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Music: Subject Specific Guidance
An extended essay (EE) in music gives students an opportunity to undertake in-depth research into a topic in music of genuine interest to them.
Music—as a form of expression in diverse contexts, with intent, purpose and meaning—should be at the heart of the essay. It must focus on particular pieces of music, experienced by the student through:
score study or
performances and concerts.
The student is required to embark on a systematic, disciplined and imaginative investigation of musical works. The basis of that investigation, for the purpose of the EE, is musical analysis.
The outcome of the investigation should be a structured and coherent piece of writing in the form of an academic research paper. It requires:
an analytical research approach, based on both primary and secondary sources
formal language, including the use of appropriate subject terminology
Students also need to display:
knowledge and understanding of their chosen musical context and genre
critical thinking in relation to their topic through reasoned arguments, discussion, interpretation and evaluation.
Students do not have to be enrolled in the Diploma Programme music course to write an EE in music. However, they must be familiar with the different aspects and requirements of the course.
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