Workshop Calendar

workshopsBelow is the workshop calendar. We generally run our workshops three times a year – in February, May and October, so you may need to browse to these months to find the relevant workshop. There is information on the workshops below, but you will need to go to the Oxford Study Courses (OSC) website to register for the workshops.

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IB Music Prescribed Works: Bach and Kodaly
Oct 10 @ 8:00 am – Oct 30 @ 10:00 am

IB Music Prescribed Works: analysing, comparing, and contrasting Bach and Kodaly

Please note that this is an online workshop.Registration for the IB Music Prescribed Works: analysing, comparing, and contrasting Bach and Kodaly workshop is open to both new and experienced teachers of Music in authorized or candidate schools. The time commitment required is around 4 – 6 hours per week and two modules are released in each week, giving the total workshop time of three weeks.

Module 1 – Introduction

This section will cover:

  • Getting to know your peers
  • Familiarising yourself with the workshop site
  • Aims and objectives of the workshop
  • Review of the Listening Paper
  • Why the Prescribed Works?

Module 2 – Context: Composers and Compositions

This module will allow participants to gain contextual information indispensable to a good understanding of the prescribed works. Included in this module:

  • The composers and their context
  • The styles of these pieces
  • Influences
  • The criticism

Module 3 – Analysis I: The compositions

With the contextual information acquired in the previous module, participants will develop a guided analysis of the pieces. This analysis will include areas such as harmony, melody, rhythm, orchestration, instrumentation, structure, form, etc. At the end of this module teachers will be able to describe, locate and explain the principal characteristics of these pieces.

Module 4 – Analysis II: Comparing and Contrasting

The analysis made in the previous module will allow participant to find similarities and differences between the two prescribed works. In this section, and through collective analysis and diverse activities, teachers will determine existing links between the pieces.

Module 5 – Teaching I: Introducing the works to the students

This module will provide teachers with practical ideas and exercises to explain and to develop understanding of the pieces among their students. Participants will also collaborate and exchange teaching ideas appropriate to their different school and class situations. At the end of this module teachers will acquire an adequate amount of tools to begin teaching the two IB prescribed works.

Module 6 – Teaching II: Preparing the students for the exam

In this section we will explore ideas to prepare students to answer questions about the IB prescribed works. Through the examination of high-level and low-level answers, participants will gain awareness of the IB standards and expectations for this section of the exam. In addition, in this module we will suggest exercises to develop critical thinking in relation to music, a key element to successfully answer the new question 3 of the test.


Triple A Learning also publishes BACCpacks for the Bach and Kodaly Prescribed works. The workshop does not include these BACCpacks which are designed for student use. However, the workshop will go through the analysis in the BACCpack and will have a range of discussion and other activities for teachers to support the analysis of the prescribed works. The BACCpacks are available for purchase directly from the Oxford Study Courses (OSC) website:

Musical Links Investigation
Oct 10 @ 8:00 am – Oct 31 @ 10:00 am

The MLI workshop covers every aspect of the MLI: understanding the IB definition of culture, an extensive list of world music resources, understanding and choosing musical links, media format ideas, presentation ideas, timelines and examples of student worksheets. A comprehensive study of possible pieces will be included as well as corresponding analysis sheets which can be used for the MLI and the listening paper.

Module One – Musical Cultures and World Music Resources

  1. Musical Culture – The IB Definition
  2. Questions to Ask When Choosing Culture
  3. Guidelines for Choosing Pieces
  4. World Music Resources

Outcome of module 1

At the end of this module teachers will be able to distinguish between appropriate musical cultures and assist students with selecting music of distinct musical cultures as a basis for the writing of the musical links investigation.   This module also includes a detailed reference of world music resources to assist teachers in locating suitable world music pieces.

Module Two – The Musical Link

  1. What is a Musical Link?
  2. What is not a Musical Link?
    1. Unsuitable Musical Links
    2. Assessing the Link
      1. Musical Link Identification
      2. Venn Diagram (RESOURCE SECTION)
      3. Musical Links Summary Sheet

Outcome of module 2

At the end of this module teachers will be able to define appropriate musical links, distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate musical links, and devise a process to identify musical links.

Module Three – Analysis and Comparison of Musical Elements

  1. Why Analyze?
  2. IB Definition of Musical Analysis
  3. Analysis
    1. Identify Musical Links
    2. Discuss Interrelationships
    3. Cite Musical Examples
    4. Analysis Charts
      1. ME ME HA ME FA STY CO
      2. Venn Diagram
      3. IBDP Microanalysis Guide
      4. ME ME HA ME FA STY CO Narrative Format
      5. Style Analysis Chart
      6. Analysis Practice

Outcome of module 3

At the end of this module teachers will be able to define the tasks and use a variety of methodologies and templates required to complete a detailed analysis.

Module Four – The Research Process: Citing Sources, Outlines, Plagiarism

  1. Role of the Teacher and Assessment
  2. The Research Process
    1. Contextual Information
    2. Locate primary and secondary sources
    3. Creating the Preliminary Bibliography
    4. Formatting the Bibliography and Discography
    5. Drafting an Outline
    6. Plagiarism

Outcome of module 4

At the end of this module teachers will understand the role of the teacher and the research process required for the MLI.   Teachers will locate sources, create outlines, format bibliographies and discographies and draft outlines. There will also be a unit on plagiarism which can be used with students.

Module Five – Media Script Format and Presentation Tools

  1. Media Script Format Options
  2. Presentation Tools
    1. Musical Notation
    2. Charts, Diagrams, and Picture
    3. CD
    4. Word Count

Outcome of module 5

At the end of this module teachers will have explored and discussed the strengths of different format options. Presentation tools are discussed and numerous examples given for musical notation, charts, diagrams and pictures. Teachers are given ideas on how to record the optional CD and an overview on the required word length.

Module Six – Teaching the MLI: Timeline, Worksheets, Checklists and Assessment

  1. Tasks and Timelines for the MLI
    1. When to Begin
    2. Student Guides/Worksheets
      1. Student Guide – Selecting Pieces
      2. Writing the Analysis
      3. Musical Analysis Links and Differences
      4. Drafting your own student guide
      5. Creating a Personalized MLI Checklist
      6. Assessment

Outcome of module 6

At the end of this module teachers will devise personalized worksheets to assist their students with the development of the MLI and draft a timeline which best suits the needs of the students in their programs. Teachers will assess sample MLI’s and discuss assessment.