NCEA Level 1 Music

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs L. Wigram

Recommended Prior Learning

It is preferable students took this subject in Year 10, or entry with teacher recommendation and audition.

Students will have the opportunity to continue to learn more about reading and writing music for their performance instrument and appropriate to genre. They will learn through group performance and by looking at a variety of music styles which will provide the skills for individuals to read and write music according to their level of experience and knowledge. Students will enjoy the e-learning focus to assist both learning and assessment. Students will be supported to enter New Zealand secondary school initiatives such as Smokefree Rockquest, Play it Strange and NZ Chamber Music competitions.

As part of the performance requirements for assessment, students need to continue with a course of instrumental tuition in their performance instrument, throughout the year (either privately or via the college). Students must be prepared to take part in performance opportunities and be working with a tutor as they learn about music performance. Music technology is a new and exciting part of this course. Students can learn about setting up sound for performance and digital sequencing. At this level students also have the option of creating a music video and understanding behaviours in a music context. We have added a psychology standard with the perspective of understanding performance anxiety and how to overcome this aspect of music performances.

Special Conditions:

  • Students must be prepared to take part in performance opportunities.
  • It is expected that students will attend scheduled lessons with their tutor and non-attendance for unjustified reasons may result in the student losing this opportunity. 
  • Students who have lessons with an outside tutor may continue with their current teacher.

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student attempting the assessment.

Course Overview

Term 1
Each student has an individualised learning program selected with the teacher to work with the student's needs, abilities and also to enable growth. This program selection is done in the first week, but remains flexible throughout the year. The only compulsory standard is composition - one due in Term 2 and one in Term 3. Both must be completed to gain the credits.

Term 2
Group Performance must be completed by the end of Term 2.

Term 3
Solo performances occur each term, but the aim is to be completed by the end of Term 3.



Assessment Policy & Procedures

NCEA Level 2 Music

Students can follow a practical music path which leads to a degree or doploma in Contemporary Music at a tertiary level. OR
Students can follow a practical and theoretical path which leads to a degree in Classical, Jazz or Composition at university. OR
Students can take music technology leading a career in Sound Engineering, Recording or Studio work.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Take-home workbooks for each standard will be supplied in class (approx $25 total for all books)
A4 Refill (14B8), 14M5 refill (A4 manuscript paper), 2B pencil, own headphones (optional but recommended)
Drummer – drumsticks
Guitarist – guitar pic/capo/tuner
An iPad or MacBook is recommended for this course, particularly if the student is taking music technology

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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Credits listed may change.