled and practiced, the ones in bold are used to the greatest extent:  Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, Reflective. 

In addition, there are Fundamental Concepts central to the DP/MYP experience that will be embodied in this class: Communication, Holistic Learning, and Intercultural awareness.


Grading Policy:  Grades are earned through a combination of written and oral evaluations, participation in group discussion, performance on an instrument of choice.  Participation and service in community events, i.e. Pep Band.  Extra credit assignments are available.



Assessment Objectives:  Having followed the music course at SL or HL, students will be expected to demonstrate:

  1. knowledge and understanding and perception of music in relation to time, place and cultures.
  2. appropriate musical terminology to describe and reflect their critical understanding of music.
  3. comparative analysis of music in relation to time, place and cultures (unlike at SL, HL students are also expected to deomonstrate this in response to pieces not previously studied.
  4. creative skills through exploration, control and development of musical elements.
  5. performance skills through solo music making.
  6. critical thinking skills through reflective thought.


Required Texts and Other Supplies

            Instrument of choice and standard repertoire

The Understanding of Music

            Listening to Music

            scores of various composers/other assigned material distributed in class

            manuscript paper

            3 – ring binder and loose leaf paper


            Student Planner/School ID


Class Policies

Attendance – An absence is defined as missing more than 15 minutes of class.  After 3 absences a call will be made home.  Five (5) unexcused absences will result in a full grade deduction.  Seven or more unexcused absences will result in an F for the quarter.

Promptness  Students who are not in class when the bell rings must have a signed pass from teacher or a tardy referral the security staff.  Three tardy referrals result in detention in the form of Saturday school.  Continuing tardiness will be dealt with by the Principal.

Passes – 3 passes are allowed for each quarter.

Behavior - Show Respect

                  - Respect yourself, your class, and those around you.

                  - Respect the music and your performance (don't dis' us in public,

                           keep negatives in the family and try to construct comments as

                           positive criticism).

                        - Respect your environment.  *No eating, drinking or gum


Food/Drink in classroom – Water is the only food or beverage allowed in class.  This policy also excludes gum, candy, seeds and any other consumable product.  Students with food/drink will be required to throw the product away.


Academic Support -   Study Hall or Tutorials are available at the request of the student and/or parents.  I am in my class every morning from 7:15 except most Tuesdays and every afternoon.  Students must be in my classroom for afternoon tutorials by 3:10 PM.


Electronics/Cell Phones – These should not be seen or heard, including earbuds, blue-tooth accessories and head-phones.  If they are seen or heard they will be confiscated and turned over to an administrator.


Major Assignments:  Listening Exams, written history exams, music theory exams, Musical Investigation, solo performances, group performances, compositions.  Timeline Project, World music project.


Calendar of Topics and Assignments:  – Quarter 1


Sept 1 – 4                    Welcome, syllabus, Elements of music, introduce SHMRG, first composition


Sept 8 – 11                  Overview of major style periods, begin Timeline project


Sept 14 – 18                Major/minor scales, chords


Sept 21 – 25                Harmonic progressions, chord voicings; root, first inversion, second inversion


Sept 28 – Oct 1           Middle Ages; chant and cantus firmus, Mass, ordinary and proper


Oct 5 – 9                     Secular songs and forms, modes, counterpoint, imitative, antiphony


Oct 12 – 14                 Renaissance: Polyphonic mass, motet, madrigal.


Oct 19 – 23                 Voice leading and vocal arranging, World Music Projects assigned.


Oct 26 – 30                 Research World Music Project, review the Middle Ages and the Renaissance


Nov 2 – 5                    Final written test.  Peer and self-assessment of music and performances 1st quarter.


Each quarter’s course calendar will be distributed at the beginning of the quarter.

  Advanced_Student_Recital.wpl   --  Music performed on the Advanced Student Recital April 29, 2008

  WS310119.WMA   --  Composition

  WS310123.WMA   --  Composition

  WS310125.WMA   --  Composition

  WS310126.WMA   --  Composition

  WS310128.WMA   --  Composition

  WS310133.WMA   --  Composition

  WS310134.WMA   --  Composition

  WS310135.WMA   --  Composition

  WS310136.WMA   --  Composition

  WS310137.WMA   --  Composition

  WS310138.WMA   --  Composition

  WS310140.WMA   --  Composition

  WS310141.WMA   --  Composition

  WS310142.WMA   --  Composition

RPC - Collaboration
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Research Project Calculator

A tool based on the Assignment Calculator used by the University of Minnesota.  You must use this for your musical investigation, and use this for any important research papers.