Generation Views: Same unit, similar goal, different grade: DP G11 and PYP G5 behind the music


The power of inquiry was tested again as 11th graders were asked to interact with 5th graders regarding the idea that music defines identify and provokes social movements.
While 5th graders were not nearly scared of the presence of 11th graders, they took the opportunity of having them around to show off their skills as critical thinkers.  11th graders, on the other hand, seemed to be pleasantly surprised to see how outspoken 5th graders were. Critical thinkers, both classes shared views on how they approached their units, from developing an understanding of the  extent to which music has an effect on people’s identity, to the historical events that have been documented in music.
The following are some ideas/concepts that appeared in one way or another in the collaboration:
  • Music reflects a specific aspect of a society or time period. Kind of like that quote by Picasso – “Art is a lie that brings us closer to the truth”.
  • Music affects each person differently. how there are different types of genre’s, each unique and relating to a specific group of people.
The following are some multidisciplinary connections that can be made along the TOK line:
  • The control over music affects people. 
  • History: Degenerate Art/Music in Nazi Germany.
  • “There is no such thing as ‘good’ music” (Discuss strengths and weaknesses of this idea)
  • “Music is more censored than other art mediums.” (Discuss strengths and weaknesses of this idea)

About Rafael Angel

Concept-Based Curriculum and Instructor Independent Trainer. Concept-Based Foreign Language Curriculum and Instruction specialist. Teaching and Learning Director; lives for traveling, reading, learning and tasting new flavours; culture and art lover; passionate about cinema and music. IB MYP, DP Workshop Leader. Mexican YouTuber and Soundclouder.
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