ASHS Coursebook: 2MUS (Level 2 Music)

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22/02/2017
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What is this course about?

The course develops a wide range of practical and theoretical skills, giving an opportunity for creative musicianship through composition and performance (performers should be around Grade V standard). The musical knowledge component demands analytical and advanced music theory skills (at least Grade IV standard).  Level Two builds on the knowledge required for Level One and allows you to explore a greater depth of understanding of the subject.

You are not expected to complete all the standards available but create a course that suits you.


What will I learn?

Level 2 Music flow chart

You will learn how to develop your musicianship at an advanced level.  Level Two will be delivered as a whole course with theory, composition and performance skills taught as integrated areas.  This allows you to develop as a whole musician whilst providing opportunities for high achievement in areas you may wish to specialise.  As a performer you will learn how to create an interesting recital at a high level.  You will be expected to take a lead role in ensemble work and help organise and run rehearsals in order to deliver an entertaining performance. You will be expected to practice your solo and ensemble work in your own time; As a composer you will learn how to write music with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the rules of harmony and form.  You will continue to develop your aural and theoretical skills in order to analyse and discuss music whilst using musical terminology.

What sorts of things will I do?

You will continue to develop your music studies through composing, performing and listening to music.  At Level 2 you may wish to specialise in either performing or composing which you can develop further at Level 3.  As a performer you will continue with your instrumental lessons and remain active in ensemble music.  As a composer you will write a portfolio of music which demonstrates your knowledge of musical harmony.  Your aural skills will be developed through the detailed analysis and research of music across many genres and cultures. You will be expected to work independently at Level 2.  Much of your classroom teaching must be continued in your own time in order to achieve at the best of your ability.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4




Key Dates / Milestones
  • AS91273 Instrumentation is completed by week 11
  • Two works will have been studied for the Externals AS91277, AS91276, AS91275
Key Dates / Milestones
  • School Show
  • Performance Opportunities are given throughout the term.
  • If completing a composition portfolio one composition must be completed by the end of week 10 AS91271
  • Two further works for theExternals AS91277, AS91276, AS91275 will be completed
Key Dates / Milestones
  • Music showcase week 4 as a performance opportunity.
  • AS91278 Investigate an Aspect of NZ Music must be completed by week 9
  • AS91271 Second composition must be completed by week 9
  • A further work for Externals AS91277, AS91276, AS91275 will be completed.

Key Dates / Milestones

  • All solo and group performances must be performed by week 2. AS91270, AS91274 and AS91272

What standards can I enter?

Summary of standards:
NCEA Level: Standard Number: Name of standard: Version Number: Credits: Assessment: Term to be completed in:
2
AS91270
Perform two substantial pieces of music as a featured soloist.
2
6
Internal
Performances must be completed every term with a final performance in Term 3
2
AS91271 And/or
2
6
Internal
At lease one composition must be completed each term with the final portfolio submitted in Term 3.
Compose two substantial pieces of music
2
AS91272 Demonstrate ensemble skills by performing a substantial piece of music as a member of a group 2
4
Internal
Performances will take place each term with a final opportunity in Term 3
2 AS91274 Perform a substantial piece of music as a featured soloist on a second instrument 2 3 Internal Performances will take place each term with a final opportunity in Term 3
2
AS91273
Devise an instrumentation for an ensemble
2
4
Internal
Term 1
2 AS91278

Investigate an aspect of New Zealand music.

(Literacy Credits)

2 4 Internal Term 3
2
AS91275
Demonstrate aural skill through written representation 3
4
External
Term 3/4
2
AS91276

Demonstrate knowledge of conventions in a range of music scores.

(Literacy Credits)

3
4
External
Term 3/4
2
AS91277

Demonstrate understanding of two substantial contrasting music works.

(Literacy Credits)

3
6
External
Term 3/4









Total available credits: 41

You are not expected to complete all of the above standards your teacher will help you devise a pathway that is best for you.

Resubmissions can be made available for all performance standards in Term 4

Literacy = Level 1 literacy

Numeracy = Level 1 numeracy

Please check the actual date of the assessment on the ASHS calendar

Vocational Pathways provide a framework for students to show how their learning and achievement is valued in the workplace by aligning learning to the skills needed for industry.  Follow this link to see the profile for this course.

Frequently asked questions:

Do I have to have Level 1 Music to do Level 2? No but it does help. Many of the skills covered in Level 1 are developed further in Level 2. If you are unsure talk to your Music teacher and they will be able to help you decide.

Do I have to be good at Music Theory? Yes, you will struggle with this course if you have no theoretical knowledge.  In order to Achieve the Standards you need to be working at or above Grade IV theory.  If you are not yet at this level you will need to attend tutorials at break and lunch-times in order to catch up.

Do I have to complete all of the assessments? You may chose not to take Music at Level 2 but complete the performance credits which is fine as long as you have discussed this with your music teacher. If you are taking Music Level 2 as a subject you are expected to complete all assessments to your best ability.

Can I chose between Composition and Performance at Level 2? Yes you can however it is advised if you are having instrumental lessons to complete both elements at Level 2 and specialise when you get to Level 3.

'Do I 'have to take instrumental music lessons? It is advised that you do take instrumental lessons if you are planning on completing Performance credits. You will be marked on your technical ability and your performance pieces have to be contrasting in genre. Go to our school Music Facebook page to see what Music looks like at ASHS: Music at Albany Senior High School NZ

www.facebook.com/pages/Music-at-Albany-Senior-High-School-NZ/167259846642403