The purpose of Music 2 is to provide students with the opportunity to build on the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes gained in Music 7-10 and encourage the desire to continue learning in formal and informal music settings after school. The course provides students with opportunities to extend their musical knowledge with a focus on Western art music and it will serve as a pathway for further formal study in tertiary institutions. The course is adaptable to suit the different interests and needs of students, with the opportunity for a broad study of music or to pursue and develop more specialised knowledge and skills.
Topics studied in Year 11
- Music: 1600-1900
- Music: 1900-1945
Topics studied in Year 12
- Music of the Last 25 Years (Australian focus)
- Music from 1945 to last 25 years
What do you do in this course?
In addition to core studies in performance, composition, musicology and aural, students nominate one elective study in either Performance (2 additional performance pieces), Composition (1 additional composition) or Musicology (extended reponse, 1500 words).
All students will be required to perform one piece for the core HSC performance and develop a composition portfolio for the core HSC composition.
Students will also engage in sight singing, melodic dictation, score reading, music technology, and improvisation.
How can this course help you in the future?
Music 2 provides an opportunity to develop deeper skills in the use of formal, written notation, with a study focused on significant historical composers and the application of harmony and aural skills in compositions.
It provides a stepping stone to further study in tertiary education which can lead to music related industries and professions such as Music Performance, Music Directing, Musical Theatre, Conducting, Composition for Film or TV, Audio Engineering, Session Musician, Studio Recording, Music Education, Music Therapy, Arts Administrator, Band Manager, Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer.