Music

Music

Introduction

Music is taught at all levels of the School as an academic subject in the curriculum. It is a compulsory core subject in Forms 3 and 4. After Form 3, it is also an option subject, and leads up to university level study in the areas of performance, composition, aural skills, theory and musical knowledge.

The Music Department also encourages participating in music performance groups - the Symphony Orchestra, Grammar Virtuosi, the Premier Concert Band, the Big Band, Grammar Voices, Barbershop Quartet, the Pipe Band, and Chamber Music Ensembles. These groups perform regularly and to the very highest standard; culminating in internal and external competitions each year.

A total of 11 visiting instrumental music tutors visit the school each week. Subjects include voice, all wind, brass, string and percussion instruments as well as piano, electric guitar, bagpipes and drums. Every year students excel in academic music and performance studies. Many have gone on to be professional performers, composers and teachers both in New Zealand and overseas.

Special equipment/costs involved in each year level:

  • Students must continue to have instrumental or vocal lessons.
  • Hire of musical instrument if applicable.
  • Purchase of tutor books as required by your instrumental teacher.

Form 4 Option Music:

Pre-requisites: This course involves performing and composing as well as developing theoretical skills, aural skills and general knowledge of music. Students wishing to take this course must be currently and actively engaged in learning and playing an instrument or singing. High achievement and attitude grades in Form 3 Core Music are also expected.

Advanced musicians will be extended through more demanding Theory, Harmony and Aural as well as through exposure to a wide variety of music, styles and context. Exceptions must be approved by the HOD Music.

Students who do not meet these entrance criteria can still enjoy Music through the less-demanding Core Music classes. Entry to Pre-Q Music in Form 5 will still be possible if sufficient progress is made.

Course description/aims: To inspire and develop literate, knowledgeable, skilled and creative musicians. It is a preparatory course for Pre-Q in Form 5.

This course takes an integrated approach to music education as each learning areas enriches and reinforces the others. Performance, Aural Skills, Theory, Composition and Music History all combine and overlap to establish and strengthen the knowledge and skills expected of a fully literate musician.

Course outline: Students will:

  • Develop technical and expressive control through performance.
  • Develop stylistic, interpretative and technical skills through composition.
  • Study a broad range of music from different eras, contexts and traditions.
  • Study two contrasting works in-depth.
  • Develop their knowledge of notation and music theory.
  • Turn sounds into symbols by learning to transcribe rhythm, pitch and harmony.
  • Learn to identify and utilise a variety of musical features and devices.

Methods of assessment: In-class assessment and through School term examinations.

Continuation of subject: This course prepares students for the Form 5 Music option. Music is available as an option choice to Form 7 and is an approved subject for University Entrance.

Form 5 (Pre-Q):

Pre-requisites: This is a course for motivated and skilful musicians. It involves performing and composing as well as developing theoretical skills and general knowledge of music. Students must therefore be able to play an instrument or sing to a high standard to be accepted onto this course. Ideally you will have had music lessons for at least two to three years and be able to read music, but motivated, self-taught musicians will also be considered

Students should have gained high achievement and attitude grades in Form 4 Core Music or have successfully completed the Form 4 Option Music course. Students who wish to take this course without having first completed the Form 4 Option Music course must demonstrate an appropriate level of musical knowledge and performance ability. Please talk to Mr Wasson for advice or to arrange an informal audition. Exceptions must be approved by the HOD Music.

Course description/aims: Advanced musicians will be extended through demanding Theory, Harmony and Aural as well as through exposure to a wide variety of music, styles and context. They will be stretched creatively and technically in Composition and given regular performance opportunities. We expect these students to be capable of achieving an ‘A’ Grade should they go on to take A2 Music or Excellence in NCEA Level 2 Music standards.

Listening:

  • Aural awareness, perception and discrimination in Western music of the baroque, classical, romantic and 20th Century periods including Jazz and Blues.
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of the Features of Music and Compositional Devices.
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of two contrasting Set Works.

