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Music Performance 3 & 4

UNIT 3: Music Performance

 

This unit focuses on building and refining performance and musicianship skills. Students focus on either group or solo performance and begin preparation of a performance program they will present in the end-of-year examination. As part of their preparation, students will also present performances of both group and solo music works using one or more instruments and take opportunities to perform in familiar and unfamiliar venues and spaces. They study the work of other performers and refine selected strategies to optimise their own approach to performance.

They identify technical, expressive and stylistic challenges relevant to works they are preparing for performance and endeavour to address these challenges. Students develop their listening, aural, theoretical and analytical musicianship skills and apply this knowledge when preparing and presenting performances.

Selection of instrument

Students who elect to present their end-of-year performance examination as soloists must select an instrument and a list from the Prescribed List of Notated Solo Works provided by VCAA. All works performed in the end-of-year performance examination must be selected from one list or be approved alternative works. Students who choose to present their Unit 3–4 end-of-year examination program as soloists are advised to use the same instrument for the solo component of Outcome 1 in Units 3 and 4. The instrument lists, as provided by VCAA, provide details about use of different instruments in the performance.

Areas of Study

  1. Performance: In this area of study students prepare performances by selecting, researching, interpreting and learning solo and group works.
  2. Preparing for performance: This area of study focuses on continual development of students’ capabilities to present musically engaging and technically competent group and solo performances.
  3. Music language: In this area of study students continue to systematically develop understanding of music language used for performance, interpretation and critical listening.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. prepare and perform a program of group and solo works, and demonstrate a diverse range of techniques and expressive qualities and an understanding of a wide range of music styles and performance conventions.
  2. demonstrate and discuss techniques relevant to performance of selected works.
  3. identify, re-create, notate and transcribe short excerpts of music, and discuss the interpretation of expressive elements of music in pre-recorded works.

Assessment

  • School assessed coursework for Unit 3 will contribute 20 per cent to the final study score.

UNIT 4: Music Performance

 

This unit focuses on further development and refinement of performance and musicianship skills. Students focus on either group or solo performance and continue preparation of a performance program they will present in the end-of-year examination. All students present performances of both group and solo music works using one or more instruments and take opportunities to perform in familiar and unfamiliar venues and spaces. Through analyses of other performers’ interpretations and feedback on their own performances, students refine their interpretations and optimise their approach to performance. They continue to address challenges relevant to works they are preparing for performance and to strengthen their listening, aural, theoretical and analytical musicianship skills.

Areas of Study

  1. Performance: In this area of study students prepare performances by selecting, researching, learning and interpreting solo and

group works.

  1. Preparing for performance: This area of study focuses on continual development of students’ capabilities to present musically engaging and technically competent group and solo performances.
  2. Music language: In this area of study students continue to systematically develop their understanding of music language used for performance, interpretation, critical listening and analysis.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. prepare and perform informed interpretations in a program of group and solo works, and demonstrate a diverse range of techniques, expressive qualities and understanding of a wide range of music styles and performance conventions.
  2. demonstrate and discuss techniques relevant to refining the performance of selected works.
  3. identify, re-create, notate and transcribe short excerpts of music, and discuss the interpretation of expressive elements of music in pre-recorded works.

Assessment

  • School assessed coursework for Unit 4 will contribute 10 per cent to the final study score.
  • The end-of-year performance examination will contribute 50 percent to the final study score.
  • An end-of-year aural and written examination will contribute 20 percent to the final study score.