MUSIC PERFORMANCE

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(Jazz Group or Solo)

Unit 1 and Unit 2: Semester 1 and Semester 2

Prerequisite: Students should have achieved a Grade 1 AMEB level of theory. If they have not they will be expected to attend lunchtime theory classes to achieve this. Students must have private lessons in their principle instrument.

These units focus on building performance and musicianship skills. Students present performances of selected works, study the work of other performers, explore strategies to optimise their own approach to performance and study ways to develop technical and expressive performance skills. Students learn to perform previously unseen music and study aural, theory and analysis concepts to develop their musicianship skills and apply this knowledge when preparing and presenting performances. Students also devise an original composition or improvisation.

There are two streams from which the students may choose: the regular or the jazz streams, both studying basically the same course but each with a different emphasis.

ASSESSMENT – UNIT 1
1. Performance Skill Development (50%)
2. Performance Technique (25%)
3. Musicianship (25%)

ASSESSMENT – UNIT 2
1. Performance Skill Development (50%)
2. Performance Technique (12%)
3. Musicianship (25%)
4. Organisation of Sound (13%)

MUSIC GROUP PERFORMANCE

(Jazz Group or Solo)

Students must have private lessons in their principle instrument.

Unit 3: Semester 1

This unit prepares students to present convincing performances of group and solo works. Students develop instrumental techniques that enable them to interpret works and expressively shape performances. Aural perception and comprehension, transcription, unprepared performance and music theory/analysis techniques are also developed.

Unit 4: Semester 2

In this unit students refine their ability to present convincing performances of group and solo works by learning to communicate their understanding of the music style of each work that they present. Students continue to develop skills in aural perception and comprehension, transcription, unprepared performance, theory and analysis.

ASSESSMENT
1. Coursework – Unit 3 (20%)
2. Coursework – Unit 4 (10%)
3. Performance Examination (50%)
4. Aural and Written Examination (20%)

Group Performance for other instruments/styles will be considered on an individual basis but would be run in the Year 11 Solo Music Performance class and in Year 12 would continue as Music Investigation.

MUSIC INVESTIGATION

(Solo musicians only)

Students must have private lessons in their principle instrument.

Units 3 & 4:

These units focus on a specialised area of performance known as an Investigation Topic. For example a student could decide to look at Theatre Music from the 1950s or Improvisation in piano jazz works. The Investigation Topic is decided upon in negotiation with Music School staff. Students prepare a 25 minute solo programme, investigate analytical aspects of their chosen area and also associated performance conventions. Students are encouraged to think deeply about their development as a musician and start to identify who and what were the major influences in their journey. As well as a solo programme, students develop a written portfolio in Semester 1; prepare technical work associated with their chosen area; do in-depth analyses of works chosen in their programmes and also study arranging/composing or improvisation.

ASSESSMENT
1. Technical performance skills/commentary – Unit 3 (5%)
2. Research and Analysis Portfolio – Unit 3 (20%)
3. Composing OR arranging OR improvisation – Units 3 & 4 (25%)
4. Performance – Units 3 & 4 (50%)

There is no end of year written examination for this course.

Any enquiries about specific courses in Years 11 and 12 should be directed to the Director of Music at GGS.

 

MUSIC PATHWAY AT GGS

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Year 11 and 12 - IB

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