Theory and Aural:

  • Sound technical knowledge of conventions of notation, keys, scales, cadences, intervals, rhythm, time signatures, including compound time and grouping of notes and rests. Advanced students will study harmony.
  • The understanding and ability to listen to and transcribe (write out) melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation.

Analysis:

  • Analyse and compare two works from different periods, examining structure, harmony and development of materials as well as theme, style, and historical and technological context.

Performing:

  • Technical competence on one or more instruments/singing.
  • Interpretative understanding of the music performed.

Composing:

  • Discrimination and imagination in original composition.
  • Notation, using staff notation and other suitable systems.

Methods of assessment: School Examinations:

  • 1 x 1 hour examination
  • 1 x 2 hour examination
  • 1 x 3 hour examination (Pre-Q)

Continuation of subject: This course prepares students for the Form 6 Music option at AS or NCEA Level 2 level. Music is available as an option choice to Form 7 and is an approved subject for University Entrance

Form 6 (NCEA Level 2):

Pre-requisites:

  • At least 60% in Pre-Q Music, or
  • Grade 5 Music Performance and Theory
  • Students must have been taking lessons on an instrument or voice for at least three years with good progress evident.

Recommended achievement levels:

  • Students who have passed Form 5 Music Option have an appropriate achievement level to study Form 6 NCEA Level 2 Music.
  • Students who hold Grade 5 Practical and Theory certificates have an appropriate achievement level to study Form 6 NCEA Level 2 Music.
  • Students who have not completed Form 5 Music may find Form 6 NCEA Level 2 Music demanding.
  • Students who have not had lessons on an instrument or voice for three years are not recommended to take Form 6 NCEA Level 2 Music.

Course description/aims: Students will become literate in Music as they:

  • Learn the language of music.
  • Develop musical ideas.
  • Communicate and interpret meaning in music.
  • Understand music in context.

Course outline: Making Music is designed for the performer or composer who wishes to specialise:

  • 91270 - Perform two substantial pieces of music as a featured soloist [6 credits, Internal]
  • 91274 - Perform a substantial piece of music as a featured soloist on a second instrument [3 credits, Internal]
  • 91272 - Demonstrate ensemble skills by performing a substantial piece of music as a member of a group [4 credits, Internal]
  • 91271 - Compose two substantial pieces of music [6 credits, Internal].
  • 91275 - Demonstrate aural understanding through written representation [4 credits, Internal]

Music Studies provides for students who have a strong interest in understanding music, research and analysis skills, musical knowledge, and advanced listening and notation skills:

  • 91276 - Demonstrate knowledge of conventions in a range of music scores [4 credits, External]
  • 91277 - Demonstrate understanding of two substantial contrasting music works [6 credits, External]
  • 91273 - Devise an instrumentation for an ensemble [4 credits, Internal]
  • 91278 - Investigate an aspect of New Zealand music [4 credits, Internal]
  • 27703 - Demonstrate and apply knowledge of sound control and enhancement processes required for a performance context [4 credits, Internal]
  • 26687 - Candidates must also demonstrate the concepts required to achieve 26687 (Demonstrate and apply knowledge of sound technology for performance context)

Continuation of subject: This course prepares students for the Form 7 Music option.

Form 6 and 7 (AS):

Pre-requisites: At least 60% in Pre-Q Music, or Grade 5 Music Performance and Theory.

Recommended achievement levels:

  • Exceptional students may take AS and A Level in one year with the advance approval of the HOD Music.
  • Students who have passed Form 5 Option Music have an appropriate achievement level to study AS Music.
  • Students who hold Grade 5 Music Performance and Theory certificates have an appropriate achievement level to study AS Music.
  • Students who have not completed Form 5 Music may find AS Music demanding.
  • Students who do not play an instrument or sing at Grade 5 level or higher are not recommended to take AS Music.

