Level 3 Music

3MUS
Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms A. Plummer

Level 3 Musicians are likely to include students from Level 2 who excelled in at least ONE area - either Performance, Composition, Music Theory, Music History or Music Technology. The course caters for expertise to develop in any of these areas, allowing for a personalised learning programme to suit specific interests and skills.  Solo and Group Performance recitals, alongside a Composition or Arrangement portfolio are the main areas of study for L3 musicians. The Music Works External exam focuses on the musical West Side Story.  Aural and Score Reading externals are optional.
Students are advised to have regular tuition on their instrument/voice to help them achieve the required level for the performance elements.
Students are expected to perform at musical events in or out of school.

Watch the L3 band of 20019 perform at the Musical Extravaganza



Subject Overview

Term 1
We collaborate on Group Performance of which you have to perform 2 pieces in the same event.
Solo recital number 1 is selected and regular practise begins. You have to play at least 2 pieces in the same event - (a minimum of 4 in total)
Composition ideas are explored (You have to do 3) These will be shared through open discussion, listening and work shopping.
Theory skills are taught to all students and extended theory will be introduced for those doing the Score Reading External
Score analysis skills are introduced
Composition 1 is completed

Term 2
Recital 1 is completed
Some students will perform their Group pieces in a school event such as the Musical Extravaganza

Arrangement 1 is completed (You have to do 2) and they need to be transcribed.
Score analysis internal practice takes place and the assessment for those interested happens at the end of the term.
Composition 2 is completed

Term 3
Recital 2 is completed
Some students will perform their Group pieces in a school event such as the Musical Extravaganza

Arrangement 2 is completed (You have to do 2) and they need to be transcribed.
Score analysis internal practice takes place
Composition 3 is completed

Music External West Side Story is Introduced, analysed and written about. This external has 4 UE literacy credits reading and writing.

Term 4
Opportunities for students to complete recitals and compositions should it be required.
Practise Essays for the West Side Story External and Score reading.
Final Compositions need to be recorded alongside a detailed commentary ready for the portfolio deadline

Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery

A quality pair of headphones, your own instrument to practise on at home. Composers will need their own DAW and music software


Recommended Prior Learning

Music reading definitely helps at L3. If you are rusty in this area, it is worth your while brushing up on this highly useful skill. You can take L3 if you achieved 14 credits or more at NCEA Level 2 Music and have shown success (Merit or higher) with at least one of the following -  Performance, Composition Written work or Theory . 

Group Performance can be a big component of L3. Most students will have already performed at this level. There is an expectation that you will be part of a band or group already when starting this course. 

To get an idea of the standard, watch the senior combo rehearse one of the pieces they performed for the senior prizegiving 2019  Senior Combo - Toby, Carmen, Jordan, Jay and Daniel 



Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91416 v2 Making Music 3.1 - Perform two programmes of music as a featured soloist
3
I
8
*
A.S. 91417 v2 Making Music 3.2 - Perform a programme of music as a featured soloist on a second instrument
3
I
4
*
A.S. 91418 v2 Making Music 3.3 - Demonstrate ensemble skills by performing two substantial pieces of music as a member of a group
3
I
4
*
A.S. 91419 v2 Making Music 3.4 - Communicate musical intention by composing three original pieces of music
3
I
8
*
A.S. 91420 v2 Making Music 3.5 - Integrate aural skills into written representation
3
E
4
*
A.S. 91421 v3 Music Studies 3.6 - Demonstrate understanding of harmonic and tonal conventions in a range of music scores
3
E
4
*
A.S. 91423 v2 Music Studies 3.8 - Examine the influence of context on a substantial music work
3
E
4
Y
4r,4w *
A.S. 91424 v2 Music Studies 3.9 - Create two arrangements for an ensemble
3
I
4
*
A.S. 91425 v2 Music Studies 3.10 - Research a music topic
3
I
6
Y
6r *
A.S. 91849 v1 Making Music 3.11 - Compose three original songs that express imaginative thinking
3
I
8
*
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 54

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 54 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 42 credits.

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