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Curriculum 2022

Music A


Subject Name Music A
Year Level 9
Subject Length Semester
Subject Type Optional
Staff Contact Vashti Paech


Students listen and respond to music and learn to create and perform music. They develop an understanding of the elements of music including rhythm, pitch, dynamics, expression, form and structure whilst developing aural skills to identify and interpret these elements. These skills are essential in making and responding to a range of music through composing and performing. Students develop ICT skills using a variety of software to record and write music.  

Public performances are held to develop students’ growth as performers and to share their experiences in music with their audiences.   

Students study a range of musical styles, including jazz, blues and contemporary music, and relate these to social contexts. Additional units are chosen from classical, world and Australian Indigenous music. 


Tasks may include:

  • Theory exercises using a prescribed workbook plus additional worksheets and term tests on a range of foundation topics
  • Solo and ensemble performance assessments 
  • Analytical Music-In-Context assignments on 'The Blues' and 'World Music'       
  • Composition, arrangement and recording – one original work per term using music notation and recording software
  • Commencement of their own Music Digital Portfolio website/blog

Additional Information

  • Students are required to purchase the textbook, 'Understanding Music Theory Book 2'
  • Instrumental Music Program - All students studying music are expected to commit to learning an instrument or take vocal lessons with either Education Department Instrumental Music teachers or private providers
  • Students are required to participate in either the school vocal ensemble or stage band with three public performances per year, including Arts Night and Music Night events, plus additional school assembly performances
  • A range of workshops and excursions to enhance knowledge are offered throughout the year