This is a two-year higher level (HL) Group VI course for student in the International Baccalaureate program. Membership in a performing musical ensemble (band, chorus, orchestra) is a prerequisite.

Instructor Information

Instructor:Mr. Brown
Office Phone:(407) 482-8709

Required Materials

  • writing utensil: pen, pencil, quill, clay tablet and reed, etc.
  • looseleaf notebook paper
  • journal for notes (recommended)
  • staff paper (recommended)

  • Grading

    Juniors will be graded on worksheets, assignments, and quizzes on a simple point-based scale.

    Seniors will be graded on their progress toward Internal and External Assessments. Your final marks toward your IB diploma break down as follows:
    Music Links Investigation:20%
    Arrangement, Composition No. 1, Composition No. 2:25%
    Solo Recordings:25%

    Theory of Knowledge

  • What constitutes the difference between music and non-musical sound?
  • How does the role of music change across time and place?
  • What is the role of reason in music?
  • What is the role of emotion in music?
  • What is beauty?
  • How do transcendentals like beauty, goodness, and truth manifest in music?
  • What constitutes art in general?
  • To what extent can the music of one culture be understood by members of another culture?
  • Do artists create culture, or does culture create artists?
  • Is art determined by the artist, the audience, the culture, or something else?

  • Music in Antiquity

  • Prehistory
  • Archaeology (China, India, Persia)
  • Greece: Pythagoras and the harmonic series
  • Rome: understanding Western Civilization
  • The Medieval Period

  • Historical overview: myths about the "Middle Ages"
  • Genre: Gregorian Chant
  • Theory: monophony, scales and modes
  • Genre: Ars Antiqua
  • Composers: Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume du Fay, Manuel Chrysaphes
  • Genre: Notre Dame School
  • Composers: Léonin, Pérotin
  • Theory: generic intervals, meter
  • The Renaissance

  • Historical overview: Fall of Constantinople, Italian Renaissance, Age of Discovery, the Protestant Reformation and Thirty Years' War
  • Genres: polyphony (masses, motets, madrigals)
  • Theory: harmonic intervals, triads
  • Composers: Palestrina, Victoria, Des Prez, Tallis, Susato
  • Renaissance instruments
  • The Baroque Period

  • Historical overview: the age of absolute monarchy
  • Genres: opera (aria, recitative, chorus, overture, entr'act, intermezzo), chorale, oratorio, cantata
  • Composers: Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell
  • Theory: minor scales (natural, harmonic, melodic)
  • Theory: homophony, functional harmonic progression, Roman numeral analysis
  • Genres: concerto
  • Composer: George Frederick Händel, Antonio Vivaldi
  • Theory: secondary dominants, sequences
  • Genre: fugue, dance suite
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Baroque instruments
  • The Classical Period

  • Historical overview: The "Enlightenment," the American and French Revolutions
  • Genre: sonata, symphony
  • Theory: Alberti bass, triadic inversions
  • Composers: Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • The Romantic Period

  • Historical overview: the industrial revolution, nationalism
  • Genres: Lied, nocturne, fantasia
  • Composers: Franz Schubert, Frederick Chopin, Franz Liszt
  • Genre: symphonic poem
  • Composers: Hector Berlioz, Richard Strauss, Paul Dukas
  • Genre: Absolute Music vs. Program Music and Gesamtkunstwerk
  • Composers: Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner
  • Genre: Nationalism
  • Composers: The Mighty Five, John Philip Sousa, Giuseppe Verdi, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Gilbert and Sullivan, Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky, Gustav Mahler
  • Genre: Impressionism
  • Composers: Camille Saint-Saëns, Claude Debussy
  • The Twentieth Century

  • Historical overview: communism, socialism, fascism, the World Wars, the Cold War
  • Genre: expressionism, serialism
  • Theory: dissonance
  • Composers: Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg, Krystof Penderecki
  • Genre: minimalism
  • Composers: John Adams, Arvo Pärt
  • Genre: TOK
  • Composers: John Cage
  • Genre: popular music
  • Composers: Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein
  • Popular Music

  • Historical overview: multiculturalism and pluralism in the United States
  • Genre: Spirituals
  • Genre: Ragtime
  • Composer: Scott Joplin
  • Genre: the Blues
  • Musicians: Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith
  • Genre: Swing
  • Musicians: Louis Armstrong, Oliver King
  • Genre: Big Band
  • Musicians: Fletcher Henderson, Paul Whiteman, Duke Ellington, Louis Prima, Ella Fitzgerald, Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey
  • Theory: Upper extension chords and jazz notation, tritone substitution
  • Genre: Bebop
  • Musicians: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker
  • Theory: improvisation basics
  • Genre: Cool Jazz
  • Musicians: Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane
  • Genre: Fusion
  • Musicians: Maynard Ferguson, Pat Metheney
  • Genre: Latin Jazz
  • Musicians: Airto Moreira, Arturo Sandoval
  • World Music

  • Celtic
  • Latin American
  • African
  • Middle Eastern
  • Indian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Polynesian