VCE Music Performance

Music Performance

Unit 1&2: Performance

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 1: Builds performance skills and musicianship through prepared and unprepared performances and analysis.

Unit 2: Continues skill development with selected works, technical exercises, and composition/improvisation.
Assessment: Includes solo/group performances, technical demonstrations, unprepared performances, written reports, theory exercises, and composition tasks, internally assessed by the college.

While no formal prerequisites exist for Units 1 and 2, a strong background in music is recommended. Assessment is 50% based on performance from a set repertoire, with flexibility for approved works. Classes with fewer than five students may collaborate with other schools. Year 9 and 10 music students can apply for accelerated entry into VCE Music Performance. For further information, contact the Music Leader.

Areas of Study:
• Performance
• Preparing for performance
• Music language
• Organisation of sound
• Students select and perform group and solo works, focusing on instrumental techniques and expressive interpretations. Assessment includes solo/group performances and theoretical understanding.

Unit 3&4: Performance

These units aim to enhance performance and musicianship skills, focusing on group or solo performance. Students prepare a performance program for the year-end examination, performing in various venues. They analyse other performers’ work, refine their strategies, and tackle technical challenges. The curriculum emphasizes listening, theoretical understanding, and analytical skills.

Entry: There are no formal prerequisites for entry to Unit 3, Music Inquiry, Music Contemporary Performance, Music Repertoire Performance or Music Composition. However, it is strongly recommended that students have a background of commitment and achievement in music, in order to make the most of the opportunities presented in the course of study.

Students must undertake Unit 3 and 4 as a sequence. For further details please email the Head of Music.

Students choose from four options:
• Music Inquiry
• Music Contemporary Performance
• Music Repertoire Performance
• Music Composition

Assessment varies by stream, including school-assessed coursework and external assessments. Music Inquiry focuses on performance, analysis, and response. Music Contemporary Performance emphasises performance analysis and response. Music Repertoire Performance centres on performance, analysis, and responding to music by others. Music Composition focuses on creating, analysing, and responding to music.

Assessment tasks include performance, composition, analysis, and critical responses. External assessments contribute significantly to the study score.

Life Skills: Skills obtained in this area will enable students to further develop their talent in the music area and gain the confidence to perform in public. Some Universities and TAFE courses will require students to audition for placement. This subject will enable students to gain confidence and skills required for such auditions.