VCE Music Performance

This information is based on the study information provided by VCAA, and has been updated to reflect the Study Design commencing in 2017.

Rationale

VCE Music (Performance) is suited to students who wish to develop both performance and musicianship capabilities.  Units 1 to 4 aims to broaden and enrich students’ musical experience, to assist students to develop personal awareness of the expressive and aesthetic qualities of music and to encourage a life-long engagement with music and music making.

In each Unit of Study (Units 1 to 4) there are the following three Areas of Study:

  1. Performance

In this area of study students prepare performances by selecting, researching and learning solo and group works. They perform regularly in a variety of contexts and use these performances to explore ways of expressively shaping their chosen works and communicating their artistic intentions to an audience. They develop their individual instrumental and musicianship skills through regular practice and develop group skills through rehearsal and performance with other musicians.

  1. Preparing for performance

This area of study focuses on developing students’ capabilities to present musically engaging and technically competent group and solo performances. Students research the selected works to help identify and systematically practise relevant material and processes that will enhance their ability to realise the character and style of the selected group and solo works.

  1. Music language

This area of study focuses on developing an understanding of aural and written music, and analysis. Students develop their ability to hear, identify and sing fundamental components of music language including intervals, scales and triads. They also re-create and extend short melodic and rhythmic phrases, sing and play from sight and memory, and practise and refine their ability to notate music by hand. Students consider approaches to critical listening and analysis of live and recorded performances.

In Unit 2, there is a fourth Area of Study – “Organisation of sound”. This area of study focuses on creating original work as a composition or an improvisation informed by analysis of work being prepared for performance.

Unit 1

This unit focuses on building students’ performance and musicianship skills to 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 endeavour to address these challenges. Students develop their listening, aural, theoretical and analytical musicianship skills and apply this knowledge when preparing and presenting performances.

Unit 2

This unit focuses on building performance and musicianship skills. Students present performances of selected 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.

Unit 3

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.

Unit 4

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.

Entry

There are no prerequisites for entry to Units 1, 2 and 3 for Music Performance, however, to undertake Units 3 and 4 Music Performance, students should have approximately three years experience prior to Year 11 on a musical instrument or voice, and the equivalent of AMEB Grade 3 Music Theory is strongly advised. Students are required to be currently taking private instrumental/vocal tuition and must seek approval from the Head of Classroom Music to be considered for this class.

Assessment

VCE Music Performance Units 1 and 2

Procedures for the assessment of levels of achievement in Units 1 and 2 are a matter for school decision.

VCE Music Performance Units 3 and 4

  • Units 3 and 4 School-assessed Coursework (30%)
  • External end-of-year performance examination (50%)
  • External end-of-year aural and written examination (20%)