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Who are the workshops for?

Registration for the IB Music Prescribed Works: analysing, comparing, and contrasting Haydn and Rachmaninoff workshop is open to both new and experienced teachers of IB Music in authorized or candidate schools.

Structure of the workshop programme

The workshop is split into 6 modules spread over four weeks. The modules are released sequentially and the time commitment required is around 4–6 hours per week.

Week 1: 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?

Week 1: 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

Week 2: Module 3 – Analysis I: Haydn Symphony No. 94 in G Major “Surprise”

With the contextual information acquired in the previous module, participants will develop a guided analysis of the Haydn piece. 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.

Week 2/3: Module 4 – Analysis I: Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini

With the contextual information acquired in the previous module, participants will develop a guided analysis of the Haydn piece. 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.

Week 3: Module 5 – Analysis II: Comparing and Contrasting Haydn Symphony No. 94 in G Major “Surprise” and Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini Op. 43

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.

Week 4: 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.

Week 4: 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.

How to register

The next workshops are yet to be confirmed. More information will be released in due course. The cost is £390 including VAT.

Use the contact buttons on the right of this page, or email the OSC team, to provide your details and start the registration process. OSC will issue an invoice by email with options to pay over the phone by debit or credit card, or by bank payment.

Your information will then be passed to the workshop provider who will complete the registration with joining instructions.

Triple A Learning also publishes BACCpacks for the Haydn and Rachmaninoff 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) Schools team.