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15290                                                                                                        MUSIC 1

Course:  Music 1                                                        Category:  A

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course                  

Prerequisites:    Music mandatory course (or equivalent) ie. Music Yr 7 and 8

Exclusions:        Music 2

Course Description:

In the Preliminary and HSC courses, students will study: the concepts of music through learning experiences in performance, composition, musicology and aural within the context of a range of styles, periods and genres e.g. Rock, Popular, Medieval, Australian, Film etc.

Main Topics Covered:

Students study three topics in each year of the course. Topics are chosen from a list of 21 which cover a range of styles, periods and genres.

Particular course requirements:

HSC course

In addition to core studies in performance, composition, musicology and aural,  students select THREE electives from any combination of performance, composition and musicology.  These electives must represent EACH of the three topics studied in the course.


Students selecting Composition electives will be required to compile a portfolio of work as part of the process of preparing a submitted work. The portfolio may be requested by the Board of Studies to validate authorship of the submitted work.


SKILLS / APTITUDE                         Important                               Not so important

Writing Skills                                                  *

Research                                                       *

Oral Reporting                                                *

Practical Work                                               *

Working in a group or team                             *

Public Performance                                        *

Meeting Deadlines                                         *

Other considerations:

Equipment:        ·  Your own instrument or a hired instrument for practising at home. (Vocalists excepted)

                           A sound system for aural work / practice at home.


Extra-curricula:  It is expected that students involved in the course be involved in some music extra-curriculaactivity  eg choir, band, small ensemble (eg rock group)


Cost:   Year 11 - $20;  Year 12 - $15


Assessment:  HSC Course only


External Assessment


Internal Assessment



Aural (core)

Performance (core)

3 electives (can be performances, musicology, composition)

-  can be any combination  OR 3 of same

-  each elective is 20%


4 areas are assessed with predetermined weighting

1.  Aural
2.  Composition
3.  Musicology

4.  Performance

5.  The final 45% are derived from 3 electives as chosen by the student













Other Costs:  If you are a relative beginner on your instrument, it is strongly suggested  you take private tuition for a time.  Singers should also consider some private tuition.