What is it and why should I do it?
Units 1 and 2 focus on building performance and musicianship skills. Students present performances of selected group and solo music works using one or more instruments. They study the work of other performers and explore strategies to optimise their own approach to performance. They identify technical, expressive and stylistic challenges relevant to works they are preparing for performance and practise technical work to address these challenges. Students study aural, theory and analysis concepts to develop their musicianship skills and apply this knowledge when preparing and presenting performances.
What will I do in class?
In most classes you will manage your own time, dividing it between the following activities:
- practice and perform music works in ensembles and solo contexts.
- provide feedback to students on their performances and receive feedback on your own performance.
- develop skills in music analysis with a focus on vocabulary.
- Develop written and aural music theory skills - working from a textbook
You are expected to be very self sufficient, collaborative and to maximise your class time.
How much homework will I have?
You are expected to:
- practice your instrument five times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- have a weekly lesson with a specialised teacher on your instrument.
- complete an hour of theory work a week.
How do I satisfactorily complete the unit?
Outcome 1: Prepare and perform a practised program of group and solo works.
- Rehearse and perform regularly throughout each semester in both group and solo settings.
Outcome 2: Demonstrate instrumental techniques used in performance of selected works, demonstrate unprepared performance skills and describe influences on their approach to performance.
- Prepare and perform a Technical Performance Program that links to the repertoire developed as part of Outcome 1.
- Clearly articulate how this program improves performance technique.
Outcome 3: Identify, recreate, notate and transcribe elements of music, and describe ways in which expressive elements of music may be interpreted.
- complete music theory text
- complete analysis coursework
- satisfactorily pass music theory, aural and analysis sac
Outcome 4 (Unit 2 only): Devise a composition or an improvisation that uses music language evident in work/s being prepared for performance.
- Compose a work demonstrating your understanding and knowledge of one or all of your performance pieces in unit 1 or 2.
- Rehearse this work
- Perform this work
- Notate this work use ICT applications