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Music involves the organisation of sound and silence in structures that have deep meaning for participants and listeners. Consequently, music has a universal place in every culture across the globe and throughout history. Studying music provides the basis for a lifetime of further participation, which contributes to the musical culture of the future.

Students engage with music through movement, both in responding to its rhythms in dance and physical sensation, and by making movements that allow them to produce music on a wide variety of instruments, including the voice. Students engage in music on their own, or in groups, both large and small. Therefore, the social dimension to music is inseparable from its function in culture. Music is processed through aural discrimination, memory and emotional response, all of which interact with each other and with physical processes as a means of perceiving, learning and performing.

Year 8 Music

All students in Year 8 undertake Music for one term as a taster. Typical tasks include: performing, reading music, aural and keyboard work.

Year 9

Music is an elective in Year 9 and runs two periods a week for the whole year. Typical tasks include: performance, composition and aural work.

Year 10 Music Course P A/B Units

In these units, students explore their senses to create and enjoy music. They respond to music and express their musical ideas through movement and singing/playing. Students reflect on their musical experiences and identify how music impacts on their lives. They use musical language to communicate ideas through performing, creating and responding to music.

Course Content

The course content describes the knowledge and skills required and consist of the following content areas:

  • Aural and theory
  • Analysis
  • Composition and arrangement
  • Performance
  • Cultural and historical perspectives.

Year 11 Music Course Stage 1A/1B

In the Music course, students have opportunities to develop and extend their musical understandings, abilities and potential in a range of contexts. The three contexts defined in the Music course are: Western Art Music, Jazz, and Contemporary Music. At Stage 1, students can study across one or more of these contexts, and include such topics as Music for Music Theatre, Music for Film and Television, and World and Indigenous Music depending on their needs and interests. For Stages 2 and 3, students are required to study one of the three contexts defined in the course. Through the study of aural, theory, composition and arrangement, cultural and historical analysis, and performance, students refine and develop their musicianship, engage in learning that develops music literacy and cultural awareness that reflects the world of performers, composers and audiences.

Stage One in Year 11 followed by Stage 2 in Year 12 is appropriate for students who intend to follow a vocational pathway or plan to continue their studies at TAFE. Stage 2 in Year 11 followed by Stage 3 in Year 12 is appropriate for students studying Music for university entry after Year 12. This option is more challenging than the first pathway.

Across the two units, students develop an understanding of the elements of music and apply these through creating, composing, performing and responding to music. These units introduce students to relevant and engaging music, with teachers choosing a context or contexts appropriate to student needs.

Course Content

The course content describes the knowledge and skills required and consist of the following content areas:

  • Aural and theory
  • Analysis
  • Composition and arrangement
  • Performance
  • Cultural and historical perspectives.