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Music

All students should have the opportunity to develop their musical abilities and potential. As an art form, music pervades society and occupies a significant place in world cultures and in the oral and recorded history of all civilisations. Music plays important roles in the social, cultural, aesthetic and spiritual lives of people. At an individual level, music is a medium of personal expression. It enables the sharing of ideas, feelings and experiences. The nature of musical study also allows students to develop their capacity to manage their own learning, engage in problem-solving, work collaboratively and engage in activity that reflects the real world practice of performers, composers and audiences.

A class ensemble public performance will form an integral part of the assessment for each course.
Whether or not students continue to the Senior Years, their Music studies will broaden career options, provide an invaluable means of self expression and enrich their leisure time for years to come

Stage 4 - Years 7 and 8

Students will develop knowledge, appreciation, understanding and skills in the concepts of music through performing, composing and listening. Much of the first part of the music course lays the foundation for the development of musical skills. Students will complete activities learning about pitch, duration, structure and dynamics and expressive techniques.

Students are learning an orchestral instrument; they will complete sectional lessons and play as part of a large ensemble. The concepts of music that is learnt in class is incorporated into the performance lessons, allowing students to experience the concepts in a range of activities. Tasks include both individual and group tasks of rhythmic and pitch compositions, ongoing practise of rhythm and pitch dictation, a variety of performances on tuned and untuned instruments and extending aural awareness through listening activities.  

Year 8 Elective - Music Extension

Would you like to develop your skills on piano and guitar whilst also learning a little bit of bass and drums? The year 8 Music Elective is a practical based course designed to develop musical skills and understanding with the benefit of preparing students to undertake further elective music courses in Years 9 and 10.

In this course, students will work individually and together to learn basic performance skills and techniques on keyboard, guitar, bass and drums, with all students having the opportunity to learn each of the instruments listed. Fundamental theory concepts covered include chords, major and minor scales, and key signatures. Students will undertake individual performances on instruments studied, as well as group tasks featuring the instruments learned in the course. There will be opportunities for students to incorporate vocals and other instruments into group performances.

Students who elect to take this course will need to be enthusiastic participants who are willing to try new instruments and techniques. Students will need to be motivated to practice regularly to develop their technical and performance skills.

Stage 5 - Years 9 and 10 - Electives

To have "Music" elective recorded with a grade on your Stage 5 Record of School Achievement
100 hour accreditation: any 2 elective Music courses.
200 hour accreditation: any 4 elective Music courses.

Music for Voice

Do you love to sing? Are you a musician who realises the importance of being able to articulate your ideas vocally? Music for Voice has been developed to cater for students with an interest in Vocal music. Students will work together and individually to perform chorus and ensemble numbers, small group items and solo songs from a range of vocal music repertoire. The course will primarily explore pieces from the realm of Music Theatre - from Opera to Contemporary Musicals; from the classics to modern works. Students will perform pieces in large ensembles, small ensembles and as individuals. All students will be actively involved in singing, including part-singing in harmony. The students will also gain experience in composing vocal melodies and re-arranging music where necessary, as well as developing their aural skills and overall musical understanding.

Instrumental Music

There is much interesting music in the world around us. Much of it lies beyond the realm of pop and rock and the music that we hear every day as a backdrop to our lives. Instrumental Skills has been designed to develop students’ performance abilities and musical understanding whilst exploring a variety of music from different cultures and a stylistic understanding of Jazz. Students will study music from a number of different cultures from around the world through performing, composing and listening. The focus will be on further development of technical skills with the incorporation of cultural techniques studied. The jazz topic will look at features of different forms of jazz and develop students’ improvisation skills. Students must be willing to experiment with different forms of improvisation to develop their abilities and be prepared to work individually and in groups. Students will need to be able to play an instrument to participate effectively in this course.

Creating and Composing

Is there a composer in you? Do you enjoy creating your own pieces and exploring the ways that music is put together? Creating and Composing Music allows students to develop their skills in composition in an exploratory course which allows much student choice with regards to composition. The course will cover the following syllabus topic areas: Baroque Music; Music for Radio, Film, Television and Multimedia. Students will study a wide range of compositional technique and create their own compositions, drawing on the skills and techniques taught in the course. Whilst this course has a primary focus on composition, students will be required to perform as soloists and in group collaborations. Students who elect to do this course will need to be enthusiastic participants and willing to experiment with a variety of compositional techniques. They will also need to have a good understanding of the musical concepts presented in the mandatory music course in order to further develop their skills.

Performance Skills

Developing confidence as a performer, collaborating and working with others are skills essential to all musicians. This course aims to develop students’ musical and theoretical understanding whilst developing knowledge of repertoire and styles through performance. In addition to observing and developing performance techniques, students will be required to compose in the styles studied and develop the ability to discuss the concepts of music through listening and aural identification. It further develop the students’ understanding of pitch, duration, texture, tone colour, dynamics and expressive techniques and structure. As this is a performance course, students will need to be able to play an instrument or sing to participate effectively in this course.

Nesa link: https://www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/k-10/learning-areas/creative-arts/music-7-10

Stage 6 - Years 11 and 12

Music 1

Music 1 builds on the Years 7-10 Mandatory course. It caters for students who have diverse musical backgrounds and musical interests, including those with an interest in popular music. It therefore attracts students with a formal musical background as well as those with only informal experience.

In the Preliminary and HSC courses, students will study: the concepts of music through the learning experiences of performance, composition, musicology and aural within the context of a range of styles, periods and genres.

Topics covered in Preliminary and HSC courses: Students study at least three topics in each year of the course. Topics are chosen from a list of 21, which cover a range of styles, periods and genres. For Further detail can be obtained from the syllabus document.

In addition to core studies in performance, composition, musicology and aural, students select three electives from any combination of performance, composition and musicology. These electives must represent each of the three topics studied in the course.

Students selecting Composition and Musicology electives will be required to compile a portfolio of work as part of the process of preparing a submitted work. The portfolio may be requested by the NESA to validate authorship of the submitted work.

Nesa syllabus link: https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/stage-6-learning-areas/stage-6-creative-arts/music-1-syllabus

Music 2

Music 2 builds on the Years 7-10 Mandatory and Elective courses and focuses on the study of Western art music. It assumes students have a formal background in music, have developed music literacy skills and have some knowledge and understanding of musical styles. In the Preliminary and HSC courses, students will study: The concepts of music through the learning experiences of performance, composition, musicology and aural within the context of a range of styles, periods and genres.

Preliminary course description: In the preliminary course students study the Mandatory Topic, Music from 1600-1900 covering a range of content and one Additional Topic.

HSC course description: In the HSC course, the Mandatory Topic is Music of the Last 25 Years (Australian focus). Students again pick their own additional topic. The musical content is predominantly Art Music.

In addition to core studies in performance, composition, musicology and aural, students nominate one elective study in Performance, Composition or Musicology. Students selecting Composition or Musicology electives will be required to compile a portfolio of work as part of the process of preparing a submitted work. The portfolio may be requested by NESA to validate authorship of the submitted work.

All students will be required to develop a composition portfolio for the core composition.

Nesa syllabus link: https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/stage-6-learning-areas/stage-6-creative-arts/music-2-syllabus

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