GROUP 6 - MUSIC

The music programme aims to promote the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of music from a variety of cultural, historical and stylistic perspectives, which includes a study of continuity and change in Western music, the development of an understanding of the diversity of 20th Century music and an awareness of the music of other cultures.

Students develop skills in critical listening and understanding as well as in making music through composing, improvising and performing, which includes performing in ensembles and, in some cases, directing these. The Higher Level prepares students for further formal study of the art and science of music in higher education.

Students are expected to: be able to comment on stylistic and technical aspects of a range of selected music; show knowledge of the basic rudiments and acoustics of music; demonstrate creativity; imagination and originality in performance and/or composition, perform, showing technical competence and control of musical elements; show competence in composition, and sense of style and ability to interpret in performance. They are also expected to show an understanding of the aesthetic quality of a piece of music in performance and composition and, finally, show an awareness of personal growth and development in music.

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Standard Level

There are three options at Standard Level from which students may choose: Solo Performance, Group Performance or Composition.

Musical Perception and Analysis

- A study of two prescribed works
- A study of musical genres and styles with musical examples from different parts of the world, designed to develop aural perception, musical literacy and historical and cultural knowledge
- An independent musical investigation of two distinct musical genres from any tradition, culture or region of the world

Solo Performance

This course is designed for students with a background in musical performance. A solo performance of 15 minutes duration is required for assessment.

Group Performance

This course is designed for students with a general interest in music or those without appropriate prior experience, particularly members of ensembles. Students will be assessed on their playing in one instrumental or vocal ensemble (which could be an existing School choir, band or orchestra). At least two public performances are recorded during the course of 15 to 30 minutes duration.

Composition

This course is designed for students with a background in musical composition. Students study musical perception and analysis and composition. They need to submit two compositions.
Solo, group and composition Standard Level students also cover:
- A study of two prescribed works
- A study of musical genres and styles with musical examples from different parts of the world, designed to develop aural perception, musical literacy and historical and cultural knowledge.
- An independent musical investigation of two distinct musical genres from any tradition, culture or region of the world.

ASSESSMENT
Internal Assessment (50%)
1. Performance component – group OR solo OR composition component
External Assessment
2. Examination: Listening paper. (2 hours, 30%)
3. Musical Links Investigation: Media Script, (20%)

Higher Level

There are three compulsory parts in the Higher Level Course. This course is designed for specialist music students with a background in music performance and composition, who may study music at tertiary level. Students study the following:

Musical Perception and Analysis

- A study of two prescribed works
- A study of musical genres and styles with musical examples from different parts of the world, designed to develop aural perception, musical literacy and historical and cultural knowledge
- An independent musical investigation of two distinct musical genres from any tradition, culture or region of the world

Solo Performance

Students prepare for one or more solo recitals of about 20 minutes on their chosen instrument or voice.

Composition

Composition skills are developed through practice and experimentation. Three notated and recorded compositions are submitted of about 5 to 15 minutes in total when performed.

ASSESSMENT
Internal Assessment

1. Solo Performance (25%)
2. Composition (25%)
External Assessment
3. Examination: Listening paper – Musical Perception and Analysis. (2.5 hours, 30%)
4. Musical Links Investigation: Media Script, (20%)

 

MUSIC PATHWAY AT GGS

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Year 11 and 12 - VCE

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Year 10

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Timbertop - Year 9

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Middle School - Years 5 to 8