Music units 1 & 2
Music is an integral part of all cultures and societies, both contemporary and historical. The study of music develops students’ understanding of artistic processes and contributes to the development of the aesthetic, cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains.
VCE Music offers students opportunities to engage in the practice of performing, creating and studying music that is representative of diverse genres, styles and cultures. Students can specialise in one or more approaches to the study of music, depending on their VCE program overall and the post-VCE pathways they may be interested in following.
Students develop knowledge of stylistic, aesthetic and expressive qualities and characteristics of music and develop their ability to communicate their understanding through music making: performing, composing, arranging and/or improvising; and musicianship: aural perception, analysis and music language.
VCE Music offers students opportunities for personal development and to make an ongoing contribution to the culture of their community through participation in life-long music making.
The study is made up of ten units:
- Music Performance Units 1, 2, 3 and 4
- Music Investigation Units 3 and 4
- Music Style and Composition Units 1, 2, 3 and 4
Students may enrol in all units or select specific combinations of units that cater for their interests and intended pathways.
Each unit contains between two and four areas of study.
The following diagram outlines the structure of VCE Music 2011–2015:
This unit focuses on building performance and musicianship skills. Students present performances of selected group and solo music works using one or more instruments. They study the work of other performers and explore strategies to optimise their own approach to performance. They identify technical, expressive and stylistic challenges relevant to works they are preparing for performance and practise technical work to address these challenges. They also develop skills in performing previously unseen music. Students study aural, theory and analysis concepts to develop their musicianship skills and apply this knowledge when preparing and presenting performances.
In this unit students build their performance and musicianship skills. They present performances of selected group and solo music works using one or more instruments. Students study the work of other performers through listening and analysis and use specific strategies to optimise their own approach to performance. They also study strategies for developing technical and expressive performance skills. They identify technical, expressive and stylistic challenges relevant to works they are preparing for performance and practise related technical work. They develop skills in performing previously unseen music and study specific concepts to build their musicianship knowledge and skills. Students also devise an original composition or improvisation.
Music Style and Composition
This unit involves an exploration of a wide range of music styles. Students listen to music excerpts from different styles, traditions, times and places. They analyse specific works from three distinct music styles including music from a non-western style or tradition. They become familiar with the elements of music and consider the various ways composers/music creators treat these elements and use compositional devices to create music works. Students compose and/or arrange brief creative exercises in response to the practices of other composers/creators.
This unit explores how composers and/or creators use music to create effects and elicit responses in multi-disciplinary forms.
Students listen to music excerpts from diverse styles and respond to the ways elements of music and compositional devices are used to create specific effects. Students study multi-disciplinary works that combine music and non-musical elements, and investigate how music is used in combination with these other elements. Students also consider the role and function of music in the complete work, for example ways it advances a narrative, provides commentary on a narrative or communicates a mood or feeling. Students create music for a multi-disciplinary work in a form of their choice.
The award of satisfactory completion for a unit is based on a decision that the student has demonstrated achievement of the set of outcomes specified for the unit. This decision will be based on the teacher’s assessment of the student’s performance on assessment tasks designated for the unit.