Year 10 Music - Theory

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs L. Wigram

This is a practical course focusing on a mix of music theory and notation, composition, practical music on a chosen instrument. The modules in Year 10 are streamlined to allow students to take music in Year 11 and look at the following:

Unit 1: Storytelling through Music - this takes students through 4 tasks

  1. Compose a piece of music based on an aquarium animal that you have observed at The National Aquarium.
  2. Plan a program of music for concert goers including Aquarium (from Carnival of the Animals) and a piece from the soundtrack of Aquaman. You will need to design the program cover and provide concert notes (a digital program is acceptable). 
  3. Learn to play “Everything I Need” (from Aquaman) on keyboard, bass, vocals, or drums as part of a group.
  4. Perform piece of your choice to complement the genres represented in this unit.

Unit 2: Theory of music - students work through the Trinity College of London thery book. The grade level they start at depends on their theoretical experience. If students take theory outside of school they are welcome to bring those books in to class. Both classical and contemporary methods are used in class. This unit runs in each class, culminating in the grade level test.

Unit 3: Identity through Music - in this unit students will explore Māori symbols and how they are relevant to their past, current and future pathways. Students write a song and use the symbols to create a short music video. We use technology and notation software to create music. In class we offer GarageBand, Sibelius and iMovie. 

Practical music runs throughout the course and students have the opportunity to take part in instrumental workshops with specialist teachers. Students perform as part of a group and as an individual.



Detailed Course Outline Assessment Policy & Procedures

NCEA Level 1 Music

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Trinity Theory of Music and class take-home workbooks are required in class $25.
Everything else is provided.
Students who have Macbooks or iPads can bring them to class and will be taught how to use the music programs.

Pathway Tags

Music: Promoter, Stage Manager, Events Manager, Singer/Musician, Teaching, Actor, Art Director (Film/Television/Stage), Artistic Director, Cinema Projectionist, Dancer, Director (Film/Television/Radio/Stage), Entertainer, Film and Video Editor, Film/Television Camera Operator, Light Technician, Media Producer, Musician, Production Assistant (Film/Television/Radio/Stage), Radio Presenter, Sound Technician, Television Presenter, Primary School Teacher, Private Teacher/Tutor, Tertiary Lecturer, Diversional Therapist, Music Teacher, Sound engineer, Radio Announcer, Music Performer, Production Assistant (Film/Television/

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