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Music in Year 9 and 10 (Elective)

Music is an elective course that is studied in each of Years 9–10 with at least 200 hours to be completed by the end of Year 10. This is a requirement for eligibility for the award of the School Certificate.

The Year 9 and 10 music elective course provides the opportunity for students to develop their interest and skills in music and express themselves through Performing, Composing and Listening. The course incorporates many forms of music including jazz, rock, film/media and classical music with Australian Music being a focus in several topic areas as a mandatory component. Students continue developing their individual practical skills in order to be able to use them as a tool with the computer in composition. Students will also have the opportunity to form small ensembles and bands.

Year 9 Year 10
  • Music for Small Groups (Australian Focus)
  • Music for Radio, Film, Television and Multimedia
  • Popular Music (Australian focus)
  • Australian Music
  • Classical music (1750-1825)
  • Australian Art Music
  • Jazz Music
  • Australian Rock music

Ability Level / Prerequisites

The music literacy and performance practice attained in Years 7 and 8 is sufficient knowledge to undertake this course. It is not mandatory, though highly recommended, that students undertake private tuition on their chosen instrument. Students will have the opportunity to perform at various College functions.

Assessment Procedures

Three aspects are assessed throughout the course.

  • Performance: Perform vocally or on their instrument of choice. Other assessment strategies may include solo/ensemble work, sight reading and reviews of performances.
  • Composition: The basics of music theory are covered with the aim of students being able to write their own music. Compositions may include improvisation, original works or arrangements.
  • Listening: A student’s ability to be able to listen to music of various styles and to analyse, notate and discuss the concepts of music through score reading and analytical skills will be assessed. Students will also be assessed in their understanding of music in its historical and cultural context.
  • Assessment in Performing, Composing and Listening is evenly weighted.