Stage 1 Music

LENGTH OF COURSE: Semester or Full Year

ASSUMED BACKGROUND: Performance skills as an instrumentalist or vocalist in music and a willingness to continue tuition on that instrument. Some understanding of music production (For those students wishing to take the Music Production side of the course.


Course content will be a selection of the following:

Understanding Music:
Develop and extend their music literacy and understanding of the musical elements that underpin the creation of music through the exploration of musical works.

Creating Music:
Explore and develop practical music making skills through performing, arranging or composing works for instruments and or voice. Students create and present music for a range of purposes, including the use digital audio and MIDI recordings.

Responding to Music:
Develop musical understanding and musical skills and techniques through engagement with and interpretation of the works of others. Identify, analyse and discuss musical elements, structural and stylistic features by making connections between theoretical concepts and music performances.


Assessment Type 1: Creative Works (Solo/Ensemble Performances and Arrangements or Compositions of their own). For a 10-credit subject at least two creative works (At least one performance). For a 20-credit subject at least three creative works (At least one performance).

Assessment Type 2: Music Literacy (Analysis and discussions of works. Reflections on the development and refinement of their own work). For 10-credit subject, at least one musical literacy task. For 20-credit subject, at least two musical literacy tasks.

Students are required to undertake continuous assessments including several public performances as solo and ensemble players, theory and aural tests, and assignments as determined by the teacher.