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Stage 1 Music

Course Length: 10-credit or 20-credit
Learning Area: Arts

Where does it lead?

Music offers students the opportunity to acquire and develop their creative and interpretive skills of music from a wide range of periods, styles and cultures. Not only does this prepare students for the study of music at the tertiary level, it also fosters qualities of confidence, self-discipline, imagination and self-expression.


Students need to have a basic knowledge of music theory (AMEB) or have completed Year 10 Music. Solo performance must be at Grade 3 AMEB level or equivalent. Students wishing to begin studies in Semester 2 must have completed Grade 3 AMEB Theory and have had at least 3 years of current instrumental tuition.

What is in the course?

Music aims to develop creative and expressive skills on the chosen instrument and develop related areas of knowledge in theory, history of music and aural skills. There are four main areas of content. The aural component develops aural acuity in the areas of melodic recognition and dictation, rhythmic dictation, intervals, scale recognition and chord and cadence identification. The theory component of the course covers a revision of AMEB Grades 1 and 2, followed by Grades 3 and 4. The Practical component enables students to extend and refine their skills of interpretation, technique and repertoire on their chosen instruments. Composing and Arranging and Music Technology, require a specialist teacher. Opportunities exist for involvement in ensemble work outside of the school. The History component surveys a range of periods from 1600 to the present day, exploring the place of the composer in society and the stylistic characteristics of music of the times. Four works are studied with respect to form, keys, modulations and melodic and rhythmic ideas. As well, other interesting composition techniques are discussed. The course also allows students to acquire skills in the area of music technology.


  • Skills Presentation
  • Skills Development
  • Folio
  • Examination


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