IB Music Programme

Struggle with International Baccalaureate Music Programmes? We have the solution for you!

IB is considerably a bridging course that prepares students for future success at the university levels and life.

All IB students are supposed to take courses in six different subject groups. Music is in group 6. There are three additional core elements as the central of the programmes:

  1. Extended essay
  2. Theory of knowledge and Creativity
  3. Action & Service

With the increasing expectation of music education, IB Music Programmes has emerges and becomes worldwide recognized music specialization bench-marking standard set by top universities. The Diploma is open to any student aged from 16 to 19. In Singapore, International Baccalaureate in Music usually offered by International Schools or Professional Institutes.

Music LifeStyle Academy, is a music school which highly experience in coaching students who taking the IB Music Programmes from International Schools namely UWCSEA(Universal World College South East Asia) and SOTA(School of Arts Singapore) over the years.

We have selective professionals who specialize in theoretical and practical skills related to the programmes with the academy’s very own coaching methods. Students who received the coaching will have critical thinking and self-reflection towards music challenges with professional manners.

The course will help the students with necessary knowledge as musicians both personally as well as collaboratively through aspects of performance, composition, critical analysis of music, even exposes the students to forms, styles and functions of a wide range of historical, socio-cultural contexts. This will provide them the opportunity to have a deep understanding in music.

In general, both standard level(SL) and higher level (HL) music students are compulsory to study musical perception. For SL, students only required to choose one of the below three options:

  • Solo performing(SLS)
  • Group performing(SLG)
  • Creating(SLC)

Whereas, HL students are required to have both Creating and Solo Performing.

For the curriculum part, it is consists of  6 subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) as well as extended essay.

The IB uses Internal and External Assessment for the course. This includes:

Internal Assessment

  • artistic performances
  • oral work in languages
  • fieldwork in geography
  • laboratory work in the sciences
  • investigations in mathematics

External Assessment

  • essays
  • structured problems
  • short-response questions
  • data-response questions
  • text-response questions
  • case-study questions
  • multiple-choice questions – though these are rarely used.


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