Music (A/T/M/R)

students at Gungahlin College

Course information

The Music Course is designed for students who wish to engage in the study of music as an expressive but disciplined art form and who may wish to study music after college. It is based upon the study of the elements of music and is centred on creating music and the practice of theory and performance. They will study historical perspectives as well as develop and improve skills in performance, creating composition work through music recording, notating scores, listening analysis and other aural components. It is recommended that students have some musical interest for the study of courses at the A level. For the study of T Music it is desirable for students to have a background in music. Within the course the styles of Classical, Jazz, or Contemporary music are offered and students may wish to study modules in one or in a combination of styles.

Students will have the opportunity to use the most contemporary software with Sibelius for composition work and Garage Band for recording.

Post-school pathways

Do you enjoy or are you good at Music? (pdf, 110kb)

Workload expectation

All Performing Arts units have an emphasis on practical work with the inclusion of written analytical tasks and composition tasks.

Course patterns

Available as a Minor, Major, Major-Minor

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Introduction to Music

2

Ensembles

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Introduction to Music

2

Ensembles

3

Music for Film

4

Rock & Pop Music

Unit descriptions

Introduction to Music

The focus of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the elements of music and to explore these concepts through listening analysis, composition, research and performance.

Rock and Pop Music

The focus of this unit is to explore, understand and appreciate the various genres throughout the history of rock and pop music. Students will explore the importance of the artists, the culture in regards to each style and learn to make aesthetic judgements through listening analysis. Students will be provided with the opportunity to interpret these styles in individual and group ensemble performance work as well as create and improvise using some of the specific composition tools.

Music for Theatre

The focus of this unit is to explore the development of vocal entertainment and examine and appreciate the various styles throughout the history of musical theatre. Students will explore the composers and develop skills in analysing, understanding and interpreting music in a wide variety of social, cultural and historical contexts in verbal and written form. Students will be provided with the opportunity to interpret these styles in individual and group ensemble performance work as well as create and improvise using some of the specific composition tools.

Music for Film

The focus of this unit is to explore the function and importance of music to film and to examine the impact of technology for the composer in all genres. Students will explore the types of film music and the role and development of the composer in film through analysing, understanding and interpreting music in a wide variety of social, cultural and historical contexts in verbal and written form. Students will be provided with the opportunity to interpret these styles in individual and group ensemble performance work as well as increase technical practical skills through performance of solo/ensemble works at a standard appropriate with their level of study.

Music and the Media

The focus of this unit is to explore the important role of music in films, television series and advertisements and develop an understanding and appreciation for the way in which music is used to enhance film, television and advertising. Students will learn how to create music suitable to a particular mood or audience and record music. Students will be provided with the opportunity to perform themes and jingles from familiar films and television programs.


Music Performance (selective)

Music Performance is a unique program offering the students opportunities for extension in music study with a focus on public performances. Selection is by invitation and takes place at the end of term 1 in each year. Year 12 continuing students may remain in this class for 7 terms to complete the double major.

The Music Performance Program:

  • Provides students with the opportunity to further develop music skills and preparing for public performances/events.
  • Develops individual and/ensemble work.
  • Features chamber groups, rock, jazz or other ensemble groups.

Performances may include formal and social events in the outer community and school community, such as the Excellence awards, Graduation, school assemblies, festivals, and, competitions such as ‘The Battle of the Bands’. Other events may include Eisteddfods, Floriade, and performances at Gungahlin shops, preschools and aged care facilities for entertainment and connection to the wider community.

Students could choose to do this course as a Tertiary/Accredited course or R unit (T/A/R), and it would be considered for night class.
The expectation of students wanting to undertake a Major/minor or double Major would naturally go into this unit as their second unit since they should be a proficient musician.