NCEA Level 3 Music

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs L. Wigram

Recommended Prior Learning

NCEA Level 2 achievement standards in music.

Enrolment accepted from equivalent exams such as Grade 4 Practical and Grade 3 Theory, however, Grade 4 is recommended.

Auditions may be required for confirmation of entry requirements.

Music study at Year 13 provides the opportunity for students to be able to specialise in the areas of their strengths and abilities, eg. performance, composition or musical knowledge/research (musicology). This course is a culmination for students who have completed Levels 1 and 2 standards in these areas. Performance, music studies, composition and harmonic analysis are extended to an in-depth level of understanding. Students must be committed to a course of study from the classroom teacher as well as separate weekly tuition from their instrumental music teacher and will often have to work independently to achieve the set tasks. Learning and assessment activities are based around the four strands from the Arts Curriculum document:

  • Developing practical knowledge in music (theory, aural, score reading)
  • Developing ideas in music (composing music)
  • Communicating and interpreting in music (listen to, read and play music)
  • Understand music in context (developing knowledge and understanding of a variety of music styles both past and present).

Please Note – While students have the opportunity to further their own interests in music this course has a set programme of teaching and learning based on the curriculum and NCEA assessment standards. In addtion to music and music technology standards an electronics standard has been created to follow on from the electronics in Level 2 music. Students use their skills from Level 2 to build a cable tester and consolidate their soldering skills. 

Psychology standards continue from Level 2 and students can choose which standards they would like to take, including the external. The psychology of conformity (in a music and social context) approaches to psychology, and students can undertake research after designing a supervised experiment. This opens a pathway to further study in psychology and builds on the Level 2 psychology standards.

Special Conditions:

  • As part of the performance requirements for assessment, students need to continue with their course of instrumental tuition on their performance instrument throughout the year (either privately or via the college). It is recommended that lessons be on an individual basis for at least ½ hour per week. Extra charges may apply in some cases.
  • Students must be prepared to take part in performance opportunities.
  • Music technology is offered to students who have completed levels 1 & 2 tech standards.
  • 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.



Assessment Policy & Procedures
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Ring Binder, A4 Refill (14B8), 14M5 refill (A4 manuscript paper) 2B pencil,
It is recommended students purchase a $10-15 workbook for the external paper (handed out in class )
Own headphones (optional but recommended)
Drummer – drumsticks
Guitar – 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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