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Would learning to play an instrument count as creativity hours?

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I've been talking guitar lessons for the past few months and have logged well over 120 hours. Could I count some of these as creativity hours if my instructor were to sign me off??

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Yes, learning an instrument counts as creativity. Check if your school has a limit to how many CAS hours you can get from one activity. Our coordinator changed it so that we can get a maximum of 20 from any activity. Meaning we have to do at least 3 different activities.

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If you do it during the course of the IB years, I'd say yes! I play the treble recorder myself, although not for an instructor. So it should be fine. Though you may want to ask your school - CAS is ruled quite differently at different schools.

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At my school, playing on your own, even with the supervision and assistance of an instructor, does not count as CAS. To get creative hours from playing an instrument you must play in a band (only my school again) and that may only be because of the abundance of school and student-run bands.

Check with your IB Coordinator because as I've seen on this forum, almost every school is different about their approach to the guidelines of CAS.

Edited by Rizzelet

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We can play it solo and count up the hours of practice, but we also have to prove that at some point we benefitted other people - eg playing in quartets, orchestras, concerts or teaching other people.

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It fits the IB criteria of 'undertaking new challenges' and 'developing new skills,' so, I think that should be fine.

EDIT: Unless you're getting a credit for it. (E.g. school guitar class).

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Learning a new instrument is totally ok for CAS! Its actually really encouraged, your learning a new skill and trying something new. Just as long as your not doing it in a subject like music or something, also try not to have yourself as the Supervisor or your parents (that's what we get told), maybe get a proper instructor? Other than that its perfectly alright. ^_^

Edited by Blueskynin

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It totally can be counted as creative, I have many hours from playing in a band for creative myself.

But I play in the schoolband as well.. but I cannot count CAS hours for it, only creative if we compose something ourselves for a production or something.. but the actual practise hours don't count XD

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In my shcool we can only count it as C if we actually perform something, since they say that just practising is not creative

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