Level 1 Music
Teacher in Charge: Ms A. Plummer
Watch these students performing one of their Group Ensemble pieces Tennessee Whisky
Most students choose music as they enjoy playing their instrument. This leads to 10 performance credits. 6 as a soloist and 4 as a member of a group. Each person in the group needs to be playing an easily identifiable part. Students can choose their own repertoire for this component. Sometimes it might be necessary for groups to practise outside of class time. Piano players can play a duet as part of their group performance.
Listen to Amy and Ashleigh's performance of Hungarian Dance by Brahms
SOLO performance is where students perform a short piece of music on their instrument. This can have a backing track playing to support the solo, or someone else might be required to accompany, usually on the guitar or piano. There are plenty of chances to practise the solo in front of the class or a smaller audience if students prefer. The level of performance required for L1 is in the region of Grade 3. Students that have been playing since year 9 or before will be at that level of higher. It is important to note that every individual performance is marked on musicality and technical ability. Although there is a benchmark, we assess this component holistically.
We study songs from well known artists such as The Beatles, Queen and from Musical Theatre. This work features written, aural and theoretical skills and will count for literacy credits.
Students might like to opt to do their own research on a band or artist of their choice. This will need to be in consultation with the teacher.
There are music technology components for students who are not so keen on performing, external aural and theory exams and composition elements.
You will have to be able to perform with confidence in front of an audience such as a small group of friends, the whole class or for a wider audience like in a school concert. This performance gets filmed.
It helps if you are having individual lessons on your instrument, but this isn't essential.
Repertoire for Solo and Group performance is selected. Students will work on specific pieces of music through consultation with the teacher, to check for difficulty level. Singers will need to know their vocal range but advice will be given with regards to which songs are most suitable and why. Basic aural skills are introduced. All students will take the aural external and some degree of music reading is needed. This can be learnt at L1 if not before.
We study a range of songs by The Beatles from their early career 1962 to 1967. Songs will be analysed and written about and various research projects will be assessed to form part of the Music Works Internal. Literacy credits are available for this.
The first Solo Performance exam will take place in class time. Students might also be ready to perform their group performance piece either at the Musical Extravaganza in May, or in class time.
We continue to work on The Beatles unit of work and focus on song writing skills to help with the more academic understanding of musical analysis.
Students who read music fluently are extended through theory sessions which prepares them for the Score Reading External.
Students interested in Music Technology may decide to complete the unit standard. This requires students to create a 24 bar sequence using midi, and recreate a music score using either Sibelius or MuseScore.
We study a second Music Work from the rock/pop tradition. This is usually an iconic song from the 1970s -1980s such as Bohemian Rhapsody. This work will complete the Music Works Internal of which their are literacy credits also allocated.
Students will prepare for the aural prelim with regular practise at listening skills. These include identifying particular chords and transcribing simple rhythms and pitches. It helps to be able to read music, but isn't essential.
Students will perform their second solo performance piece during class time. Some outstanding performances may be requested to perform again at a school event such as the Soiree which generally takes place in September.
All work is usually completed by Term 4, but this does give a chance for students to revise, do lots of practise papers to prepare for the aural / score reading exam, and complete anything that is still outstanding.
Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery
A quality pair of headphones. Students devices will need recording software installed and ideally phones or devices need a quality video function.
Recommended Prior Learning
Students must play an instrument or sing with confidence to do this course. Involvement with Performance Music at Year 9 or 10 will help when choosing repertoire and performing at Year 11 and beyond.
If you do select music as a L1 course, see me in Term 4 about musical instrument tuition opportunities.
Watch Kiera perform her Group Performance piece with the Jazz Band at Jazz Quest
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
Total Credits Available: 34 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 26 credits.
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