Music Year 10 (Option 1)

Course Description

At year 10, Students will learn:

  • A chosen instrument (see instrumental programme)
  • Basic Keyboard theory knowledge
  • Music theory
  • Composition skills
  • Listening skills
  • Elements and features of a specific music work

At this level students will continue to develop:
• an understanding of music through the study of performers, composers, genres and pieces of music from different eras and cultures in past and present contexts.
• practical knowledge in music from a range of activities by learning to use symbols and systems for representing and shaping sounds.
• the skills of communicating and interpreting in music through rehearsing and presenting musical performances.
• Ideas in music by improvising, composing and notating music using their aural skills and imagination, and their understanding of the materials and structures available to create music.

Course Standards
10MUS001 Perform pieces of music as a featured soloist: Students will be required to perform at least two times in front of their class. Students will be marked holistically across the two performances.
10MUS002 Demonstrate knowledge of a music topic: Students will complete assessment tasks that synthesize the knowledge they have gained about the music topic that is studied.
10MUS003 Demonstrate knowledge of score reading and music literacy: Students will complete a test to measure their development of music reading skills.
10MUS004 Compose two original pieces of music: Throughout the year students will develop simple compositional skills and will produce two original compositions.
10MUS005 Perform a piece of music as a group: Students will perform one piece of music as a member of a group.

Instrumental Programme
Year 10 students are required to learn an instrument, attend weekly lessons provided at school and practice that instrument at home. Students must have access to an instrument at home. This will ensure they are prepared for NCEA Music where the standard required at Level 1 is that the student has been playing their instrument for three years.

Instrument lessons available are: trumpet, trombone, euphonium, flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drum kit and voice.

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry, however it is recommended that students have taken year 9 music. 

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students must either own or hire an instrument and be having instrumental lessons. Itinerant lessons (free instrumental lessons at school) are offered in the following instruments – trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone (alto, tenor and baritone), guitar, drums and voice. Availability of instrumental lessons depends on demand. Students will need to have their own earphones or headphones.