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Curriculum 2023

Music Experience


Subject Name Music Experience
Year Level 11
Subject Length Semester
Subject Type Optional
Year 12 Pathway Year 12 Music Ensemble and Solo Performance
Staff Contact Brendan Fitzgerald


Music Experience is designed for students with emerging musical skills and provides opportunities to develop their musical understanding and skills in creating and responding to music.

Students learn to sing or play an instrument by taking weekly lessons with an instrumental or vocal teacher and learn to read and write music using conventional notation. They are required to apply these skills in solo and ensemble contexts in class and by participating in whole-school vocal and instrumental groups.


Creative Works  65% 

  • Composition  25%
    Students compose an original musical work using digital recording software, mixing to a stereo product incorporating onboard effects for 1 to 3 minutes.
  • Ensemble Performance  40%
    Students perform two musical works in an ensemble setting. They are individually part-tested on this repertoire and investigate aspects of technique on their instrument/voice - 6 to 8 minutes.
Musical Literacy  35%
  • Music Terminology  20% 
    Students demonstrate knowledge and understanding of music terminology and notation through analysing musical works. They reflect upon their learning in a Performance Evaluation document or multimodal presentation, then publish this to their own Digital Music Portfolio website - 400 words or 4-minute oral/multimodal.
  • Identifying & Troubleshooting Technical Issues  15% 
    Students collaborate to research, identify and resolve technical issues associated with electronic musical equipment and safely set up musical equipment for public performances. 500 words or 4-minute oral/multimodal.

Additional Information

  • Instrumental Music Program - All students 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 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 for concert attendance to underpin knowledge are offered throughout the year.