Music has an academic side as well as a performance aspect. The classic academies of Plato, Pythagoras, and Aristotle deemed studying music an essential facet of an education. Within the mission of the International Baccalaureate Program, music functions as a means of personal and communal identity and expression, and embodies the social and cultural values of individuals and communities. This scenario invites exciting exploration and sensitive study. At Lausanne, an option for the Group 6 component of the International Baccalaureate Diploma is Music. This two-year course is offered at both the Standard and High Levels. It focuses on analysis, composition, and understanding of history on the art. There is a both a solo or group performance element to the course. Our pre-IB opportunity in the Upper School is Music Tech. With the latest tools in music technology, students who do not participate in band or chorus find ways to tap into their creative potential. This wholistic approach enables the curious student to explore and discover relationships between living experience and specific sound combinations and processes, thus giving the Lausanne community a fuller portrait of the world around us that affirms the nature of humanity.
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