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Semester 1

Performance Skills

This Music elective is suitable for students who like music performance with strong links to VCE music study designs.  Students will polish their skills in performance and present a solo, group and technical program for assessment. This will include explicit teaching of improvisation and sight reading skills. This elective will also have a strong emphasis on theory and musicianship. Students will learn melodic and rhythmic transcription skills, aural scale, chord and interval theory. Students will gain skills identifying meter and swing when listening to music excerpts. Student will undertake an aural in-class exam and a music theory exam.


Music for Film

This Music elective is suitable for students with little or no music theory skills and has a large performance and music technology component. Students will learn to compose music for the moving image using digital audio workstations (DAW's) such as Audacity and ACID and the music notation software 'Sibelius'. Students will be introduced to the 'Modes' or 'moods' of the major scale and will learn how to create them and harness them for dramatic effect in their work. Students will also develop their music listening skills, undertake a listening exam and learn music theory which they will demonstrate in a written theory exam. 


Semester 2

Music Performance Skills 2

This music elective can be taken alone or as a follow on from music performance skills semester 1. It is designed to prepare students for a VCE music study closely mirroring a VCE study. Students will polish their skills in performance and present a solo performance, group composition and technical program for assessment. This will include explicit teaching of improvisation and sight reading skills. This elective will also have a strong emphasis on music language and analysis of scores and pre-recorded works. further demonstrate improvisation skills. Students will also learn about the circle of 5ths, writing of major and minor scales, major and minor chords and intervals that are major, minor or perfect. They will further develop their melodic and rhythmic transcription skills, aural scale, chord and interval theory.

Composition and Arranging

The core focus of Composing and Arranging is to develop students’ composition and arranging skills through critical listening, analysis, and developing an understanding of ways music is organised, created and performed in a range of styles and traditions. The unit works as a standalone subject, with many of the tasks offering differentiation for varying levels of musicianship. 

Students will learn how to notate music for popular instruments and arrange a music sheet. They will listen to and analyse diverse versions of the same songs. Students will create a cover to any song they wish in a creative and interesting manner. The students will also learn about harmony and chord progressions. Finally they will draw on everything learned throughout the semester to compose their own song or piece of music. 

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