HS Music 2
HS Music 2 is a course for Grade 10 students that provides a great foundation for students interested in Music and for those students interested in further study in music in the IB Diploma Program.
HS Music 2 course is set up as a pre-DP Music course and features plenty of similar learning experiences including performances and composing activities.
It is recommended that students have at least two years experience playing an instrument or singing and have an ability to read music notation. This course includes listening, analysing music, composing, performing, responding and reflecting.
'Performance and Musicianship ' is a year length unit focusing on solo, small group and class ensemble performance skills. Students perform two pieces in their recital at the end of each semester. At the end of semester two students also perform a technique exam designed to engage students in developing and improving technical proficiency on their chosen instrument/voice. This unit also includes participation and performance in the Grade 10 Ensemble who will perform at the Winter Arts Showcase and Spring Arts Showcase. Musicianship is primarily student directed where students engage in developing their understanding of music notation and music theory concepts to a minimum of ABRSM Grade 2 by the end of the year.
In addition to these year length units, students undertake a first semester unit 'Listening Analysis: Unprepared Listening' where students learn to analyse scores and recordings using musical terminology and identifying aspects of elements, structure and context. In second semester, 'Listening Analysis: Set Works' engages students in the in depth analysis of two twentieth century set works Michael Nyman's Time Lapse and either Mars from 'The Planets' by Gustav Holst, or Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint.
In the final part of semester two, students will develop individual analysis skills by undertaking a Comparative Study comparing and contrasting two works of their own choice.
In HS Music 2 students will:
Performance and Musicianship
or- small group and individual performance opportunities
- class ensemble "Grade 10 Ensemble"
- solo performance recitals and masterclasses
- in class and public performances
- Winter Arts Showcase performance
- Spring Arts Showcase performance
- develop music theory and musicianship skills by engaging with a minimum of Grade 1 and 2 Music Theory More experienced students may choose to continue developing their music theory skills at higher levels.
- engaging with compositional techniques
- utilising music technology programs and software as tools in composition e.g. Sibelius, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, GarageBand
- two x minimum two minute compositions; students may choose to notate their composition or use music technology and submit a recording
Listening and Analysis
Semester 1: Unprepared Listening
- developing listening skills
- score-reading & analysis
- previously unheard works
Semester 2: Set Works
- in depth analysis of twentieth century set works selected from Michael Nyman's Time Lapse or Mars from 'The Planets' by Gustav Holst, or Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint III.Fast.
- summative assessment in both semesters is in the form of a listening paper
- develop individual analysis skills
- Comparative study in the form of a magazine article comparing and contrasting musical elements, structure and contexts of two pieces of your own choice