Course description/aims: Students will:

  • Foster a discriminating aural appreciation of, and an informed critical response to, music of the western tradition from at least two representative genres and periods.
  • Deepen their understanding of music in its wider cultural context.
  • Develop creative and interpretative skills through the disciplines of composing and performing.
  • Communicate their understanding of Music, supporting judgments by argument based on evidence.

Assessment objectives: Candidates will demonstrate:

  • An ability to listen attentively and responsively.
  • Understanding of the processes at work in music.
  • An ability to communicate knowledge, understanding and musical insight with clarity.
  • Technical and interpretative competence in performing.
  • Musical invention in composing.

Methods of assessment:

  • Listening (Music of the Western Tradition): 2-hour external examination
  • Practical Musicianship Coursework, internal assessment, two of:
    • Element 1: Solo Performance
    • Element 2: Any two of:
      • Second instrument
      • Improvising
      • Group performance, or
      • Accompanying
    • Element 3: Composing within an established tradition (graded exercises taken in class)
    • Element 4: Composition: two contrasting compositions

Continuation of subject: This course prepares students for A2 Music in Form 7.

Form 7 (NCEA Level 3):

Pre-requisites:

  • NCEA Level 2 Music, or
  • Grade 7 Music Performance and Theory
  • Students must have been taking lessons on an instrument or voice for at least four years with good progress evident.

Course outline:

Making Music is designed for the performer or composer who wishes to specialise:

  • AS91416 - Perform two programmes of music as a featured soloist [8 credits, Internal]
  • AS91417 - Perform a programme of music as a featured soloist on a second instrument [4 credits, Internal]
  • AS91418 - Demonstrate ensemble skills by performing two substantial pieces of music as a member of a group [4 credits, Internal]
  • AS91419 - Communicate musical intention by composing three original pieces of music [8 credits, Internal]
  • AS91420 - Integrate aural skills into written representation [4 credits, External]

Music Studies provides for students who have a strong interest in understanding music, research and analysis skills, musical knowledge, and advanced listening and notation skills:

  • AS91421 - Demonstrate understanding of harmonic and tonal conventions in a range of music scores [4 credits, External]
  • AS91422 - Analyse a substantial music work [4 credits, External]
  • AS91423 - Examine the influence of context on a substantial music work [4 credits, Internal]
  • AS91424 - Create two arrangements for an ensemble [4 credits, Internal]
  • AS91425 - Research a music topic [6 credits, Internal]
  • AS28007 - Select and apply a range of processes to enhance sound in a performance context [6 credits, Internal]

Continuation of subject: This course prepares students for tertiary study in Music.

Form 7 (A2):

Pre-requisites:A, B or C grade in AS Music with Components 1 and 2.

Recommended achievement levels:

  • Students who have gained an A, B or C grade in AS Music have an appropriate achievement level to study A2 Music.
  • Students who struggle with two of composition, performance and essay writing may find A2 Music demanding.
  • Students who have not completed AS Music Components 1 and 2 are ineligible to enter the A2 Music course.

Course descriptions/aims: Students will:

  • Deepen their understanding of music in its wider cultural context.
  • Develop creative and interpretative skills through the disciplines of composing and performing.
  • Communicate their understanding of music, supporting judgments by argument based on evidence.

Assessment objectives: Candidates will demonstrate:

  • An ability to listen attentively and responsively.
  • An understanding of the processes at work in music.
  • An ability to communicate knowledge, understanding and musical insight with clarity.
  • Technical and interpretative competence in performing.
  • Musical invention in composing.

Methods of assessments:

  • Component 3: Performing (12 - 20 minutes) [External].
  • Component 4: Composing - a single composition between about 8-12 minutes or group of related pieces [External].
  • Component 5: Investigation and Report an essay of about 2,500 words [External].

Continuation of subject: This course prepares students for tertiary study in Music.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our staff today.