The Performer’s guide to music
Understanding different performance styles is necessary to develop personal expression and excellence in performance. This course will enhance students’ thinking about authentic and new ways of performing by investigating stylistic qualities of music from pre-20th century through to 20th and 21st century music. Students learn how and why music has been influenced by society and technology through the ages.
Assessment is based on attendance, performances and group and individual projects involving research, music theory, composition and presentations.
Reference: ‘A Performer’s Guide to Music Series’ ARSM
Students in Music Technology will study the history of recorded music and use a variety of software including Audacity, Acid Pro 6.0 and Sonar. Students learn about setting up stage equipment including microphones and public announcement systems and begin to understand music in a world influenced by media, advertising, the internet, You Tube and copyright issues. Students will also have the opportunity to learn how to record a live performance using the Protocols system.
Assessment is based on attendance, a series of compositions, technical tasks and reflective essays.
Masterclass focuses on aspects of performance in small groups. Working in an ensemble requires specialist music and musicianship skills. Students will be able to develop their performance and ensemble skills through practice and performance. Study of music theory and aural skills in preparation for VCE Music Unit 1 & 2 is 50% of the course.
Assessment is based on attendance, performance preparation, performance reflection and aural and theory tests.