Level 3 Composing Music - Creative Sounds - Semester A

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms P. Sherry

Aim  To develop composition skills and create three pieces of music.

In this course you will learn the skills and knowledge required to compose music in varying styles and to arrange existing music. Through this you can develop your own individual compositional style. You will also develop skills in using different modes of technology to write and record your musical ideas. You can create music either individually or in groups with other students within the class.  You will  learn to critique through modeling others compositions and peer evaluation of your own compositions. It is expected that students will develop skills in all areas but will complete between 8 and 12 credits for assessment. 

Not all skills taught will be assessed

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Software fees $5
Students will have the opportunity to attend one concert during this course. This will offer students a chance to experience music from genres outside their normal listening parameters and through this extend their knowledge in composition. It is optional, transport and ticket costs to be advised.

Recommended Prior Learning

Six level 2 Music credits (including either arrangement or composition achievement standard at level 1) or by interview with the HOF.

Credit Information

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
U.S. 23730 v4 Operate music sequencing, editing, and music notation application(s)
A.S. 91419 v2 Making Music 3.4 - Communicate musical intention by composing three original pieces of music
A.S. 91424 v2 Music Studies 3.9 - Create two arrangements for an ensemble
A.S. 91849 v1 Making Music 3.11 - Compose three original songs that express imaginative thinking
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 20

* 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: 28 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 28 credits.

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