Diploma Programme Roles

The Diploma Music programme fosters life-long learning through holistic learning. Rather than being simply excellent instrumentalists, students are asked to become well-rounded musicians. They must talk about music, research about music, composer music, and perform music. 

DP Process Journals must be organised around three distinct roles - Research (research/critic), creator, and performer.

Students’ roles as researchers come from what the DP programme calls, “Extra Musical Findings.”  Here, the students are looking at the societal, cultural, and historical contexts in which their chosen music lie.  Essentially, the students research when the music was performed (history), who was performing it (society), and what was being performed and why (culture.) Of course, academic honesty is paramount, and so students must include appropriate in-text citations and accompanying reference lists and/or bibliographies. 

Students who are music critics are analyzing music from both live and recorded performances and from score analyses. This is what the DP Programme calls, “Musical Findings.”  Students can use helpful scaffolds like Dr. Smith: Dynamis, Rhythm, Structure, Melody, Instrumentation, Texture, and Harmony. When discussing their findings, they must correctly use music vocabulary and provide specific time stamps (for aural analyses) or measure numbers (for score analyses) to provide evidence. 

Student performers have four stimuli from which their music springs. The first is an exploration, in which students look at diverse music and then arrange music that they have studied.  The second is experimentation, in which they perform music that springs from a personal inquiry.  The third is more music for music sake – they put together their own repertoire list of various performances. Lastly, HL students collaborate on a performance. 

Like student performers, the students who compose have their work spring from the same four stimuli. Their explorations, experimentations, personal repertoire, and collaborations give them opportunities to arrange, improvise, and compose diverse music.